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Whilst tennis players and fans swarm to SW19, London in July, Destinology looks at what the top seeds have left behind, and what makes their home the perfect destination for a Game, Set and Match city break.  

Which players and cities will be your winners?

Federer V Djokovic

Roger Federer is Swiss and he currently calls Zürich home.

Flight time: 1 hr 45 Mins

Zürich is best explored on foot but clever people buy the Zürich Card for when they get tired – it gives free travel on local transport.

 

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Viadukt Arches. Zürich’s railway viaduct, built in 1894, is a trendy shopping and cultural area. Under the 36 arches visitors will find a shopping paradise with galleries and sports and fashion boutiques. At the heart of it all is a Market Hall where local farmers and food vendors serve their wares. Shop and Eat.

 

Fraumünster Church. Situated in the Old Town this church and convent, founded in 853, was visited by kings and had the right to mint coins. It’s most stunning treasures are the stained-glass windows by Augusto Giacometti and March Chagall.

 

Cassiopeia Boardwalk. The walkway extends 100m into the lake making the Alpine panorama seem closer to the city. The boardwalk gives you the impression you are standing in the middle of the lake. Lit at night it offers a starry night view, if weather permits, and an ace view of the constellation Cassiopeia.

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Novak Djokovic, Serbian born, lives in Monte Carlo.

Flight time: 2 hrs 10mins

Monte Carlo. There is more to Monte Carlo than the yachts, Casino and Grand Prix! Best explored by limousine!

 

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Cercle d’Or. Take advantage of the fact the most prestigious brands and designs are all in one place – Alexander McQueen, Bvlgari, Cartier, Chanel, Dior, Gucci and the list goes on. Shopping finished you can cat walk to Café de Paris, a Monaco hotspot with an outdoor terrace from which you can soak up the atmosphere and view.

 

On the Rock of Monaco (The Old Town). The Prince’s Palace features and Italian-style arcade which runs along the State Apartments, Throne Room and Palatine Chapel. Visitors can enter the home of the Sovereign Family from June to October – The Grand Apartments have hosted Queens, (not the tennis tournament), Kings, Popes, Emperors and you?

 

Jimmy'z. Monte-Carlo’s ‘temple of clubbing’. Monte-Carlo Sporting Club has been home to Jimmy'z since 1975. DJ royalty including Mark Ronson, FatBoy Slim and Robin Schultz have served up dance floor smashes here and you must see the Japanese gardens and floating lagoon with Summer Bar.

Nadal V Zverev

Rafa Nadal was born and raised in Majorca and he still calls it home.

Fight time: 2 hrs 20 mins

Majorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands, it’s capital is Palma, 30 miles from Manacor, Nadal’s home town. Best explored on foot, everywhere is walking distance.

 

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Paseo del Borne and Avenida Jamine III These streets are the most prestigious shopping streets in Palma. Boutiques sell designer labels and high street fashion including the Spanish brand Zara. The adjoining narrow streets are also home to galleries, jewellery and shoe shops. Visit Isabel Guarch on Playa del Mercat a jewellery designer popular with royalty and the stars.

 

La Seu. The Cathedral dominates the landscape with its gothic style, and buttresses overlooking the port. It has one of the largest stained-glass windows in the world. The whole building is best photographed from a boat trip or the beach where you get the best impression of its 'Grand Slam' stature.

 

The Old Town. Narrow streets wind upwards to reveal courtyards and squares with Renaissance, Baroque and Gothic architecture. In the evening bars and restaurants offer traditional tapas dishes which they met let you try and outdoor eating areas are vibrant and full of life. Try the Naranja ice-cream, famous on the island.

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Alexander Zverev is a German player who lives part of the year in America, but his other home is Hamburg.

Flight time: 1hr 35 mins

Germany’s second largest city and with more bridges than Venice, it embraces everything contemporary. Get a Hamburg card for travelling around on buses, trains and harbour ferries.

 

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Schanzenviertel. Historically a working-class area, the neighbourhood has been renovated in the last few years, but it retains its sense of counter-culture and jamming alternative scene. Browse through independent record stores and boutiques enjoy cosy cafes and lively pubs. Laid back and ‘now’ it is popular with the young and trendy. Maybe you will see Zverev here.

 

St Michaelis Church. Over 350 years old, the Steeple platform is 106m high and offers breezy but exceptional views of the city. If you want a workout visit in the day as you can choose the stairs and see the church bells but at night the high speed, modern elevator is a winner and the city lights twinkles below you.

 

Reeperbahn. Lined with restaurants, bars, theatres, discos and nightclubs this is the city’s most famous nightlife street - it's a racquet! Neighbouring Große Freiheit, Great Freedom, was where the Beatles had their first performance in Club Indra – still open today.

And the top Ladies

Muguruza v Garcia

Garbine Muguruza is a Spanish/Venezuelan player who currently holds the Singles Title. She currently resides in Geneva.

Flight Time: 1 hr 50 mins

Geneva is situated on Lake Geneva, Switzerland. It is easy to travel as you can use the tram lines and the ‘volleybus’, I mean trolleybus, system using your UNIRESO ticket.

 

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Rue Du Rhone. Geneva is home to watchmaking and the Rue du Rhone is ‘game, set and match’ for the fashion-conscious watch wearer. Patek Phillipe, Frank Muller and Piaget are just a few makers to pass time in. Stop and listen for the Malbuisson Clock its chimes and mechanical parade are not to be missed.

 

Palais de Nations. The United Nations Office is the centre for multilateral diplomacy and a tour gets you a behind the scene look at UN activities. Fine artwork and donations are on display and the building itself is an architectural wonder. You can only visit with a tour so avoid an unforced error and pre-book.

 

Jet d’Eau Fountain. Originally built in 1886 to control hydraulic pressure the Jet became a symbol of strength to the city so it was amplified and relocated to the lake. It pumps 500 litres of water per second to heights of 140m. The viewing area is open subject to conditions, as it could leave you a little wet and it won’t be your fault! We recommend a night time view.

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Caroline Garcia was born in Saint-Germin-en Laye, France but now lives in Lyon.

Flight Time: 1 hr 55 mins

Lyon is a city of museums - from fine arts, to puppetry, to chocolate - there is something for everyone. Travel using the Lyon City Card which gives unlimited access to metro, tramlines and bus and some entry to attractions.

 

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Les Bateaux Lyonnais. Take a break and sail along the river Saone and view the city from the water. Relax for an hour on the water whilst you travel into the heart of the city, past some of the Unesco World Heritage districts before you explore them for yourself.

 

The 5th Arrondissement. The historic centre has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1998. St Jean Cathedral – Pope John XX11 was crowned here and Anne Marie de la Primatiale is one of the largest bells known to date. The Basilica Notre Dame de Fourviere dominates the area and is worth visiting as it is richly decorated with mosaics that retrace the Virgin Mary’s history in France.

 

The 2nd Arrondissement. Here your tastebuds will be tempted by all things French and delicious. Try Maison Richart for chocolate, macaroons and desserts; Pignol Patisserie for cakes and pastries; Biscuiterie La Trinitaine for biscuits and Breton Cakes and Giraudet for their quenelles and sauces. Watch your base line as some exercise will be needed after these indulgences.

Where will be your championship destination?

Take a break and make one of these European Cities your winner.

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