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2 TOP 10 en el Argentina Open: Thiem y Cilic

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Buenos Aires, 17 de octubre, 2017 – El Argentina Open tendrá por primera vez en el Buenos Aires a dos grandes estrellas del circuito de la ATP: el croata Marin Cilic, cuarto en el ranking mundial, campeón del US Open en 2014 y finalista del último torneo de Wimbledon, y el francés Gael Monfils, ex número 6 del mundo. Ellos se unen al austríaco Dominic Thiem, sexto del mundo y campeón de la cita bonaerense en 2015, quien la semana pasada también confirmó su presencia en las canchas del Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis del 10 al 18 de febrero de 2018. Las entradas se pondrán a la venta el 8 de noviembre por los canales oficiales de Ticketek.

Cilic, que estuvo en Buenos Aires en 2012 disputando los cuartos de final de la Copa Davis, lleva ganados 17 torneos en el circuito mundial, totalizando 30 finales. Es uno de los mejores del momento, no en vano esta temporada disputó la final de Wimbledon ante Roger Federer. En Londres no pudo repetir su victoria sobre el suizo como lo hizo en las semifinales del US Open 2014, antes de coronarse campeón ante el japonés Kei Nishikori. A sus 29 años, Cilic también tiene un título de Masters 1000, conquistado en Cincinnati en 2016. El croata, actualmente quinto en la carrera y fue semifinalista la semana pasada en Shanghai, está a un paso de clasificarse para las WTA Finals de Londres, donde ya se ha ganado una plaza Dominic Thiem, quien le acompañará en Buenos Aires.

“Estoy contento de jugar al Argentina Open por primera vez. Estuve en Buenos Aires hace unos años para la Copa Davis y me encantó la experiencia. Será especial volver a jugar delante de los aficionados argentinos de nuevo”, dijo Cilic, el número cuatro del mundo.

Monfils también se suma a la fiesta

El galo de 29 años, uno de los jugadores más carismáticos del circuito, traerá a las canchas porteñas su tenis espectacular. Monfils lleva seis torneos ganados en su carrera, fue finalista de tres Masters 1000 y semifinalista en Roland Garros (2008) y el US Open (2016). Su mejor actuación esta temporada fue la final en el torneo de Eastbourne, en Inglaterra. Con su estilo de juego versátil, Monfils, actual 46o en el ranking de la ATP y duelo de un estilo de juego versátil, disfruta de jugar en canchas repletas de público. Monfils disfrutó de Buenos Aires en una exhibición en 2011, mientras que esta será la primera vez que venga a la Argentina a disputar un torneo oficial.

“Finalmente conseguí poner a Buenos Aires en mi calendario. Hace tiempo que yo tengo ganas de jugar el torneo y ahora va a suceder. Me encanta Argentina y tengo muchas ganas de disfrutar de la ciudad y jugar bien allí”, dijo Monfils.

“Contar con la presencia de dos Top 10 en el Argentina Open 2018, con Cilic y Thiem hace que el torneo sea uno de los más fuertes de nuestra historia. Y además sumar a Monfils es otro logro cumplido por que veníamos buscándole desde hace tiempo. ¡Vamos a tener un torneazo!” dijo Martín Jaite, director del torneo.

Por decimosexto año consecutivo el Argentina Open volverá a su cita con el público argentino. La cita con el único ATP 250 que se disputa en el Cono Sur es los días 10 al 18 de febrero en las canchas del Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club. Las entradas saldrán a la venta el 8 de noviembre por los canales de venta habituales de Ticketek.

El Argentina Open cuenta con el apoyo de Peugeot, Emirates, Fila, y Wilson, y el hotel oficial será Sheraton Buenos Aires. El torneo volverá a emitirse en vivo por TyC Sports a lo largo de la semana.

Marin Cilic (CRO)

Edad: 29 años
Nacimiento: Medjugorje, Bosnia y Herzegovina
Ranking: 4o
Mejor clasificado: 4o (2017)
Entrenadores: Jonas Bjorkman e Iván Cinkus
Títulos en la carrera: 17
Mejor temporada en Grand Slam: campeón del US Open (2014) Mejor temporada en 2017: subcampeón de Wimbledon

Gael Monfils (FRA)

Edad: 32 años
Nacimiento: París, Francia
Ranking: 42o
Mejor Ranking: 6o (2007)
Entrenador: Mikael Tillstrom
Títulos: 6
Mejor temporada en Grand Slam: semifinalista de Roland Garros (2008) US Open (2016)
Mejor temporada en 2017: subcampeón de Eastbourne, en Inglaterra

Tsonga adds European Open to his tally

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is the winner of the European Open 2017. In the final, the Frenchman was too strong for Diego Schwartzman, beating him 6-3, 7-5 . The duo of Scott Lipsky / Divij Sharan won the doubles earlier in the day.

Tsonga started the final very impressively. With a 3-2 lead he went through Schwartzman’s service. That break was enough to take the first set. The Frenchman played a very solid game based on his exceptionally strong serve. Tsonga continued to dominate at the start of set two and quickly took a lead of 2-0. Schwartzman, who was playing his second final in a row at the European Open then made a comeback. The Argentine won 3 games in a row and even had 2 breakpoints at 4-2. It was a cue for Tsonga to hit two aces and produce some fantastic tennis to take away Schwartzman’s opportunity to break. Then Tsonga broke Schwartzman, but once again Schwartzman showed his great warrior heart and broke Tsonga.

At 5-5, Tsonga went up a gear and Schwartzman’s number of errors became too large. The Argentine lost his service game one more time and then Tsonga served for the match and was victorious at the European Open.

Second final for Schwartzman at European Open

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Diego Schwartzman and the European Open appear to be a successful marriage. For the second consecutive year, Argentina is in a position to win the final. In the final (16.15hrs), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga awaits.

Diego Schwartzman finished the second half of the day playing Stefanos Tsitsipas who was a bit too strong for home player David Goffin in the quarterfinals. After a straight 6-3 in the first set, the spectators in the Lotto Arena got to see numerous exciting rallies and high-end tennis in set 2. Only at 5-5 did Schwarzman distance himself from the 19-year-old Greek. For Tsitsipas this was an end to a great week, for Schwartzman it will be his second final in a row at the European Open. Last year he succumbed to Richard Gasquet in the final. Like last year, another Frenchman awaits, this time it is Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Tsonga won 6-3 6-3 against Ruben Bemelmans, earlier today.

Tsonga and Goffin open Antwerp campaigns with wins

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Second seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who is bidding to capture his 16th ATP World Tour title this week, moved into his eighth quarter-final (or better) this year by beating fellow Frenchman and qualifier Kenny De Schepper 6-4, 6-3 in 88 minutes at the European Open.

Tsonga, who is 30-13 on the season, will next face another compatriot, 35-year-old Julien Benneteau. Tsonga has already lifted silverware in 2017 at the ABM AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam (d. Goffin), the Open 13 in Marseille (d. Pouille) and the Open Parc Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Lyon in Lyon (d. Berdych).

David Goffin maintained his good form, also advancing to the quarter-finals with a 7-6(1), 6-2 win against #NextGenATP Frances Tiafoe. The Belgian, who won back-to-back titles at the Shenzhen Open and the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships 2017, is in the No. 8 slot in the Emirates ATP Race To London with 2,750 points. He seeks his second appearance at The O2 in London after appearing last year as an alternate, playing Novak Djokovic.

Goffin was broken in just his second service game of the match, but managed to retrieve it immediately. He then staved off four Tiafoe break opportunities later in the set before surging to a 6/0 lead in the tie-break, an advantage he did not relinquish. The 26 year old lost just three points on serve in the second set, winning double the number of points.

The Belgian stalled Tiafoe’s bid in the Emirates ATP Race To Milan. The American is No. 9 in the race with 662 points, currently 110 points behind Daniil Medvedev, who won on Thursday in Moscow to jump into seventh, the final automatic qualifying spot.

One player who also bolstered his chances in the same Race in Antwerp was Goffin’s next opponent, #NextGenATP and Greek qualifier Stefanos Tsitsipas, who booked a spot in his first ATP World Tour quarter-final on Thursday when leading Ivo Karlovic of Croatia 7-6(4), 5-6. Karlovic retired after injuring his left ankle while serving.

Fourth seed and last year’s finalist Diego Schwartzman needed one hour and 41 minutes to beat #NextGenATP American Ernesto Escobedo 6-3, 7-6(5) for a place in the quarter-finals against fifth-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer, who beat Steve Darcis, 7-5, 5-7, 6-3.

Story courtesy ATPWorldTour.com

Ferrer and #NextGenATP players advance

Fifth seed David Ferrer fought for more than two hours and 20 minutes on Tuesday to advance at the European Open.

The Spaniard beat 25-year-old Italian Stefano Travaglia 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(3) to move into the second round in Antwerp. Ferrer, a titlist in Bastad earlier this year, will next face German Cedrik-Marcel Stebe or Belgian Steve Darcis.

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#NextGenATP American Frances Tiafoe bolstered his chances of reaching the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals next month in Milan by beating German Florian Mayer 6-3, 6-4. Tiafoe won 47 per cent (28/60) of his return points in the 58-minute victory.
The 19 year old is currently in 10th place in the Emirates ATP Race To Milan. The top seven in the Race will qualify for the eight-player tournament, to be held 7-11 November. The eighth spot is reserved for the winner of an Italian 21-and-under tournament.

Tiafoe has 662 Race points, 98 behind seventh-placed Hyeon Chung of South Korea. Tiafoe faces top seed David Goffin in the second round. The right-hander held two match points against Goffin in their only prior FedEx Head2Head meeting before losing at 2016 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

Two other #NextGenATP players with their hopes set on Milan also advanced in Antwerp. American Ernesto Escobedo, who reached the semi-finals earlier this year in Houston, beat Canada’s Denis Shapovalov in a #NextGenATP battle, 7-6(5), 6-4.

#NextGenATP Greek Stefano Tsitsipas upset sixth seed Pablo Cuevas 6-1, 6-4. Cuevas has now lost nine consecutive matches.

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Both Escobedo and Tsitsipas still could qualify for the Next Gen ATP Finals. Escobedo is in 11th place with 497 points, 263 behind seventh-placed Chung. Tsitsipas sits in 13th place with 477 points, 283 behind Chung.

Escobedo next faces fourth seed Diego Schwartzman of Argentina. Tsitsipas will meet Croatian Ivo Karlovic.

Story courtesy ATPWorldTour.com

Zizou Bergs – New Tennium player

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One day after his match in the ATP 250 European Open in Antwerp, Zizou Bergs, one of Belgian Next Gen tennis players, announces proudly the addition of two new members to his team: Kristoff Puelinckx (Tennium) and Enric Molina (Momentum Talent).

Founder & CEO of Tennium, Kristoff Puelinckx, will give Zizou key development support through Tennium, the Global Tennis Platform. Enric Molina will be Zizou’s players agent.

They will both be actively involved in guiding and supervising Zizou’s transition into a successful professional career.

Advisor Kristoff Puelinckx: “We are very proud to support Zizou and we look forward to bringing our wealth of experience in the tennis industry to his corner during this critical stage of his career”.

In making the announcement of his new worldwide marketing and representation agreement, Enric Molina, Owner & CEO of Momentum Talent Sports, states: “We are very excited to be working with such a promising young talent as Zizou. He has a tremendous potential to become one of the tennis stars of tomorrow”.

Zizou says: “I am very pleased to be adding Kristoff and Enric to my great team. They will bring me and my team to the next level. I am in the beginning of my professional career and I strongly believe they can help me to achieve my dreams.”

Next to Kristoff and Enric, Zizou Bergs’ core team is composed of Head Coach Johan Van Herck (world class coach and Belgium’s Davis Cup Captain), Assistant Coach Tom Devries, Fitness Trainer Jonas Wallens and Sports Psychologist Bert De Cuyper.

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ABOUT ZIZOU Bergs

Zizou Bergs is an 18-year-old proud Belgian tennis player from Neerpelt and is currently Belgian number1 junior and reached a career high world junior ranking of 12.
Country              :   Belgium

Birth Date         :   03 June 1999

Birth Place        :   Lommel, Belgium

Residence          :   Neerpelt, Belgium

Height                 :   1.88 meters

Weight                :   82 kilos

Plays                     :   Right

ATP                        :   1538 (09.10.17)

Club                      :   Topsport centrum Tennis Vlaanderen, Wilrijk, Belgium

CONTACT

Kristoff Puelinckx

Mail kp@tennium.com

Enric Molina

Mail enric@momentum-talent.com

 

Team Belgium wins European Open Pedalo Cup

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On Monday morning, more than a month before the final of the Davis Cup between France and Belgium, both countries faced off in battle … on the water! Team Belgium convincingly won the European Open Pedalo Cup in the docks of the Port of Antwerp.

All the major Belgian names and a few of France’s best players in the main draw of the European Open, the only ATP World Tour tournament in Belgium, is a taste of what is to come next month: Belgium-France. Before the battle on the tennis court in the Lotto Arena begins, a smaller battle took place on the water on Monday morning on the docks of the iconic Antwerp Port House. In a pedalo competition, David Goffin and Steve Darcis won against Benoit Paire and Sébastien Grosjean, former number 4 in the world and winner of the Davis Cup in 2001.
The Australian Nick Kyrgios acted as chief umpire of the pedalo contest and saw Team Belgium take a flying start. Team France had some difficulty in navigating and could not make up for the lost time. And so David Goffin and Steve Darcis were the clear winners of the European Open Pedalo Cup! Afterwards, the protagonists could analyze their performance at a press conference in the Port’s panorama hall, and chat about the upcoming week of tennis.

“Let’s be honest, the opposition today was not that strong,” said Steve Darcis with a wink. “Our boat was sabotaged,” replied Benoit Paire. “In the Davis Cup, it may be a bit more exciting,” continued Darcis. “I had a great time on the water, it was a great idea!”. David Goffin also found the European Open Pedalo Cup pure fun. “I don’t know if the French will have recovered from this heavy effort next month. The physical and psychological benefit in the Davis Cup is for us,” joked Goffin.

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GOFFIN: ‘CONFIDENTIAL BOARD’

After this little outing the conversation got more serious and focused on tennis. Goffin has been back on home turf for three days after a successful Asian tour with tournament wins in Shenzhen and Tokyo. “I’m happy to be in Belgium again. I feel good and have a few more days to recover from the time difference. Also, I won’t yet think about my first match on Thursday, though I’m full of confidence. I am considered the favorite, but I don’t think I am.”

Steve Darcis had to fight against Nick Kyrgios a few weeks ago in Beijing with a neck injury. “The injury is a thing of the past, I’m 100 percent ready for the European Open,” said the player from Liège, who plays his first match on Wednesday night. “I hope there will be a lot of people watching. In a room full of Belgian fans, I can always do something more”, Darcis mentioned, referring to his nickname ‘Mister Davis Cup’.

One month ago, Nick Kyrgios lost in Brussels with the Australian team in the semi-finals of the Davis Cup. “I didn’t think I’d be back in Belgium so soon, but I’m glad I’m here. The European Open has a strong group of players, and I’m going to play doubles together with my mate Matt Reid.”