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The European Open 2018: the best edition so far

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The stage of the 2018 European Open is closed and the echoes are unanimous: it was an impressive edition. On a sportive note, matches were from the highest quality, with a final apotheosis between Kyle Edmund and Gaël Monfils. More than 24000 spectators assisted to one of the matches, which is significantly more than last year and the number of visitors in the VIP went 35% up.

‘All in all, we had a very strong participant draw, some extra chances for the Belgians with our pre-qualification tournament, a full house during the final weekend but also a lot of animation, atmosphere and a huge crowd during the week’, says tournament director Dick Norman. ‘The result is very satisfying: we had 20% more visitors than last year, and the tournament was followed on TV and online all around the world, even in North America, South America and Asia.’

The organisation would like to thank all the visitors that came to Antwerp for this edition of the tournament. The fourth edition of the European Open will take place from October 13th to October 20th, 2019.

Kyle Edmund wins third edition

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The 2018 edition of the European Open finished today with an exceptional climax. The atmosphere on the court was quite tense because of a very tight game with consistent level from beginning to the end. Kyle Edmund and Gaël Monfils offered to the crowd an unforgettable tennis match. Even if both players deserved the win, it was Kyle Edmund who took the victory, with a score of 3-6, 7-6, 7-6.

For Edmund, 23 years old, it’s his first title of his career. Right after the match, he couldn’t hold back some tears of emotion. ‘I was somewhat nervous before the match. You always realize what’s at stake when you start a final at this level’, explained Edmund after his match. This first title is something I will remember for the rest of my life. You work so hard for it and that’s why I’m emotional, now that I’ve reached it.’

Gael Monfils didn’t manage to succeed to his 2 French compatriots, Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who won the two first editions of the tournament.

There was French success earlier today though in the doubles final. Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger Vasselin came over Brazilian Marcelo Demoliner and Mexican Santiago Gonzalez. For the French duo, it’s a second victory in a few weeks time. They won the ATP tournament in Metz in September.

Edmund and Monfils will clash in Sunday’s final

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The 2018 edition of the European Open is reaching boiling point. This Saturday, the semifinals of the singles and the last double semifinal were played.

The first single semifinal was played between Argentinian Diego Schwartzman, who was aiming to play his third final in a row in Antwerp and Frenchman Gaël Monfils, first time participant. Monfils was playing agressively from the beginning and tried to keep rallies as short as possible. Monfils never gave Schwartzman the opportunity to play his game, which resulted in a 6-3, 6-4 win.

Monfils is looking forward to the final, but was relieved he could finish the job in 2 sets. “At the start of the week, I had a bit of a jetlag and my stomach aches where disturbing my game”, said Monfils. He will try to win his 8th ATP title in Sunday’s final.

But for that, he will need to surpass first seed Kyle Edmund, who beat another Frenchman, Richard Gasquet with the same score of 6-3 and 6-4. Edmund exploited his 2 main arms: his serve and a demolishing forehand to which Gasquet never found an answer.

Kyle Edmund qualifies for his second ATP title and will try to win his first ATP title here in Antwerp. “I knew I had to be agressive from the first point on, and I’m happy I managed to do so”, explained Edmund after his match. “It’s my second final in a year now. I hope I can manage to get the title here.”

There will a be a French touch in the doubles final as well, as Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin qualified for it after beating the New-Zealander Sitak and the Indian Sharan with 7-6, 7-5. They will meet Brazilian Demoliner and Mexican Gonzalez in an attempt to clinch the Antwerp doubles title.

Stars Match

The massive crowd that came to the Lotto Arena for the semifinals, also enjoyed an exhibition doubles match, in which tournament director Dick Norman, partnering with Flemish singer Niels Destadsbader, faced former professional player Sabine Appelmans & actor Gùga Baul.

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Final day

Tomorrow, the final promises to be of the highest level. It will be played at 3pm, after the doubles final that starts at 12.50pm. It’s not too late to live all the action live and on site. Buy your tickets online here, or at the stadium tomorrow.

Semi-finals known, incredible party to end the day with

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Today’s matches marked the kick off for the semifinals of the European Open. Several top players aimed for a ticket in the final four in presence of a crowded Lotto Arena. The Argentinian Diego Schwartzman (ATP-17), second seed, was the first one to qualify, with a 6-3 and 6-4 win over the French Gilles Simon.

“I am truly pleased with my performance today and happy to have qualified for the semi’s. We’ll see what comes next, although I really hope to make it the next round!” the finalist of the two previous years, Schwartzman, commented.

Later this day, Kyle Edmund (ATP-15), Gaël Monfils (ATP-38) and Richard Gasquet (ATP-28) secured their place in the semifinals. Gasquet won after a long and challenging match against German Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 6-7 (4) en 7-6 (9), while Edmund benefited from a wallk-over. The tournament’s revelation, Ilya Ivashka, had to retire due to an injury on his left thigh.

European Open Party

Today’s Lotto Arena events weren’t only marked by tennis. A true after-tennis party was hosted on Court 1. Every visitor enjoyed free access to the first edition of the European Open party!