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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.”

Moyá arrebata a McEnroe la Senior Masters Cup

Marbella, 30 de septiembre de 2017. –Por segunda noche consecutiva la pista central del Club de Tenis del hotel Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa de Marbella ha colgado el cartel de completo para disfrutar de un duelo de estrellas del tenis de alto calibre:  John McEnroe vs Carlos Moyá, en el que se impuso el balear.

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El partido comenzaba con una declaración de intenciones por parte del americano: estaba decidido a pelear cada pelota. A partir de ahí, la pista ha podido disfrutar de un John McEnroe en estado puro y de la versatilidad de Moyá con la raqueta. En cada punto de juego han medido sus fuerzas; Big Mac, aprovechando su certero revés, aún intacto, y un Moyá marcando un juego rápido para desgastar a su rival.

Tal como hiciera el año pasado, McEnroe ha peleado hasta el último minuto pero finalmente el buen estado de forma de Moyá, que entrena practicamente todos los días con Rafa Nadal, y su juventud han decantado el juego a favor del mallorquín (6-4, 6-4).

“Es fantástico poder disfrutar de la competición ante alguien como John al que he admirado tanto. Me he sentido muy cómodo en el torneo y es una gozada poder jugar en esta pista abarrotada”, dijo Moyá en la entrega de premios.

“Lo intenté todo hoy pero Carlos ha sido justo vencedor. Es un placer volver a jugar en España, en Marbella”, dijo Mc Enroe a pie de pista.

Se cierra así un fin de semana de puro tenis que comenzaba a primera hora de la tarde con la exhibición de dobles protagonizada por el carismático Yannick Noah y el resto de jugadores que han sido eliminados en esta II Senior Masters Cup, incluído Sebastán Grosjean quien no ha podido competir debido a su última lesión.

Ha sido una cita esperada por el público para ver a las estrellas mundiales del tenis en un ambiente distendido donde no faltó la complicidad con los espectadores y las bromas entre los propios jugadores.

La segunda edición de Senior Masters Cup ha servido para consolidar este evento en el calendario deportivo de Marbella. La pista central Manolo Santana ha colgado el cartel de aforo completo práticamete los tres días de su desarrollo confirmando el interés y la afición existente por este deporte.

El torneo ha contado con espectadores de lujo. Durante estos tres días se han visto caras conocidas vinculadas al mundo del deporte como el ex tenista internacional Manolo Santana, el seleccionador nacional de baloncesto, Sergio Scariolo o el entrenador internacional, Manuel Luis Pellegrini además de otras personalidades vinculadas a la capital de la Costa del Sol.

Al final de cada jornada, todos ellos han disfrutado del ambiente exclusivo del VIP Lounge que en la noche del sábado ofrecía un show único con la esperada actuación de Yannick Noah, esta vez en su faceta de artista. Los asistentes disfrutaron de un repertorio al que no dudó en sumarse Mats Wilander y, por sorpresa, John McEnroe. Un trio excepcional que ha dejado el mejor sabor de boca para este evento de proyección internacional.

La edición 2016 de la Senior Masters Cup contó con una asistencia de 7.000 espectadores durante las tres jornadas y con 500.000 televidentes totales. Además de 137.000 personas alcanzadas en Facebook y 275.000 impresiones en dicha red social y 64.500 en Twitter, cifras que describen el éxito del torneo de veteranos más importante de la temporada.

La Senior Masters Cup llega a Marbella de la mano de la empresa Tennium, con sede en Barcelona y que, entre otras muchas actividades relacionadas con el tenis, dirige y organiza el European Open de Amberes, torneo ATP 250 que se celebrará en la ciudad belga del 16 al 22 de octubre de 2017.

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McEnroe lo intentará de nuevo ante Moyá

McEnroe encamina su segunda final en Marbella tras vencer su duelo ante Wilander. El estadounidense se enfrentará a Carlos Moyá quien si impuso a Pato Clavet en un partido muy igualado.

Carlos Moya y John McEnroe protagonizarán hoy la final de la segunda edición del torneo de tenis de la Senior Masters Cup que se celebra del 28 al 30 de septiembre en el Club de Tenis del hotel Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa de Marbella.

El primer partido de la tarde de ayer, protagonizado por dos debutantes en la competición, Pato Clavet y Carlos Moyá ofreció todo un espectáculo de buen tenis. El actual entrenador de Rafa Nadal demostraba estar en muy buena forma en la pista Manolo Santana ante un Pato Clavet que no allanó el camino del mallorquín. De hecho, los dos sets establecidos no fueron suficientes para determinar el vencedor y el partido se zanjó finalmente con un peleado tiebreak (6-3, 7-6 (3).

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El espectáculo continuó minutos después con el enfrentamiento entre dos grandes figuras de la historia del tenis. Mats Wilander y John McEnroe irrumpían en la pista central Manolo Santana que estaba a rebosar. No tardó Big Mac en hacer gala de su carácter ante el sueco quien aguantó los envites del americano hasta el último minuto. (6-3, 6-4).

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McEnroe ha conseguido, por segundo año consecutivo, acceder a la final de Senior Masters Cup y tendrá que medirse ante Carlos Moyá.

Así las cosas, para la última jornada de hoy se augura espectáculo y tenis de alto nivel en la final McEnroe vs Moya que podría convertirse en el último partido de exhibición del tenista americano tras su reciente anuncio de retirada del circuito de competiciones.

Los partidos se disputarán en horario de tarde-noche (6:0pm y 8pm) y serán televisados por Teledeporte (TVE).

Sábado 30 de septiembre:

6:00 pm – Partido de dobles de exhibición con Noah 8:00 pm – McEnroe vs Moyá

Durante el día, los asistentes y sponsors podrán disfrutar de las bondades del El Club de Tenis de Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa Marbella. El tenis será la excusa perfecta para, además, compartir una jornada de golf, participar en los ProAm de tenis con las estrellas y relajarse en el área de hospitalidad.

La Senior Masters Cup ofrecerá un exclusivo VIP Lounge de 1.600 metros cuadrados que abrirá a las 18:00h y culminará con una cena tras el último partido. En el VIP Lounge es donde los asistentes podrán disfrutar de la otra faceta de Noah: el excéntrico francés ofrecerá un show musical exclusivo.

La edición 2016 de la Senior Masters Cup contó con una asistencia de 7.000 espectadores durante las tres jornadas y con 500.000 televidentes totales. Además de 137.000 personas alcanzadas en Facebook y 275.000 impresiones en dicha red social y 64.500 en Twitter, cifras que describen el éxito del torneo de veteranos más importante de la temporada. Entradas a la venta

Las entradas están ya a la venta en la web oficial del torneo (www.seniormasterscup.com) o llamando al número de teléfono 930 18 16 46. También se pueden adquirir en www.ticketea.com y en la línea 902 044 226.

La Senior Masters Cup llega a Marbella de la mano de la empresa Tennium, con sede en Barcelona y que, entre otras muchas actividades relacionadas con el tenis, dirige y organiza el European Open de Amberes, torneo ATP 250 que se celebrará en la ciudad belga del 16 al 22 de octubre de 2017.

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Primer jornada de la Senior Masters Cup

El torneo de tenis Senior Masters Cup que se celebra del 28 al 30 de septiembre en el Club de Tenis del hotel Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa de Marbella ha comenzado con sorpresas. En la primera jornada celebrada hoy se esfumaron las posibilidades de revalidar el trofeo para Albert Costa quien perdía en un partido muy igualado (6-2, 3-6, 10-7) ante el madrileño Pato Clavet, incorporado en el último momento al torneo en sustitución de Sebasian Grosjean, debido a una reciente lesión.

 

Tras este primer encuentro, llegaba el plato fuerte de la tarde, el partido entre la estrella internacional, Mats Wilander, y el debutante en Senior Masters Cup, Pat Cash. Un enfrentamiento donde el sueco no dejó oportunidad al australiano de lucirse en la pista central (6-4, 6-3).

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Rueda de Prensa Senior Masters Cup 2017

Esta tarde ha tenido lugar la rueda de prensa de presentación de los jugadores que disputarán el torneo Senior Masters Cup que se celebrará del 28 al 30 de septiembre en el Club de Tenis del hotel Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa de Marbella con la asistencia de las estrellas de tenis internacional que conforman el elenco de esta cita deportiva: Mats WilanderAlbert  CostaPat CashSebastian Grosjean, Pato Clavet (recién incorporado debido a la lesión sufrida por el tenista francés).

McEnroe Carlos Moyá, quienes completan el cartel de deportista, han estado ausentes debido a problemas con la conexión de su vuelo, en el primer caso y a compromisos profesionales en el segundo. Yannick Noah que este año jugará en la exhibición de dobles y actuará en el concierto previsto para el sábado, ha dejado el protagonismo de la convocatoria a los jugadores que competirán por el trofeo.

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European Open main draw revealed 

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The European Open, which will take place from 15 to 22 October in the Lotto Arena in Antwerp, reveals today the 22 players in the main draw. New international spearheads on the entry list are, among others, Pablo Cuevas, Diego Schwartzman, Kyle Edmund, Alexandr Dolgopolov and Canadian shooting star Denis Shapovalov. Besides David Goffin and Steve Darcis, Belgium’s only ATP World Tour competition can now welcome another two Belgians in Ruben Bemelmans and Zizou Bergs.

It has been established for months that David Goffin, Steve Darcis, Gaël Monfils, David Ferrer and defending champion Richard Gasquet will come to the European Open 2017. Moreover, Monfils was able to reassure the organisation after throwing in the towel at the US Open: the injury he sustained will not prevent him from being ready in Antwerp in more than a month’s time. 

The entry list for the main draw was closed yesterday evening and so today a range of new, interesting names will be added to players list. The Argentinian Diego Schwartzman, last year’s runner-up and currently quarter finalist at the US Open, will also be present. The same goes for the Brit Kyle Edmund, who was defeated by Richard Gasquet in last year’s semi-finals. 

With the previously announced David Ferrer and now also Alexandr Dolgopolov and Pablo Cuevas, we will be welcoming three players in Antwerp who have already won an ATP title this year. Ivo Karlovic and Benoît Paire are another two experienced players. 

The European Open will also be welcoming three “coming men” who are on their way to the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan. This new final round for players under 21 was introduced by the ATP this year. Denis Shapovalov is now sixth in the ATP Race to Milan. The 18 year-old Canadian is even being tipped as a future grand slam champion. In 2016, Shapovalov won the junior title at Wimbledon, and a few weeks ago he has beaten Rafael Nadal in Montreal. The Americans Jared Donaldson and Ernesto Escobedo, numbers 4 and 10 respectively on the #NextGen ranking, are coming to Antwerp as well. 

Two Belgians are also being added to this great mixture of experienced tennis stars and #NextGen players. Ruben Bemelmans gets a wild card for the main table of the singles. Zizou Bergs, the 18 year-old talent from Limburg, will be performing in the singles competition qualifications. The other two wild cards for the main draw will only be awarded right before the start of the tournament. This will give a few more top players who want to collect points for the ATP Finals the chance to do just that in Antwerp. 

Singles entry list European Open 2017

  1. David Goffin – #14 
  2. Gael Monfils – #22 
  3. David Ferrer – #25 
  4. Richard Gasquet -#30 
  5. Pablo Cuevas -#31 
  6. Diego Schwartzman -#33 
  7. Ivo Karlovic -#38 
  8. Benoit Paire -#41 
  9. Kyle Edmund – #42 
  10. Aljaz Bedene -#48 
  11. Joao Sousa – #50 
  12. Jared Donaldson – #51 
  13. Donald Young – #57 
  14. Nikoloz Basilashvili -#62 
  15. Alexandr Dolgopolov – #64 
  16. Steve Darcis – #66 
  17. Denis Shapovalov-#69 
  18. Guido Pella -#72 
  19. Florian Mayer -#74 
  20. Ernesto Escobedo (Alternate) – #77 
  21. Marius Copil (Alternate) -#87 

Wilcard:
Ruben Bemelmans – #96 

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Further information about the tournament can be found on these channels:

– Website: www.europeanopen.be 
– Facebook: facebook.com/EuropeanTennisOpen 
– Twitter: @EuroTennisOpen – twitter.com/EuroTennisOpen 
– Instagram: instagram.com/europeantennisopen 
– LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/18010199/ 
– Youtube: European Open

New strong partners in the European Open

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Last year the European Open received a lot of positive feedback from the players and great marks from the ATP. The event welcomed around 16,500 fans to the Lotto Arena. For the second edition the tournament will increase its focus on social media and a bespoke communication plan with activations in 115 tennis clubs across Flanders and a strong focus on the Antwerp province.

Thanks to a successful first edition the European Open secured a couple of strong, new partners. They include BNP Paribas Fortis, a partner with a long history in tennis, and the Port of Antwerp. As such the press conference launching the second European Open was held at the Port House in Antwerp, the new pearl of the Port of Antwerp.