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TENNIUM REINFORCES SUPPORT FOR ARGENTINE TENNIS BY SIGNING PROMISING SOLANA SIERRA

Buenos Aires, 11 August, 2020.- Tennium, Global Tennis Platform, proudly announces the signing of the promising 16 year-old Solana Sierra, from Argentina, who joins the 19 year-old Facundo Diaz Acosta, another young talent from that country, where Tennium also owns the ATP 250 Argentina Open, reinforcing the commitment with Argentine tennis, specifically on the female side. 

Already among the top 100 in the ITF junior rankings, Sierra was also the U-12, U-14 and U-16 national number 1. Her performance in the 2019 Junior Fed Cup and her title at the prestigious JB1 tournament in Brasilia are highlights in her career.

As a professional, Solana also confirmed her projections, having earned her first WTA Tour point by the end of 2018 and growing better in each tournament since then, defeating players over her ranking as the Brazilian Thaisa Pedretti, who is among the top 350. Sierra is one of the 10 youngest players in the WTA rankings. 

Enric Molina, Executive Director and Tennium partner, will be the player’s agent. “I am very happy to join forces with Solana, who has shown great potential. Everyone at Tennium hopes to support Solana at all levels in the benefit of a long-lasting and successful career. Our commitment to her is part of Tennium’s support to the present and future of Argentine tennis”. 

On the same way, Martin Hughes, Executive Director for Argentina and also Tennium partner, added: “It is in our plans to increase support for Argentine tennis development, and nothing better than supporting boys and girls like Solana, who joins Facundo. It’s another important step for Tennium as an international management company”. 

Martin Jaite, Argentina Open director and part of Tennium staff, said: “Solana has a very modern game, she takes the initiative, plays aggressive and seeks for quick points. I believe she is an asset for Tennium, because she represents the growth of the company and the support that Tennium provides not only at a professional level, but also at a development level, both on the men’s and women’s side”.

“I am excited that a company like Tennium, that manages so many stars, has posed its eyes on me. I am happy and confident at the same time. Having Enric as agent, someone with so many years in the tennis industry, is a boost for my career, for the years to come, and a motivation towards the big challenges ahead”, said Solana Sierra.

Sierra joins the broad portfolio of Tennium players management business, that includes top players like Sorana Cirstea, Marie Bouzkova, Richard Gasquet, Feliciano Lopez, Tommy Robredo and many of the most promising stars of the future, like 15 year-old world junior number 1 Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva. In addition, Tennium got into the padel world by signing a few months ago another world number 1, the former tennis player Marta Marrero.

The European Open organizes guinness world record attempt

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From Saturday October 8th onwards the Antwerpers, tourists and commuters will be surprised when they walk out of the Central Station in Antwerp. For the occasion of the European Open, the only ATP World Tour tournament in Belgium which will take place between October 17th and 23rd at the Lotto Arena, there will be a practice court installed on the Astrid Square. Tennis stars like David Goffin, David Ferrer and Richard Gasquet will be able to hit some balls watched by many passengers before starting the real job.

Especially for the official opening of the practice court there will be a Guinness world record attempt which will try to break the world record of the largest number of consecutive singles tennis matches played by one person. The previous record is currently held by Mike Mitchell (UK), who played 36 matches over a period of 34 hours last year at Wimbledon.

Kim Clijsters and personalities

The Kim Clijsters Academy will be the partner of this world record attempt. As an ambassador for SOS Children’s Villages, our compatriot is happy to support this initiative for which all profits will go to the association. The organizers aspire to collect the sum of 25.000 euro for the construction of a new sports ground in the SOS Children’s Village of Trjavna in Bulgaria. Kim Clijsters will ask some of her contacts in the world of tennis and famous persons for help in order to achieve this world record. Kim Gevaert, Karl Vannieuwkerke and Guga Baul have already confirmed their participation.

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Maxime Braeckman (31 years old) is the player who will take up the challenge on October 8th. He is no stranger to the world of tennis. Braeckman won three times the Belgian circuit, travelled around the world as a sparring partner of Xavier Malisse and coached Kirsten Flipkens. Since 2012 he is a coach at the Kim Clijsters Academy for which he accompanied, among others, young talents Lara Salden and Seppe Cuypers on the ITF junior circuit.

“I will do my utmost to beat the current record!”, Braeckman looks forward ambitiously. In order to achieve that, I have to play a minimum of 37 consecutive matches and it will be difficult both mentally and physically. I started my preparation this summer. My stamina will be put to the test, so I will play some overnight warm-up matches.” As a reference: the previous record took 34 hours to complete, a veritable war of attrition as the challenger can rest only 5 minutes per hour.

Anyone who wishes to support this Guinness World Record attempt can contribute an online donation via this link:
http://bit.ly/SupportMaxime4SOS

In addition to the money raised through this way, Tennium – the organizer of the European Open – and the tournament sponsors will also financially support this attempt.

The gains of this marathon will be used to build a new sports ground for hundred children of the SOS Children’s Village of Trjavna in Bulgaria (one of the poorest countries in Europe). SOS Children’s Villages has been working with the vulnerable families of Trjavna since 1993.