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European Open 2018 wants to take this edition to a higher level

A new tournament management, a renewed approach, an attractive list of participants, reduced ticket prices and an increasing importance for Belgian tennis: these numerous ingredients are more than ever necessary to ensure that the European Open continues to put our country on the tennis map.
15/05/2018 - Antwerp - Press Conference European Open -  Kristoff PUELINCKX - Dick NORMAN - Ilse VAN PARYS - Ludo VAN CAMPENHOUT © Vincent Van Doornick / IMAGELLAN
15/05/2018 – Antwerp – Press Conference European Open –
Kristoff PUELINCKX – Dick NORMAN – Ilse VAN PARYS – Ludo VAN CAMPENHOUT
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David Goffin looking forward to winning in his own country

“We are going from a top tennis competition to a top sports event where we will now focus on the experience”, tournament owner and CEO of Tennium Kristoff Puelinckx stated. “For those who still doubted: the European Open is here to stay!” The arrival of Dick Norman as a new tournament director at the end of March was for Tennium, the organizer of the biggest tennis tournament in Belgium, a first step to make this edition of the European Open the best edition ever, with many new strategic choices. Now that Belgian star David Goffin confirms his arrival, fans can expect an edition full of entertainment and top tennis.

European Open on tour

A striking novelty this year is that the European Open itself is going to the Belgian tennis public. For example, from June to September, Tennium organizes a roadshow of promotional visits to more than two hundred tennis clubs. Together with some ambassadors, including Appelmans, there are about twenty European Open Club Days in the pipeline: clinics for Belgian clubs with Norman and Appelmans and/or some Belgian players.

“I am pleased that I can once again contribute to the European Open”, says Appelmans. “This prestigious tournament is invaluable for tennis in our country and going to promote it in the clubs is something I am already looking forward to.”

Open to national stars

At least as surprising is the news that from now on national top players will also have a chance to appear in the main draw of the European Open. The winner of the Belgian Circuit Masters (the eight best players of the Belgian Circuit ranking will play against each other on October 6 and 7) will play the new European Open prequalification tournament on October 12th. In this tournament the winner can compete with the two best Belgian ATP players, who are not selected for the main draw or qualifications of the European Open, and another Belgian player who receives a wildcard from the organization. Who knows, in that way, he will make his way to the main draw of the European Open. By organizing this, the European Open wants to fill the hole that the ATP Challenger of Mons left behind.

“The European Open is the only ATP event in Belgium and with its organization we want to put tennis back on the map in Belgium”, Norman says. “Not only do we involve many tennis clubs this year, but because of the collaboration with the federations and the Belgian Circuit, we also become a platform for Belgian talent to compete with the stars and show themselves to a large audience.”

Attractive field of participants

Meanwhile, a nice name can be seen on the players list. Former Sportsman of the Year David Goffin (ATP-10) has already confirmed his arrival and he’s already motivated to perform in Antwerp: “I really look forward to the European Open. Who doesn’t dream of winning in their own country for the most loyal fans in the stands? This year I will try everything I can to make a place in the final and… to win the title.”

Attractive ticket prices

In addition to the new approach to the tournament and its promotion, ticket prices are also more attractive than ever. “For thirty euros you already have a ticket for the final”, according to event director Ilse Van Parys. “We have lowered the ticket prices so that our tournament is really attractive and accessible to everyone, there are more ticket categories, the ticket prices for the semi-finals and the final are aligned, and with the European Open Membership of 130 euros and the Weekend Pack of 120 euro (and only 99 euro for the early birds) we have two very affordable packages for those who want to experience the tournament in the best possible way.”

Entertainment for everyone

A real experience, with more entertainment for the fans besides the tennis matches: that is what the European Open 2018 should be. On Monday 15 October there will be a Senior Day, on Wednesday a Kids Day will be on the program, on Thursday a Ladies Day and the weekend will be held on Friday 19 October with a bright party. For the VIPs a networking evening with live entertainment is planned for Thursday evening 18 October, a VIP Star Night including meeting with players on Friday 19 October, a VIP Party with Coco Jr and Sandrine on Saturday, October 20, and of course a vip lunch on the final day.

If you list everything, you can not deny the importance and the image of the European Open. That fact doesn’t escape the host city of the tournament. Alderman of Sport Ludo Van Campenhout: “We have been able to enjoy top tennis in Antwerp again with the European Open since 2016. The athletes are true role models for others, so that we make everyone aware of the importance of a healthy lifestyle and encourage our citizens and visitors to more sports and exercise. ”

Also Mayor Bart De Wever is very pleased with the choice for his city: “Initiatives such as the European Open put Antwerp even more firmly on the map as the sporting capital of Flanders, sparkling our city and strengthening the Olympic tradition of Antwerp.”

In general: October promises to be a nice tennis month for both Antwerp and our country.

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Leyendas: Gaudio, Mónaco, Zabaleta y Chela jugarán el Argentina Open 2018

Los cuatro representantes de la Legión estrenan el Argentina Open Leyendas: entre el lunes 12 y el martes 13 de febrero, jugarán encuentros de singles y dobles, por equipos. Se suman así a la lista oficial liderada por los tres Top 10: Thiem, Cilic y Carreño. Entradas con un 15% descuento para clientes de American Express.

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Buenos Aires, 17 de enero, 2018

Gastón Gaudio, Pico Mónaco, Mariano Zabaleta y Juan Ignacio Chela disputarán la primera edición del Argentina Open Leyendas que se celebrará el lunes 12 y martes 13 de febrero en el Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis como parte del ATP porteño, que reunirá a 3 Top 10 según el cierre de la lista: el austríaco Dominic Thiem (5 ATP), el croata Marin Cilic (6 ATP) y el español Pablo Carreño (10 ATP), entre otros jugadores confirmados.

Las entradas para el torneo se pueden adquirir en la web de Ticketek y en sus puntos de venta (https://goo.gl/YwZ5S), y a partir del 1º de febrero en la boletería del Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis. Los clientes de American Express podrán pagar en 3 cuotas sin interés y disfrutar de un 15% de descuento.

El Argentina Open Leyendas se celebrará en dos jornadas, el lunes 12 y el martes 13, y se podrá acceder a los partidos con la entrada de la jornada del torneo. Los jugadores se dividirán en dos equipos. Por un lado, Pico Mónaco y Mariano Zabaleta formarán el Equipo Blanco; y Gastón Gaudio y Juan Ignacio Chela, el Equipo Azul. El lunes, disputarán un partido de doblesde un set. Y el martes, jugarán dos partidos de singles cada una de las leyendas (super tiebreaks a 10 puntos). Ambas jornadas, los partidos serán a las 17h45.

“La verdad es que la idea surgió hace unas semanas y a mí me pareció bárbaro. Siempre es especial volver a la central del Buenos Aires. Ahora hay que entrenar un poco…”, dijo Mariano Zabaleta.

Para Juan Ignacio Chela también será una ocasión especial vivir el torneo como Leyenda y como entrenador. “La verdad es que me gusta mucho volver a la cancha con estos cracks. Va a ser divertido y espero que el público lo disfrute también”, dijo Chela.

Las Leyendas se mezclarán con los tenistas actuales, que disputarán la decimoctava edición del Argentina Open entre los días 10 y 18 de febrero en las canchas del Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis. Además de Thiem, Cilic y Carreño, también estarán presentes el defensor del título, el ucraniano Alexandr Dolgopolov (38), los españoles Albert Ramos (23) y Fernando Verdasco (35), el italiano Fabio Fognini (27), el uruguayo Pablo Cuevas (32) y el francés Gael Monfils (46). A la espera del anuncio de las invitaciones y la celebración de la Qualy, Argentina contará con al menos 5 representantes: Diego Schwartzman (26 ATP), Leonardo Mayer (52), Guido Pella (64), Horacio Zeballos (66) y Federico Delbonis (68).

Las entradas, a la venta con un 15% de descuento

Las entradas se pueden adquirir en la web de Ticketek (http://ticketek.com.ar) y quienes lo hagan usando como forma de pago una tarjeta American Express podrán disfrutar de un 15% de descuento y pagar hasta en 3 cuotas sin interés, hasta que el cupo asignado se agote.

Además de la página web de Ticketek, la venta también se realiza en los puntos de venta y retiro de Ticketek (https://goo.gl/YwZ5S). La boletería, en el portón 4 del Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis, se abrirá a partir del 1 de febrero.

Lista oficial de jugadores aceptados

(Ranking del 1° de enero, 2018)

ATP JUGADOR

  1. 5 DOMINIC THIEM (AUT)
  2. 6 MARIN CILIC (CRO)
  3. 10 PABLO CARREÑO (ESP)
  4. 23 ALBERT RAMOS (ESP)
  5. 26 DIEGO SCHWARTZMAN (ARG)
  6. 27 FABIO FOGNINI (ITA)
  7. 32 PABLO CUEVAS (URU)
  8. 35 FERNANDO VERDASCO (ESP)
  9. 38 ALEXANDR DOLGOPOLOV (UKR)
  10. 43 PAOLO LORENZI (ITA)
  11. 46 GAEL MONFILS (FRA)
  12. 49 ALJAZ BEDENE (SLO)
  13. 50 KYLE EDMUND (GBR)
  14. 52 LEONARDO MAYER (ARG)
  15. 62 JIRI VESELY (CZE)
  16. 63 ANDREAS HAIDER-MAURER (AUT)
  17. 64 GUIDO PELLA (ARG)
  18. 66 HORACIO ZEBALLOS (ARG)
  19. 68 FEDERICO DELBONIS (ARG)
  20. WC 1
  21. WC 2
  22. WC 3
  23. Q 1
  24. Q 2
  25. Q 3
  26. Q 4
  27. SE 1
  28. SE 2

    Alternos:

Florian Mayer (ALE)

Guillermo García-López (ESP)

Dusan Lajovic (SRB)

Cedrick-Marcel Stebe (ALE)

Nicolás Kicker (ARG)

Tennys Sandgren (USA)

Blaz Kavcic (SLO)

Gerald Melzer (AUT)

Rogerio Dutra (BRA)

Pablo Andújar (ESP)

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