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Thiem gana el Argentina Open 2018

Thiem estiró su invicto en Buenos Aires y volvió a coronarse en el Argentina Open

El austríaco venció al esloveno Aljaz Bedene por 6-2 y 6-4 y se quedó con el título que ya había conseguido en 2016. En dobles, la pareja argentina de Andrés Molteni y Horacio Zeballos se consagró con un gran triunfo por 6-3, 5-7 y 10-3 ante los máximos favoritos, los colombianos Juan Sebastián Cabal y Robert Farah.

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Buenos Aires, 18 de febrero, 2018

El austríaco Dominic Thiem, máximo favorito del Argentina Open 2018, hizo honor a su condición y se quedó con la corona al vencer al esloveno Aljaz Bedene por 6-2 y 6-4 en una sofocante tarde en el court central Guillermo Vilas, del Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club.

Thiem repitió así el logro conseguido en 2016, cuando también levantó el trofeo, y estiró su invicto en el certamen a nueve partidos. Feliz con su éxito, el número 6 del ranking mundial dijo ante el público que seguramente no será la última vez que juegue aquí y que espera regresar para defender su corona.

El festejo argentino llegó en el doble, en el que Andrés Molteni y Horacio Zeballos lograron un gran triunfo ante os encumbrados colombianos y máximos favoritos Juan Sebastián Cabal y Robert Farah, por 6-3, 5-7 y 10-3.

Semifinales de alto voltaje para el Argentina Open

En el Argentina Open 2018, Delbonis mantiene encendida la ilusión argentina, mientras que Thiem y Monfils se verán en una semifinal de alto voltaje

De los cuatro argentinos en cuartos de final, el azuleño sobrevivió a una jornada a pleno sol en el Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis y mañana se medirá con el esloveno Bedene, que sorprendió a Diego Schwartzman. Además, cuatro de los semifinalistas en dobles son argentinos. Las entradas pueden adquirirse en Ticketek, sus puntos de venta o en la boletería del club.

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Buenos Aires, 16 de febrero, 2018

Las semifinales del Argentina Open 2018 tendrán, por un lado, a la esperanza argentina, Federico Delbonis, que se medirá con la sorpresa del torneo, el esloveno Aljaz Bedene, mientras que en la otra semifinal habrá poder de fuego, cuando se enfrenten dos de las grandes figuras internacionales: el francés Gael Monfils y el austríaco y máximo favorito, Dominic Thiem.

Las semifinales de singles comenzarán no antes de las 14, pero la jornada de mañana se iniciará a las 12, con la primera semifinal de dobles, enteramente argentina: Molteni-Zeballos vs. Durán-Máximo González. La segunda semifinal de dobles cerrará el sábado: los colombianos Cabal y Farah se medirán con Thiem y Schwartzman.

Para alcanzar las semifinales, Delbonis dejó en el camino al español Guillermo García López; Bedene sorprendió a Diego Schwartzman; Monfils dejó en el camino a Leonardo Mayer, y en el cierre, Thiem superó a Guido Pella en un reñido encuentro.

Thiem y Schwartzman avanzaron a los cuartos de final

Monfils dio otro espectáculo; Mayer y Delbonis completaron el póquer de ases argentinos en cuartos de final del Argentina Open 2018

La jornada de mañana promete ser apasionante en el Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club, con un argentino como protagonista en cada partido de cuartos de final; Delbonis vs. García López, Schwartzman vs. Bedene, Mayer vs. Monfils y Pella vs. Thiem. Las entradas pueden adquirirse en Ticketek, sus puntos de venta o en la boletería del club.

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Buenos Aires, 15 de febrero, 2018

Los cuartos de final del Argentina Open 2018 tendrán mañana, desde las 14, una grilla para todos los gustos y hecha a medida del público argentino, ya que las figuras internacionales se combinan con cuatro tenistas locales, que son la ilusión para que un compatriota, a diez años de la última coronación argentina, pueda repetir el logro.

Los triunfos de Federico Delbonis y Leonardo Mayer completaron el póquer de ases que también tiene a Diego Schwartzman (5° favorito) y Guido Pella. En tanto, el triunfo del showman francés Gael Monfils se suma al atractivo del máximo favorito, Dominic Thiem.

De este modo, los cuartos de final quedaron conformados así: desde las 14, Delbonis vs. Guillermo García López (ESP), y a continuación, Schwartzman vs. Aljaz Bedene (SLO); no antes de las 18.45, Mayer vs. Monfils, y seguido, Thiem vs. Pella.

El torneo contó con la visita de los jugadores Sebastián Pérez, Wilmar Barrios y Frank Fabbra, de Boca Juniors, el líder de la Superliga argentina de fútbol, quienes saludaron a varios de los tenistas y presenciaron algunos partidos.

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

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.”

European Open main draw revealed 

European Open 2017

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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Second edition of the European Open, the biggest tennis tournament in Belgium!

European Open 2017

The second edition of the European Open will take place from 15th to 22nd October 2017 in the Lotto Arena in Antwerp. The European Open is part of the ATP World Tour 250 Series and is the largest and only tennis tournament of this level in Belgium.

Like last year, the European Open will bring together several of the best players in the world and Belgium. There is a singles as well as a doubles tournament. The winner of last year, Frenchman Richard Gasquet, will return in October to defend his title. One of his biggest competitors will be David Goffin, the Belgian number one and current number 10 in the world! Another public favourite who cannot be ignored is ‘Mister Davis Cup’ Steve Darcis.

For the Belgian tennis fan, the European Open is the perfect opportunity to watch top international and Belgian players at work. For the people of Antwerp, it is another great opportunity to watch world class tennis close to home. For corporate clients the European Open is the perfect occasion to network while watching some great tennis.