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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.

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!

Showman Gaël Monfils is coming to Antwerp

Gaël Monfils, the French showman who reached the fourth round at Wimbledon, has confirmed his participation at the European Open. Last year, Monfils couldn’t make it due to an injury, but the 31-year-old Frenchman will be present this season.

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Monfils has been a certainty in the top 50 of men’s tennis for years. In 2016 he was even ranked sixth. Furthermore, he is loved on tour for his showy tennis. Diving, tweeners, trick shots, … he can do it all, and he will bring it to Antwerp next October.

Monfils, who will be playing in Belgium for the first time, is very excited. “It’s always great to come back to Europe after a long trip to Asia. I hope I can add the European Open to my tally.”

As such, Monfils will join David Goffin in the Belgian’s home tournament, where they can potentially meet again after their memorable last encounter during this year’s Roland Garros. There, Goffin won a nerve-wracking match in five sets.

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

 

European Open practice court officially opened by marathonman Braeckman

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Last weekend the European Open practice court on the Astridplein in Antwerp was officially opened by Mayor Bart De Wever. Maxime Braeckman of the Kim Clijsters Academy was the first one to use the court and played tennis for almost 25 hours to support SOS Children’s Villages.

Braeckman started Saturday morning at 7am and played his last match against Tia Hellebaut on Sunday at 7:45 am. In total, he played forty consecutive matche against famous Belgians like Bart Schols, Guga Baul, Karel Geraerts and Hanna Marien. Also some sponsors and promising youngsters of the Kim Clijsters Academy could play against Braeckman.

The initiative raised 25 000 euro, which will be entirely donated to SOS Children’s Villages in order to construct a sports field in the SOS Children’s Village in Trjavna, Bulgaria.

European Open Acceptance List released!

The European Open, a new ATP250 event promoted by Tennium, will take place at the Lotto Arena in Antwerp from the 15th to the 23rd October. The last couple of months, the first few names were dropped by the organization. Today the Official Player Acceptance List was released.

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David Goffin (ATP-14), David Ferrer (ATP-13) and Richard Gasquet (ATP-15) were the first confirmed names for the European Open. Followed by Next Generation stars Borna Coric (ATP-41), Taylor Fritz (ATP-53) and Thanasi Kokkinakis (ATP-1031).

With Pablo Cuevas (ATP-20) from Uruguay,  a fourth ATP Top20 player is added to  the main draw.

Vive la France

With the confirmation of Richard Gasquet, Gilles Simon (ATP-31), Benoit Paire (ATP-34), Nicolas Mahut (ATP-42) and Paul-Henri Mathieu (ATP-70), French players  will be well represented at the European Open.

Federico Delbonis (ATP-43) and Diego Schwartzman represent (ATP-69) Argentina and also Dutchman Robin Haase (ATP-62) will be playing in Antwerp.

Below you can find the list of all the main draw players:

Coric, Borna CRO [ATP-41]
Cuevas, Pablo UGU [ATP-20]
Delbonis, Federico ARG [ATP-43]
Dolgopolov, Alexandr UKR [ATP-57]
Ferrer, David ESP [ATP-13]
Fritz, Taylor USA [ATP-53]
Garcia-Lopez, Guillermo ESP [ATP-50]
Gasquet, Richard FRA [ATP-15]
Goffin, David BEL [ATP-14]
Haase, Robin NED [ATP-62]

Mahut, Nicolas FRA [ATP-42]
Marchenko, Illya UKR [ATP-63]
Mathieu, Paul-Henri FRA [ATP-70]
Mayer, Florian GER [ATP-58]
Paire, Benoit FRA [ATP-34]
Schwartzman, Diego ARG [ATP-69]
Simon, Gilles FRA [ATP-31]
Sousa, Joao POR [ATP-36]
Youzhny, Mikhail RUS [ATP-61]

Do you want to see all these stars of the ATP World Tour in action? Get your tickets today by following this link.