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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!

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.