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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.

Edmund and Monfils will clash in Sunday’s final

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The 2018 edition of the European Open is reaching boiling point. This Saturday, the semifinals of the singles and the last double semifinal were played.

The first single semifinal was played between Argentinian Diego Schwartzman, who was aiming to play his third final in a row in Antwerp and Frenchman Gaël Monfils, first time participant. Monfils was playing agressively from the beginning and tried to keep rallies as short as possible. Monfils never gave Schwartzman the opportunity to play his game, which resulted in a 6-3, 6-4 win.

Monfils is looking forward to the final, but was relieved he could finish the job in 2 sets. “At the start of the week, I had a bit of a jetlag and my stomach aches where disturbing my game”, said Monfils. He will try to win his 8th ATP title in Sunday’s final.

But for that, he will need to surpass first seed Kyle Edmund, who beat another Frenchman, Richard Gasquet with the same score of 6-3 and 6-4. Edmund exploited his 2 main arms: his serve and a demolishing forehand to which Gasquet never found an answer.

Kyle Edmund qualifies for his second ATP title and will try to win his first ATP title here in Antwerp. “I knew I had to be agressive from the first point on, and I’m happy I managed to do so”, explained Edmund after his match. “It’s my second final in a year now. I hope I can manage to get the title here.”

There will a be a French touch in the doubles final as well, as Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin qualified for it after beating the New-Zealander Sitak and the Indian Sharan with 7-6, 7-5. They will meet Brazilian Demoliner and Mexican Gonzalez in an attempt to clinch the Antwerp doubles title.

Stars Match

The massive crowd that came to the Lotto Arena for the semifinals, also enjoyed an exhibition doubles match, in which tournament director Dick Norman, partnering with Flemish singer Niels Destadsbader, faced former professional player Sabine Appelmans & actor Gùga Baul.

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Final day

Tomorrow, the final promises to be of the highest level. It will be played at 3pm, after the doubles final that starts at 12.50pm. It’s not too late to live all the action live and on site. Buy your tickets online here, or at the stadium tomorrow.

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.

Tennium launches new player management division

Feliciano Lopez of Spain celebrates with the winners trophy following victory in the mens singles final against Marin Cilic of Croatia during day seven of the 2017 Aegon Championships at Queens Club on June 25, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Alberto Pezzali/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Feliciano Lopez of Spain celebrates the 2017 Aegon Championships at Queens Club on June 25, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Alberto Pezzali/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Barcelona, 3rd of June, 2018 – Tennium, the global tennis platform company and owner of ATP 250 tournaments of Antwerp, Buenos Aires and the Senior Masters Cup in Marbella, announced today the launch of a new player management & representation division with the addition of Enric Molina to the team.

This new project will be led by Enric Molina himself who brings more than 20 years of experience in the tennis industry and a valuable portfolio of world-class players such as Spaniards Feliciano López, Marc López, Tommy Robredo and Lara Arruabarrena, Romanian Sorana Cirstea, Colombian Santiago Giraldo as well as young rising stars Paula Badosa Gibert, Sara Sorribes Tormo, Marie Bouzkova, Ilya Ivashka, Carlos Taberner, Alvaro Lopez San Martin, Zizou Bergs and Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva, recently crowned Champion at Longines Futures Tennis Aces under the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris.

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Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva

“From the beginning at Tennium we had in mind the idea of expanding our activities to the player management field. Once we had consolidated the Antwerp and Buenos Aires projects, the next natural step was to look into this new business division. And we are very pleased to partner with Enric Molina in this new venture and company’s expansion”, said Kristoff Puelinckx, Founder and CEO of Tennium.

“Our goal is to grow as a ’boutique’ international agency offering a very exclusive and personalized service to our clients,” explains Enric Molina, new partner at Tennium and responsible for this new project. “We believe in the talent of youngsters and that ́s why we have set up an investment fund dedicated exclusively to support the development and growth of future stars.”

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Paula Badosa Gibert

Tennium is headquartered in Barcelona and has presence in Argentina, Belgium, the United States and the UAE. Tennium owns the ATP 250 European Open, to be held in Antwerp, Belgium, from October 14-21, 2018; the ATP 250 Argentina Open, a clay tournament of great tradition held in Buenos Aires, and the Marbella Senior Masters Cup, which will host its third edition in September 28-29 at the Hotel Puente Romano in Marbella, Spain.

The Tennium team is led by Kristoff Puelinckx, founder and CEO, former French tennis player Sebastian Grosjean and partners Martin Hughes, Joaquín Ríos, Juan De Dios Aguirre and Enric Molina.

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.

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)

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.