EUROPEAN OPEN 2021 HAS BEEN A HUGE SUCCESS

The European Open 2021, thanks to Tennium, brought for the sixth consecutive year the best tennis to Belgium consolidating it as the greatest tournament in the country. From October 17th to 24th, around 20,000 people were passing through the Lotto Arena of Antwerp to see one of the most thrilling and spectacular editions of this tennis tournament.

Italian Jannik Sinner poses for the photographer after winning a tennis match between Italian Sinner and Argentinian Schwartzman, the finals of the singles at the European Open Tennis ATP tournament, in Antwerp, Sunday 24 October 2021. BELGA PHOTO LAURIE DIEFFEMBACQ
Italian Jannik Sinner poses after winning the singles finals at the European Open Tennis ATP tournament, in Antwerp. BELGA PHOTO LAURIE DIEFFEMBACQ

The 20-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner managed to win the 6th edition of the European Open in the final against the Argentinian Diego Schwartzman in two sets, 6/2, 6/2. Italian started strongly and immediately cashed a break, nothing seemed to be able to stop Sinner who quickly settled the first set and after an early break in the second set put himself on course for the Championship. The Italian can now call himself the youngest winner in the history of the European Open.

Diego Schwartzman and Great-Britain's Jamie Murray pictured during a singles match between British Murray and Argentinian Schwartzman, in the 1/8 finals of the European Open Tennis ATP tournament, in Antwerp, Thursday 21 October 2021. BELGA PHOTO DIRK WAEM
Argentinian Diego Schwartzman and British Andy Murray pictured during the 1/8 finals of the European Open Tennis ATP tournament, in Antwerp. BELGA PHOTO DIRK WAEM

Two other big names at the tournament were among others, Schwartzman and Murray. The Argentine No. 16 of the world was in the final of the European Open for the third time, before reaching the final he defeated one of the revelations of the tournament American Jenson Brooksby and in the quarter-finals, he won against the Two-time Olympic champion Andy Murray. The British have not been able to repeat his first match of this European Open, the fifth-longest three-setter since 2008, against Frances Tiafoe in probably the most entertaining and great match of the tournament.

French Nicolas Mahut and French Fabrice Martin pictured after winning a doubles men game between Dutch pair Koolhof - Rojer and French Mahut - Martin, the finals of the European Open Tennis ATP tournament, in Antwerp, Sunday 24 October 2021. BELGA PHOTO KRISTOF VAN ACCOM
French Nicolas Mahut and French Fabrice Martin pictured after winning a doubles finals of the European Open Tennis ATP tournament, in Antwerp. BELGA PHOTO KRISTOF VAN ACCOM

Nicolas Mahut and Fabrice Martin crowned themselves the doubles champions of the European Open 2021 in 2 sets 6/0, 6/1. In an almost perfect final against the Dutchmen Koolhof/Rojer, the French duo did not give away a single game in the first set and won 6/0. In the second set, there was no strong enough answer from the camp of Rojer/Koolhof and the French conquered the championship.

Belgian Xavier Malisse and South African Lloyd Harris pictured after a doubles men game between Dutch pair Koolhof-Rojer and Belgian Malisse and South-African Harris, a semi finals game at the European Open Tennis ATP tournament, in Antwerp, Saturday 23 October 2021. BELGA PHOTO LAURIE DIEFFEMBACQ
Belgian Xavier Malisse and South African Lloyd Harris pictured after a doubles men semi-finals game at the European Open Tennis ATP tournament, in Antwerp. BELGA PHOTO LAURIE DIEFFEMBACQ

One of the big names of the tournament that drove the Belgian crowd crazy was Xavier Malisse, the return of the Belgian player to competition 8 years after his retirement was unbelievable. Malisse at the side of his pupil South African Lloyd Harris, was one step away to qualify for the double’s final after a very strong tournament week. The Belgian-South African team reached Saturday’s semi-finals after defeating No.2 seed duo Dodig/Melo in the quarter-finals and Arneodo/Reid in the first round. It was great to see Court 1 and the Lotto Arena almost full house cheering the Belgian legend in all the matches.