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EMOTIONAL MATCH AT THE ARGENTINA OPEN WITH DEL POTRO’S FAREWELL

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A few days before the start of the Argentina Open, Juan Martin del Potro announced his retirement from tennis at the age of 33. In an interview, with tears in his eyes, he confirmed that he would participate in the Argentina Open and, possibly, also in the Rio Open, but that was all. The ordeal of injuries, especially to his right knee, has put him through hell. In fact, he had not been able to play tennis for two and a half years. This led him to take a drastic decision, which he announced before the start of his homeland’s tournament. 

And, on the verge of retirement, on February 8, Del Potro was defeated by his compatriot Federico Delbonis 6-1, 6-3 in the first round of Buenos Aires. It was an emotional night of reunion and ovations. Del Potro burst into uncontrolled tears when he was about to serve at 5-3 down in the second set. He couldn’t help himself. He sank his face in the towel and the crowd gave him a long applause and a repetition of chants. “Delpo is not leaving!”, they repeated. 

With Delbonis’ embrace came another ovation. Five thousand people waved the Argentinian flag and repeated his name as Del Potro left the court of the Argentina Open with a hand in the air. 

“Today I gave everything I had, until the last point. I’m happy because my last match, probably, was on a court and not giving a press conference. And in front of all of you. I will always remember you,” said the Argentinian in tears after the match. 

This may have been the last match for Del Potro, a true fighter on the court who has made the best tremble and a great example of resilience. 

JUAN MARTÍN DEL POTRO ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT AT THE ARGENTINA OPEN

Argentine player Juan Martín del Potro, aged 33, announced on Sunday, 5th of February 2022, his retirement from tennis in an interview at the Argentina Open ATP 250.

With tears in his eyes he explained that the future of his professional career is in danger after the Argentina Open and the Rio Open (14th-20th of June). “This is one of the most difficult messages I have had to transmit. I am retiring from tennis,” declared the former world No. 3.

Del Potro announced his return to the courts after two and a half years at the Argentina Open but, unfortunately, his right knee puts him back. “I have lived a nightmare with my knee and I have tried everything to recover, but it has not been possible,” he said.

Nevertheless, Del Potro expressed a tremendous desire to play his homeland’s tournament. “I never imagined a retirement if it was not playing. I have not found a better tournament than Buenos Aires to do so,” he concluded amid applause.

The Argentina Open will not be just another edition. It has become the final act for Del Potro, a tennis player with 22 titles under his arm, one of them a Grand Slam and the US Open won in 2009 against Roger Federer.

AN AUSPICIOUS START FOR TENNNIUM ON THE WTA TOUR WITH ARGENTINA OPEN WTA 125K

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The Argentina Open WTA 125K, the first WTA Tour tournament organized by Tennium, was a success in sporting and commercial terms, arousing public interest and marking the start of a journey that will continue from Sunday 14 November in Uruguay, with the Montevideo Open WTA 125K.
In the event held at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club, the Hungarian Anna Bondar, 3rd favorite, was crowned after beating the French Diane Parry (7th) in the final by 6-3 and 6-3, while in doubles, the title went to the Romanian Irina Bara and the Georgian Ekaterine Gorgodze (top pre-qualified), who beat the local María Lourdes Carlé and the Greek Despina Papamichail by 5-7, 7-5 [10-4].

In addition to being the first WTA Tour tournament organized by Tennium, the Argentina Open also marked the return of the top international women’s tennis circuit to Argentina, a fact that was transformed into a corporate success, with the support of 25 brands that were activated and showcased during the eight days of the event.

The range of sponsorships was led by the National Ministry of Tourism and Sports, through its Visit Argentina brand, followed by Fortinent, Axion energy, Correo Argentino, Globant, Motorola, Isdin, Telecom, Fila, Medicus, Simplot, Buenos Aires Ciudad, Wilson, Levité, Ser, Stella Artois, Philips, Sport Club, Lavazza, Navarro Correas and Magret.

TyC Sports was also the official broadcaster for the tournament, responsible for broadcasting throughout the country and America. Urbana Play was the official radio station, and Olé and Clarín joined as media partners.

“This is a long-term commitment. We are happy and grateful for the support shown by the companies for the events we organise. The Argentina Open WTA 125K showed that not only the companies that already trusted us maintain this strategic alliance, but new brands have joined this combo of events that we managed to put together, in Argentina, with the two tournaments of the ATP Tour and the WTA Tour, and also in conjunction with the Montevideo Open WTA 125K. And in sporting terms, there were some great matches, with players who will surely be among the top players very soon,” said Martín Jaite, tournament director and also Tennium director.

In addition to the tournament itself, the Argentina Open opened with an innovative FILA Family Day, in which there were activities throughout the day for adults and children, with free admission, and the FILA Master Under 14, with the eight best Argentine tennis players under 14 years old, reaffirming the support for the development of women’s tennis at all levels.

TENNIUM CONTINUES GROWING WITH NEW TOURNAMENTS ON THE WTA CIRCUIT

The Barcelona-based tournament manager expects to close 2021 with profits, largely thanks to the expansion of its portfolio of events and the idea is to grow in Latin America and Europe. In a year in which it has debuted as the organiser of the ATP 500 Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell and adjudged its first WTA in Latin America, Tennium will debut with a tournament in Uruguay after consolidating the WTA and ATP events in Buenos Aires. Specifically, it will be a WTA 125 in Montevideo, to be held from 15 to 21 November at the Carrasco Lawn Tennis Club.

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Nadia Podoroska one of the stars of the WTA’s circuit and member of Tennium who will be at the Argentina Open

It is the first time that Uruguay will host a WTA tournament, and will be held just two weeks after the Argentina Open, which runs from 31 October to 7 November at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club. This will facilitate the logistics of both events, allowing Tennium to expand in Latin America, where it aims to continue to grow.

The Barcelona-based management company plans to grow with women’s tournaments in Latin America, but also in Spain with the help of Anabel Medina, with whom they have just organised the BBVA Open Internacional de Valencia. The company and the tennis player and captain of the Federation Cup have created a joint venture with a view to further developing this alliance and taking it to other Spanish cities with ITF W80 tournaments, such as the one in Valencia, or even W100 or WTA 125.

PODOROSKA CONFIRMED HER PARTICIPATION IN THE ARGENTINA OPEN

Nadia Podoroska confirmed her participation in the Argentina Open WTA 125K, which will take place between October 31 and November 7 at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club. It will mark the return of the top international circuit to Argentina after 34 years.

Speaking to the sports newspaper Olé, the Rosario native said: “I’m already excited about the fact that the tournament is held, and that women’s tennis is being talked about again in Argentina. It is something very important for women’s tennis in general. I am very happy that Martin (Jaite) and all his people have opted for women’s tennis. Obviously, I’m very excited to go, I’m going to participate, it’s confirmed. I hope to arrive in the best way, that there is a lot of fans, and that many people can enjoy it. And above all that, there can be many Argentines in the draw”.

Regarding the development of women’s tennis in Argentina and in the region, Podoroska said: “That a WTA is made is something important.”

The event will distribute 115,000 dollars in prize money and the champion will obtain 160 points for the ranking. The Argentina Open will have a singles main draw of 32 players and 16 doubles pairs, and a classification of 8 tennis players in singles.

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TENNIUM’S ARGENTINA AND MONTEVIDEO OPEN WTA DATES ARE CONFIRMED

The WTA Tour added the date of the Argentina Open WTA 125k to its official calendar, which will take place between October 31 and November 7, at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club.

The women’s tournament, like the men’s version of the ATP Tour, belongs to and is organized by Tennium, which also joins the women’s circuit with the Montevideo Open, another WTA 125k competition that will be held between November 7 and 15, in the Carrasco Lawn Tennis Club. Thus, Tennium has added two tournaments to the highest level of the international women’s circuit.

“It is very important for Tennium, as a global sports company, to add these two women events to our portfolio, in addition to the one that will be held in Valencia during this month. This shows the solidity of Tennium who adds these tournaments to the management of several of the best players in the world and promising figures, as well as Marta Marrero in paddle”, said Martín Hughes, partner and executive director of Tennium Latin America.

TENNIUM SIGNS A NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH THE MIRAFLORES COUNTRY CLUB

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Tennis Global Platform has signed a six-month consultancy agreement with Miraflores Country Club of Argentina, by which the sport management company will give advice in the different areas of tennis and sports business.
The agreement opens new roads for Tennium in the South American country, where the company already has the licenses of the men’s and women’s Argentina Open, and manage some of the most promising young players, such as the former junior world number 1 Thiago Tirante, Solana Sierra and Facundo Díaz Acosta.
Miraflores Country Club has 21 clay courts, where more than 400 people play tennis. The sports infrastructure of the country includes also golf, padel, field hockey, football/soccer, taekwondo and artistic gymnastics.
“We’re happy to start this consultancy project, that opens new pathways for Tennium. We have a versatile team that can make a positive change in clubs and countries. One of the most important aspects of our work is that we train the existing coaching teams, we do not bring new coaches, so there’s no need of hiring new staff”, said Martin Jaite, Tennium Argentina Sporting Director and leader of the project.
Daniel Len, Miraflores Country Club’s Sports Director, added: “We’re proud and pleased of having Martin Jaite and his team on board. Permanent training boosts the value of the proposal to our members. We aim to reinforce and grow of tennis for all ages in Miraflores”.