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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.

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”.

THE TICKETS FOR THE EUROPEAN OPEN 2021 ARE NOW AVAILABLE

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Edition six of the European Open is off to a flying start: from October 17 to 24, the Lotto Arena in Antwerp will once again become the hotspot for top tennis in Belgium. Who will be the successor of the Frenchman Ugo Humbert?

The ATP 250 tournament in Antwerp will again take place in the Lotto Arena. You can choose from different ticket categories for the 2021 edition, depending on the day and the seat. Tickets give access to both tennis courts, Center Court and Court 1, and the Fan Corner of the Lotto Arena. The ticket prices vary from 25 to 150 euros. Click HERE for all ticket info.

Tournament director Dick Norman: “We continue to innovate. The most exclusive, new ticket category is the Box experience. You can enjoy matches from a box with the best view of Center Court. We are convinced that the many hundreds of thousands of tennis fans will be delighted to see top tennis again in Belgium. We are making extra efforts towards ticketing. Children under 12 get a 30% discount, students get a 10% discount on tickets with their student card (2021-2022) that they show with the ticket at the entrance of the Lotto Arena, and seniors +60 get a 50% discount on Monday and Tuesday. It is still too early to announce the names of participants, but we are again ensuring a strong field of participants. In this way, we will once again strengthen the image of Flanders as a tennis region.”