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FELICIANO LÓPEZ AND TSITSIPAS WIN IN ACAPULCO

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Feliciano López and Stefano Tstisipas have won the doubles title after defeating the Dutch player Jean-Julien Roger and the Salvadoran Marcelo Arevalo 7-5, 6-4 at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco, Mexico.

It is the sixth crown for the 40-year-old from Toledo, the first with Tsitsipas, with whom he had already played with before in Vienna. Feliciano López remarked on their milestone together: “It was at the Laver Cup where we talked about playing some doubles together. We did well in Vienna losing against the Colombians and here we won our first title together. I love playing in Mexico”. 

This is López’s sixth doubles title (thirteenth overall) and Tsitsipas’ first (eighth overall). 

THE BARCELONA OPEN BANC SABADELL U14 CIRCUIT ENDS ITS FIRST EDITION WITH MORE THAN 1,000 PARTICIPANTS

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The Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell – Trofeo Conde de Godó has successfully concluded the first edition of its U14 circuit. For four weeks, more than 1,000 boys and girls from all over Catalonia have been able to compete in the tournament and participate in the Godó Family Days

This under-14 circuit was born with the aim of reinforcing the commitment to the young talents of Catalan tennis and its celebration has managed to promote this sport throughout the territory.

The champions of this circuit will compete in the final draw of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell – Trofeo Conde de Godó U14, which will be held on April 16-24, 2022. 

The great celebration of grassroots Catalan tennis was held with the Godó Family Days, which included the participation of two of the great role models of Catalan tennis, Marc López and Tommy Robredo who shared their skills and tips with the youngest attendees and tennis fans from each province. 

 

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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.

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.

VIBER – TENNIUM YOUNG TALENT PROMOTION PROJECT

Rakuten Viber and Tennium join forces to promote world tennis hopefuls. Rakuten Viber, one of the world’s leaders in free and secure communications applications, is pleased to present its sponsorship with Tennium, a global tennis platform, to support and promote the young international tennis stars of tomorrow.

As part of this agreement, 6 young up and coming talented international tennis players from different geographical regions of the world, will be sharing their experiences with Viber users in a specially dedicated community. The talents are the following :

  • Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva (Andorra) ⇒ International Tennis Federation Junior Ranking: 1
  • Holger Vitus Nodskov Rune (Denmark) ⇒ ATP Ranking: 124
  • Marta Custic (Spain) ⇒ WTA Ranking: 669
  • Lennon Jones (Japan) ⇒ International Tennis Federation Junior ATP Ranking: 146
  • Luca Nardi (Italy) ⇒ ATP Ranking: 447
  • Zane Khan (United States of America) ⇒ ATP Ranking: 408

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Enric Molina, Partner and Executive Director at Tennium: “We are very excited about partnering with Rakuten Viber in this new and ambitious project and to support some of the most talented tennis of the next generation of players. We are fully aligned with Rakuten Viber’s values and vision as we look forward to offering a whole new experience to the fans in their interaction with athletes.” Holger Rune said “Engaging with fans through Viber is super fun and entertaining and something that feels very natural to me”. Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva also added: “I love the Viber messaging app and all of its features, particularly the stickers that they have created for us!”

It’s part of Viber’s DNA to look for the gamechangers with outstanding future potential, which is why we also support the top tennis talents. Over the years we have shown that we are keen to give life to inspiring and entertaining campaigns in sport and tennis in particular”, said Atanas Raykov, Senior Director – EMENA at Rakuten Viber.

The Viber-Tennium’s Project is designed to help the development of promising tennis players in a context where it is becoming increasingly difficult to make a name for oneself. It is constantly evolving and now has more than 280,000 members in its community named Viber Tennis Academy (VTA).

As part of this partnership, Viber Tennis Academy fans around the world will enjoy exclusive content on Viber including:

  • An official Viber community, named Viber Tennis Academy publishing daily content about the players’s match preparations, training sessions, updates, polls and much more.
  • Custom stickers featuring the 6 player’s unique moves, catch words and expressions (by downloading them, fans automatically join the Viber Tennis Academy community.
  • Exclusive merch coming from the 6 young talents can be won exclusively by Viber users such as signed clothes or rackets.

Results so far are impressive:

  • The Viber Tennis Academy has built a fanbase of more than 250,000 in less than 4 months (April-July 2021)
  • More than 250,000 people downloaded one or more of the 7 sticker packs
  • More than 500,000 people sent a message while using one of the 68 stickers

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.

TOTAL SUCCESS IN THE BBVA OPEN INTERNATIONAL VALENCIA TOURNAMENT 2021

The BBVA Open International Valencia Tournament, thanks to Anabel Medina and Tennium, brought the best women’s tennis to Valencia. From September 12th to 19th, the Sporting Club Tenis of Valencia witnessed eight days of top-level women’s tennis. The BBVAOpenVal distributed prizes of up to $80,000 among its participants, making it the second most important women’s event in Spain.

Martina Trevisan won the first edition of the BBVA Open International Valencia Tournament by defeating in the final Dalma Galfi by 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 in a thrilling match.

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The event bases its philosophy on values such as integration, with exhibitions for blind players, the promotion of female talent and sustainability. Therefore, in collaboration with its main sponsor, BBVA, the tournament has become the first trophy on the calendar to offset its entire carbon footprint.

VICTORIA JIMENEZ KASINTSEVA AND SOLANA SIERRA PLAY QUARTER-FINALS IN THE ITF JUNIOR US OPEN

The world number one in the ITF Junior rankings came from a set down to defeat Bulgaria’s Jana Kolodynska 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-4 in a long and intense match. Vicky will face American Robin Montgomery at 18:00 GMT for a place in the semi-finals of the tournament.

Argentina’s Solana Sierra will also be looking for a ticket to the semi-finals of the US Open Junior after defeating Britain’s Matilda Mutavdzic yesterday in three sets (3-6, 6-4, 7-6) and will face Elvina Kalieva of the United States today at 18:00 GMT. If Jimenez Kasintseva and Sierra win their quarter-final matches we would have a semifinal of Tennium players at the US Open Junior 2021.

The Andorran tennis player also continues her way in the doubles draw together with the Spanish Ane Mintegi. They will play their quarter-final match at 20:00 GMT against the Czech sisters Linda and Brenda Fruhvirtova.

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