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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). 

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

HOLGER GETS INTO THE MAIN DRAW OF THE US OPEN AND ZANE ARRIVES TO THE QUALIFICATIONS FINAL

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These two players, who hadn’t yet won a match in a Grand Slam, not only achieved their first victory but arrived until the qualifying finals. 

After beating Sergiy Stakhovsky, number 227 of the world, and Damir Džumhur, 120 of the world, Zane, who is now 457 of the ranking,  lost at the qualifying final against 152, Yevgueni Donskói. The achievement of Khan, is so remarkable since at only 19 years old he has gone up against opponents with a long experience in the court and has been able to beat them.

We have to talk of course of the unstoppable Holger Rune. After winning straight up two ATP Challengers, the now 18 years old player, has got himself a ticket for the main draw of the US Open. The undeniable future star played a wonderful qualification phase where he went up against Lukas Lacko, Mitchell Krueger, and Mats Moraing.

The now 145 of the world, will encounter at the first phase of the US Open, nonother than the number 1 of the world Novak Djokovic.

THE NEXT GEN, HOLGER RUNE SIGNS WITH TENNIUM

Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, April the 17th 2021, Holger Rune beats Mikael Ymer
 Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, April the 17th 2021, Holger Rune beats Mikael Ymer

Tennium, Global Tennis Platform, proudly announces the signing of the young and talented player, Holger Rune.

Born in Copenhagen, Holger, who has just turned eighteen, is an outstanding tennis promise with some incredible achievements under his belt. Rune conquered the Junior French Open 2019 when he was only sixteen years old. He also won the ITF Junior Finals the same year which, among other achievements, got him to the number one position of the ITF Ranking in 2019, a position that he currently still holds.

His accomplishments on the ATP Tour are also as admirable. Currently, ranked 310 of the ATP Ranking, he is the second-youngest player under eighteen. Over the latest months, the Danish player has beat two top 100 players, he has qualified for the Chile ATP 250 Open where he defeated second-seeded of the tournament, Benoit Paire, and reached the quarterfinals.

His latest milestones on the ATP Tour was at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, an ATP 500 where he went through the qualifiers and lost against Albert Ramos-Viñolas in a really tight game where the Spanish player won in the third set 7-6.

Tennium, couldn’t be happier with the incorporation of Holger Rune to its players management business. He is the latest addition to a long list of players the company has recruited. The vision of the company is to work closely together with players in their development and growth as junior all the way through their professional careers. Philippe Weiss, director and players agent of the company, will be the manager of the Danish player.