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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.

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

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.”

THE NEXT GEN, HOLGER RUNE SIGNS WITH TENNIUM

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 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.

THE NUMBERS OF A GREAT TOURNAMENT

BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 25: Rafael Nadal of Spain ATP Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell at the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona on April 25, 2021 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos/Quality Sport Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN – APRIL 25: Rafael Nadal of Spain ATP Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell at the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona on April 25, 2021 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos)

The final between Rafael Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas was the epilogue of a tournament in which precisely the longest match was the final, which lasted until 3 hours and 38 minutes. The shortest contest was the one between Ilya Ivashka and Tallon Griekspoor in the first round, which only lasted 57 minutes. Tsitsipas played 106 games in total, spending 9 hours and 5 minutes on the court while Nadal fought to win 118 games in 11 hours and 19 minutes.

The singles draw was finally contested by 48 players (including six from the qualifying, four wildcards, and lucky loser to replace the injured Casper Ruud at the last minute). In the doubles draw, 16 teams participated (two wildcards and one from the qualifying). Adding both competitions, but subtracting the tennis players who have taken part in both draws, there were a total of 70 players who have played the main draws of the tournament.

The tennis players came from all over the globe, with a total representation of twenty countries. France with eight tennis players and Italy with four are the countries with the most representatives, behind the eleven Spanish players. Among other nations were players from Georgia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Japan, Brazil, Chile, India, the United States, Canada, Finland, Norway or Denmark. The player with a more distant origin was Jordan Thompson, born 26 years ago in Sydney, 17,100 kilometers from the RCTB-1899.

Seven of the eight quarter-finalists were seeded at the tournament. And the top four favourites reached the semi-finals of the competition.

In the singles draw, 47 games were played, with only two matches not completed (Goffin-Norrie and Fognini-Zapata). 30 were resolved in two sets and on 17 occasions the matches went to three sets. There were 13 tie breaks. On eight occasions a player lost a set to zero games on the scoreboard. In total 1,056 games were played on the RCTB-1899 courts.

NADAL’S REIGN REMAINS UNTOUCHABLE

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Nothing to object to the attempted feat carried out by the Greek tennis player. It is not easy to beat Rafa on clay, or in his. Twelve finals, twelve trophies. For the tennis player born in Athens, it was the second time that he stepped on the court of the RCTB-1899 on the last day. But this time he also could not stop the king.

Tsitsipas is just climbing. There are those who want him to progress faster, to lift the trophy at every tournament, to take Djokovic’s place, to push Nadal aside, and to bury Federer. But if the pandemic has taught this fast-consuming society anything, it is that there are things that are better cooked over low heat. That is why the Greek recipe may be little more than an appetizer for some. But he is in the direction of ascending at all levels. Better shots, more determination, a better strategy and knowing how to be on the court, like some of the “older ones” that he for sure idolized as a child. He doesn’t rush and plays decisive balls as if his life didn’t depend on it. Like those tightrope walkers who manage to get to the other side without falling and without a net.

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The Greek already knows what it is to win outdoor tournaments and also indoors. ATP 250, 500, 1000 tournaments and a whole Masters Cup to which only the best eight of the year classify for. He also knows what it is to defeat Rafa, Djokovic and Federer. And, established in the top ten, he promises to continue great evenings, great comebacks, great feats. But he will have to wait and try to defeat the best player of the RCTB-1899 in his own house in future editions. Because beating a player who has won 50 of 56 finals played, adding Monte Carlo, Barcelona, ​​Roland Garros, Madrid and Rome, will always be a difficult peak to reach.

This time Nadal showed the tennis, the spectacle that all spectators expected and deserved. Even with the tense moments that happen in the best battles. Like those movies in which the viewer does not know, until the end, how it is going to end. The problem for many of those who see him on the other side of a clay court is that the director of that film is usually Nadal himself. And he is the one who dictates the ending. Many will have left the RCTB-1899 facilities in distress because he has to wait a whole year to see him again. But there is consolation. Today’s match will remain in their minds for a very long time. Another of those amazing epic battles, and yes Rafa did it again.