THE BBVA INTERNATIONAL OPEN OF VALENCIA WILL IMPLEMENT MORE THAN 10 MEASURES TO BECOME THE TOURNAMENT WITH THE LOWEST CARBON FOOTPRINT ON THE CALENDAR
The BBVA Open Internacional Valencia Tournament, with the help of Anabel Medina, will bring the best women’s tennis to the capital of the Turia, which from September 12 to 19, 2021 will host at the Sporting Club de Tenis a trophy with prizes of up to $80,000 for its participants that will become the second most important in Spain in the women’s section.
The event bases its philosophy on values such as integration, with competitions planned for blind players, the promotion of female talent and sustainability.
The latter will be precisely one of the aspects with which, in collaboration with its main sponsor, it will seek to become the trophy with the smallest carbon footprint in the calendar.
In this sense, promoters, sponsors and organizers are already working on up to 10 points that will save energy, recycling and emissions for the city.
In addition to the promotion of public transport, as well as the provision of parking for electric scooters and bicycles.
The philosophy will also seek to eliminate plastic waste as much as possible and encourage recycling. To this end, compostable cups will be offered to all attendees and the balls from each match will be donated to schools or charitable organizations to extend their useful life.
Paper and smoking areas will complete the commitment to biodiversity. In the first case, giving the option of accessing the enclosure through a QR code and without printed tickets, and in the second case, informing people attending the tournament that it will be smoke-free.
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 BEST WOMEN’S TENNIS RETURNS TO THE CAPITAL OF THE TURIA WITH THE BBVA VALENCIA INTERNATIONAL OPEN
The BBVA Open Internacional Valencia Tournament, under the guidance of Anabel Medina and Tennium, will bring the best women’s tennis to the capital of the Turia from September 12 to 19. It will be host at the Sporting Club de Tenis. It will have prizes of up to $80,000 for its participants, which makes it the second most important women’s tournament in Spain.
This synergy between Anabel and Tennium, with the support of BBVA as the main sponsor, seeks to consolidate the ITF circuit with an international vision and aims to enter the WTA category in the future.
All the agents involved in the event were present at the launch press conference, in which the tennis player from Torrent said she was ‘very excited, to be honest. When I created a women’s ITF tournament in Valencia six years ago, I did it with the idea that it would be a long-term project, and today this growth is confirmed’.
Along the same lines, Joaquín Rios, CEO of Tennium, emphasized its commitment ‘once again to the future of women’s tennis. After signing our first WTA in Argentina for 2021, we could not be more satisfied with adding this second women’s tournament to our list of projects. We are also pleased to be able to carry out this great project with Anabel Medina, one of the most relevant faces of women’s tennis in Spain. After finishing the Conde de Godó Trophy, preparing for this new BBVA Open Internacional de Valencia is a challenge that we are looking forward to’.
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 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.
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.
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.
Everyone considered him the favourite. Since he reached the final of the 2018 tournament, he has done nothing but progress, both in his tennis and with his nerves. Even in his post-match interventions. That is why Tsitsipas is in the final. Because he is one of those up-and-coming players who promised to progress … and he has.
He has already jumped onto the RCTB-1899 courts twelve times. No, he hasn’t yet taken the trophy to Athens. But he has defeated important rivals such as Thiem, Carreño, Auger-Aliassime, Schwartzman, De Miñaur, Ramos or Munar. That is why he will be a very tough enemy in tomorrow’s final. That is why he won in Monte Carlo, just a week ago, with the Mediterranean close by.
This time he overcame the stylish and promising Sinner. At no time was the victory on the side of the Italian, who gave opportunities to a rival that was ready to attack. After a 6-3 double, 6-3 in 1 h 23 minutes, the Greek tennis player fulfilled his media obligations, and after will get his body ready to face his next rival. What every fan of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell knows for certain is that Tsitsipas was almost ignored by Nadal in the 2018 final is not the same player as he is today. He has grown. He has improved. He has more desire. His game is more complete. Tomorrow fans will be able to enjoy his entire repertoire again. Maybe enough, who knows, to take home the trophy deserving all the credit.
RAFA NADAL ONE STEP AWAY FROM HIS TWELFTH TITLE IN BARCELONA
The Majorcan advanced towards the final of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell comfortably beating Pablo Carreño 6-3 6-2. The players of the RCTB-1899 appeared on the center court with a head-to-head clearly in favor of the Balearic, with much expectation from the public and a clear sky that was covered for the Asturian at the same time that Rafa made the statement that he has come to Barcelona to lift the trophy for the twelfth time.
He came to the tournament with the intention of recovering feelings, with the humility that has characterized him since its inception, but once in the semi-finals, we have seen in his eyes that at this point his goal is to win again at a club that has seen him grow. From the beginning, he has given us points that made it clear that he is not the favourite only because of his ranking but because of the tennis he displayed throughout the match, without giving any options to his rival.
Carreño has had a great tournament, achieving his best result so far this season at this level of a tournament, overcoming very tough matches with a great attitude like the one we saw yesterday against Schwartzman. Despite building good points and not turning his back on the match at any time, it was not enough to stop the “King of the Clay” who was committed to set another record with his 451 win on his surface.
We are approaching the end of this new edition of the tournament and we will have a déjà vu of a final that was already lived in 2018, this time with a much more experienced Tsisipas willing to give more war than the previous time. Tomorrow we will see if Rafa is able to maintain the confidence that he has shown this afternoon on the court that bears his name and confirm that he is the true Barcelona champion, or if the Greek manages to turn the final round and be the first player to beat Nadal in the fight for the title.
Many said that the cold of the preceding days did not play to his advantage. That, if the sun shone as it did today with the books and the roses of Sant Jordi, Nadal’s level would increase. And that, with two matches and six sets already on his legs, he would accelerate the pace. He would find another gear, and he did.
It also happened that Norrie tried to emulate Ivashka from the first set of the first match of the Majorcan. Play Russian roulette, risk it all. Play without complexes. But this time there was no luck. Nadal performed with superiority, he was not going to make room for surprises. Despite the exchange of breaks late in the second set, the Spaniard was never in danger.
Throughout the match, there were great points that the eleven-time champion of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell had not executed during this tournament. But he just needed some match play, and the crowd was delighted with the performance of its favorite player. Let’s not forget that Nadal, whenever he can bring out the best of his repertoire.
Credit to Norrie, he was brave and he tried. He was aware that the contest would not be easy and facing many factors. Rafa, without cold and without clouds, glides better. He hits better. He plays better. The sun came to shelter him precisely on what for many is the most beautiful day of the year in Barcelona. And, you can never count Nadal out when you are ready to enjoy beautiful things.
Feliciano López walked on court elegant, calm, and serene. With the feeling of having always given the best in each of the 20 editions in which he has participated, Feliciano López has received a more than deserved tribute from his club, the RCTB-1899, a facility that welcomed him here for the first time at just 13 years old.
The president of the RCTB-1899, Jordi Cambra and the director of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, David Ferrer, have given him a framed photo collection of some of the best episodes lived by the man from Toledo on the Barcelona clay. “I have experienced many beautiful things here, it is true that time flies by since I played my first tournament when I was 17 years old” said the player, somewhat moved to see how the stands applauded him again. “I hope to continue playing it for many more years” he confessed on the court. Indeed, a very nice dream. One of those that the best fans want to see fulfilled if possible.
TSITSIPAS AND RUBLEV DON’T SLOW DOWN
They disputed the Monte Carlo final. They enjoy a sweet moment. The Greek already knows what it is to play a final at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell and the Russian knows every corner of the RCTB-1899 because it has been his club for four years. And both want Rafa Nadal’s reign in Barcelona to falter to lift the dream trophy next Sunday. Tennis, quality and enthusiasm have plenty.
If in his debut he got rid of Jaume Munar with dominance, Tsitsipas this time had to work a bit harder to reach the quarterfinals, in which Félix Auger-Aliassime awaits him. The Greek tennis player defeated Alex de Miñaur in two sets and no point in the match did it seem that victory could slip out of his hands. Should he be truthful to his second seed position, in the final Tsitsipas could see Rafa Nadal on the other side of the net. The first time they saw each other was precisely in the final of the tournament and Nadal took the victory. The last time they faced each other, it was not on clay. And the one who ended up smiling was the Greek tennis player.
Rublev’s ticket to his quarter-final match was more expensive than Tsitsipas’s. The Russian tennis player has faced another club player such as Albert Ramos and the match lasted two and a half hours. There was a lot of equality and Ramos took a set off the world number seven, in part because of Rublev’s uncontrolled nerves during the tie break in the second set. And that stat says almost everything. The victory over Ramos was the 26th of the season.
On paper, they promise great moments for spectators. And the whole circuit knows the danger they entail. Being young does not mean that they are not hungry or ready to triumph.