LANDING AT THE TOURNAMENT

 

BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 17: Carlos Alcaraz of Spain and David Ferrer of Spain ATP Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell at the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona on April 17, 2021 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos/Quality Sport Images)
APRIL 17: Carlos Alcaraz of Spain and David Ferrer of Spain ATP Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell at the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona on April 17, 2021 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos)

Accompanied by the tournament director, David Ferrer and the ATP supervisor Carlos Sanches, Carlos Alcaraz drew very attractive pairings for the best tennis fans such as Guido Pella against two-time champion Kei Nishikori or Gilles Simon against Pablo Andújar, finalist of the tournament in 2015. Roberto Bautista, fifth seed of the tournament, will make his debut at the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona against the winner of the match between the French tennis player and the Spaniard.

In addition to Rafa Nadal, others from the Top 20 who compete in the current Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell will have to bring out their best tennis to stop rivals who could put them in danger.  Shapovalov will make his debut against the winner of the match between Chardy and Basilashvili while the winner of Gasquet-Thompson will be the first rival of Pablo Carreño, recent winner in Marbella. Feliciano López, the most veteran tennis player making his 20th appearance of the tournament and player of the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona, ​​will meet the young Italian Lorenzo Musetti. 20 years of age separate them.

Once the draw was drawn and the predictions are fulfilled, the spectators could enjoy a quarter-final that would be played by Nadal against Goffin, Carreño against Schwartzman, Bautista against Rublev and Shapovalov against Tsitsipas, eight authentic clay-court gladiators who demonstrate the value of participants in this year’s edition of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 17: Kei Nishikori of Japan ATP Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell at the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona on April 17, 2021 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos/Quality Sport Images)
APRIL 17: Kei Nishikori of Japan ATP Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell at the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona on April 17, 2021 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos)

With the Monte Carlo Master 1000 in its final stretch, most of the players who will be part of the main draw of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell have already landed in the Catalan capital and have wanted to make contact with the clay in which they will battle in the coming days. Roberto Bautista, Feliciano López, Denis Shapovalov or Felix Auger-Aliassime are some of the best tennis players on the planet who have already crossed the doors of the RCTB-1899 wanting to start the tournament and go as far as possible in a field that will have up to eleven top 20 players.

For some of those players, it is also a homecoming. Carlos Alcaraz, Albert Ramos or Karen Khachanov, in addition to the aforementioned Feliciano and Bautista, belong to this club. As children, they asked for autographs and now they jump to the center court cheered by a crowd that loves and spoils them. They know every corner of the RCTB-1899, it is easy to see them chatting with many club employees and they enjoy the atmosphere of tennis that is breathed in every corner of the tournament.

ZIZOU BERGS WINS THE FIRST CHALLENGER OF HIS CAREER AT ST PETERSBURG

Ev5Ih4UXAAYpf2JAfter a great tournament at the Russian city. The young player who was ATP ranking 435 at the time, managed to win his first Challenger against Altug Celikbilek, number 286 in the world.

In a disputed match in which finally the Belgian player won Celikbilek by 64,36,63.

To reach this title, the Belgian player had to overcome seven great opponents: Nerman Fatic, Ivan Nedelko, Ivan Nedelko, Pavel Kotov, Lucas Catarina, Vit Kopriva, and last but not least, Altug Celikbilek in the final.

With this victory, Zizou becomes the 328th in the ATP Ranking. The best position he has reached so far in his entire career.

SCHWARTZMAN BECOMES THE FIRST ARGENTINIAN CHAMPION OF THE ARGENTINA OPEN IN THIRTEEN YEARS

_RC_9285The top player of the tournament was crowned champion in the 21st edition of the most prestigious tournament in South America after defeating his compatriot Francisco Cerúndolo 6-1, 6-2. He is the first local winner in Buenos Aires since David Nalbandian in 2008. The Brkic / Cacic duo won the doubles title.

The Argentina Open, South America’s most prestigious and prestigious event, which took place at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club and was broadcast live by TyC Sports, today had its first local champion in thirteen years: Diego Schwartzman, who beat Francisco Cerúndolo 6-1, 6-2 in the final.

“To the people who helped me in my career, I owe these moments. It was an incredible week for me and it’s the first time I win at home. Two years ago I played in the final, I lost and I was sad at that time, so today I had my revenge”, said the champion during the awards ceremony.

Schwartzman is the first Argentine champion in Buenos Aires since David Nalbandian, when he defeated Jose Acasuso in 2008. That had been the last final between local players at the Argentina Open until today. In addition, El Peque joined the list of five Argentine singles winners in the tournament, which also includes Guillermo Coria (2004), Gastón Gaudio (2005) and Juan Mónaco (2007).

In doubles, Tomislav Brkic and Nikola Cacic, from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, won the title after defeating Uruguay’s Ariel Behar and Ecuador’s Gonzalo Escobar in the final, 6-3, 7-5.

SCHWARTZMAN MOVES ON TO THE BEST EIGHT OF THE ARGENTINA OPEN AND CERÚDOLO SURPRISE PAIRE

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While el peque beat qualifier Lukas Klein in straight sets, Cerúndolo hit the ball against Benoit Paire and reached the quarterfinals. The seeded Pablo Andújar and Jaume Munar also joined them in the quarterfinals, which will be played tomorrow.

Today, the great local favorite Diego Schwartzman, world number 9, defeated Lukas Klein 6-4 6-2 without problems to reach the quarterfinals.F. CERUNDOLO VS B.PAIRE14

The also Argentine, Francisco Cerúndolo, exponent of the new generation, surprised Benoit Paire, 29th on the international list and third seed, after beating him 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 to advance for the first time in his career in an ATP contest.

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In addition, the best eight were joined by two other competitors: the Spanish, Pablo Andújar, sixth-seeded, who defeated the Italian Gianluca Mager 6-4 and 7-6 (5) and, Jaume Munar, who beat Frances Tiafoe, eighth-seeded, 7-6 (4) and 6-4.

This Friday, from 1:00 p.m., the singles contests will be: Schwartzman vs Munar, Kecmanovic vs Djere, Andújar vs Cerúndolo and Ramos Viñolas vs Nagal.

 

SCHWARTZMAN AND PAIRE WILL DEBUT TOMORROW AT THE ARGENTINA OPEN

02032021-SLL_4611Diego Schwartzman and Benoit Paire will start tomorrow at the tournament with the best prestige in South America. Miomir Kecmanovic is among the first quarter-finalists. Second seed Cristian Garin and Federico Delbonis fell in the second round.

Diego Schwartzman, world number 9 and first-seed, will make his debut this Thursday night against Lucas Klein from Slovakia, who played qualifying. “El peque”, runner-up in 2019 and semifinalist in 2020, is looking for his revenge at home.

Benoit Paire, world number 29th and third favorite, will have as his first opponent the local Francisco Cerúndolo, who passed the previous phase. The day will begin at 1:00 p.m.

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Today’s surprise was the elimination of Cristian Garin (2nd) at the hands of Sumit Nagal by 6-4, 6-3. Favorite Miomir Kecmanovic (4th) defeated Thiago Monteiro 5-7, 6-3, 6-4. “It was a tough game. I was able to come from behind and win. We have been working well and I am happy to have someone with experience.” said the Serbian trained by David Nalbandian, Argentine tennis legend and last local winner in Buenos Aires in 2008.

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In addition, Albert Ramos Viñolas and Laslo Djere also advanced to the quarterfinals. While in doubles the first seeded pair, Krajicek / Skugor, and the Argentinian, Coria /Cerúndolo, made their successful debut.

THE ARGENTINA OPEN 2021 HAS STARTED

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While the qualifying phase started with victories for Francisco Cerúndolo, Báez, Velotti and Kicker, the main draw determined a single match between Argentines: Delbonis vs. Juan Manuel Cerúndolo, finalist of the Córdoba Open.

The Argentina Open began its 21st edition today at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club, with the start of qualifyings, in which four Argentines advanced to the second round. Organized by Tennium, the tournament will run until Sunday, March 7th, and will have a daily live broadcast on TyC Sports, the official channel of the Argentina Open.

The argentinian victories of the day were for Sebastián Báez, Agustín Velotti, Francisco Cerúndolo and Nicolás Kicker. The top seed, Jaume Munar, 104th in the world, also advanced. While Hugo Dellien, second-seeded, could not appear due to a left wrist injury.
In addition to the preliminary phase, the main draw was also carried out, with the participation of Martín Jaite, tournament director, ATP supervisor Jorge Mandl, and ATP Tour Manager, Pablo Juárez.

The local tennis players will have these rivals in the first round: the guests Facundo Díaz Acosta and Thiago Tirante will face a qualifier and Dominik Koepfer, respectively. Federico Coria will be up against a competitor who passes the previous phase.

Facundo Bagnis will face Frances Tiafoe (8th), Juan Ignacio Londero will face Pablo Andújar (6th), Federico Delbonis and Juan Manuel Cerúndolo will star in the only 100% local duel of the first round.

For their part, the first seeded will have the first free pass and will start at the 16 round. They are Diego Schwartzman (ARG, 9th ATP, and first seed), Cristian Garin (CHI, 2nd), Benoit Paire (FRA, 3rd), and Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB, 4th).

 

THE WOMEN’S ARGENTINA OPEN HAS ITS PLACE IN THE 2021 WTA TOUR

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Buenos Aires, February 10, 2021.- Tennium announces a new tournament, the women’s Argentina Open, a WTA 125K event on the WTA Tour from October 31 to November 7, 2021, at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club. For this occasion, Tennium has developed a new tournament logo, adapting its traditional men’s logo to a female figure that represents the identity of the event.

The last international tennis tour tournament held in Argentina was won by Gabriela Sabatini in 1987, 34 years ago. The new tournament is also the first on the WTA Tour by Tennium who already organizes the ATP 250 Argentina Open, the ATP 250 European Open, and the ATP 500 Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell.

Some facts about the women’s Argentina Open:

  • Prize money: $ 125,000
  • Champion ranking points: 160
  • Main draw singles: 32 (from November 1 to November 7)
  • Main draw doubles: 16
  • Qualification singles: 16 (October 31 and November 1)

The official broadcaster of the women’s Argentina Open will be TyC Sports, broadcasting at least one match per day, the semi-finals and the final.

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Martin Hughes, executive director and Tennium partner, said: “In such special times we’re living in, Tennium not only keeps organizing the European Open and the Argentina Open, but also the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell is pretty much advanced for next April. And now, we are part of the WTA Tour with the women’s Argentina Open. In addition, more players join our international portfolio. Particularly in Argentina, we recently partnered with Thiago Tirante, a former junior world number 1, who joins Solana Sierra and Facundo Diaz Acosta. All this clearly show the growth and strength of the company”.

Martín Jaite, tournament director, added: “This is great news not only for Argentinean tennis but also for South American tennis, as having a WTA event implies growth and more opportunities for all the girls in the region. We’re proud to be able to say that we also have an Argentina Open for women. In this direction, the present of Nadia Podoroska is also very relevant”.

WTA Chairman and CEO Steve Simon stated, “The WTA is delighted to see women’s professional tennis return to Argentina, a region that has produced many great champions and a country that is passionate about developing and celebrating the sport. This WTA 125 tournament will provide a great platform to showcase local talents and up-and-coming athletes, and the women’s Argentina Open in Buenos Aires will herald in a new and exciting era of female tennis players in South America.”

The tournament structure will be as follows:

  • SUN 31st OCT: Qualifications
  • MON 1st NOV: Qualifications and first round
  • TUE 2nd NOV: First round
  • WED 3rd NOV: Second round
  • THU 4th NOV: Second round
  • FRI 5th NOV: Quarter-finals
  • SAT 6th NOV: Semi-finals
  • SUN 7th NOV: Final

ABOUT THE WTA

Founded by Billie Jean King in 1973 on the principle of equal opportunity, the WTA is the global leader in women’s professional sports. The WTA is one of the world’s most recognizable and high-profile sports leagues, consisting of more than 1650 players representing approximately 85 nations, all competing to earn WTA rankings points and prestigious tournament titles. The WTA Tour comprises over 50 events and four Grand Slams, spanning six continents and nearly 30 countries and regions with a global audience of over 700 million. The Tour culminates with the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen, honoring the season’s top singles and doubles players based on the final standings of the Porsche Race to Shenzhen leaderboard. Further information on the WTA can be found at wtatennis.com.

SCHWARTZMAN, GARÍN, PAIRE, KECMANOVIC, PELLA AND TIAFOE WILL BE THE FACES OF THE ARGENTINA OPEN 2021

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“We will have a very attractive Argentina Open,” said Martín Jaite, the tournament director, after the release of the official list of players who will meet between February 27 and March 7 at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club. With the return of Nicolás Kicker, the Argentina Open Pre-Qualy, an exclusive tournament for Argentines, begins today which will grant the champion an invitation to the Argentina Open qualy.

Buenos Aires, February 2, 2021.- The Argentina Open 2021 makes its first step as the official players list was made public, with the top 10 Diego Schwartzman and Guido Pella among the Argentines. The ATP 250 tournament will also welcome international figures such as the Chilean Cristian Garin, the French Benoit Paire, the Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic and the American Frances Tiafoe.

The tournament, organized by Tennium, will be held from February 27 to March 7 at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club, with a small audience and health safety protocols in accordance with local government regulations and the ATP.

“I am convinced that we will have a very attractive Argentina Open. We have a highly competitive group of contestants, I am truly very happy. I think these players can be a huge spectacle for the 21st edition of the Argentina Open. We have Schwartzman, our top player. He has been the Argentine emblem on the circuit for years. Pella is a very known player from the Davis Cup. From the international players, Garín is talented and has to defend points, Paire has the typical qualities of French tennis, we have a youngster such as Kecmanovic, whose game is very interesting, and Tiafoe is an American who likes clay dust, “said Martin Jaite, the tournament director.

UGO HUMBERT WINS THE EUROPEAN OPEN

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Ugo Humbert (ATP 38), competed in the final of the European Open against Australian Alex De Minaur (ATP 29). The Frenchman defeated De Minaur in two sets (6/1, 7/6 ).

The 22-year-old Humbert won against the Australian Alex De Minaur. Writing his second ATP Tour victory to his name. In the first set, Humbert was soon able to go through his opponent’s serve and build up a comfortable lead. The Australian could not fight back in the first set and had to give in with 1/6. In the second set, on the other hand, the Australian managed to keep his serve for a long time. With a score of 6/6, De Minaur had to win the tie-break to extend the match and still have a chance to win. He failed and lost the tie-break by 7/4. This makes Ugo Humbert the new winner of the European Open 2020.

Earlier this season Humbert won the ATP tournament of Auckland. He is the fourth Frenchman to reach the final at the European Open. With his 21 years, he is the youngest Frenchman together with Gasquet to win an ATP tournament. “I am very happy with this victory. I was always at my best on the crucial points and this week I have shown myself mentally super strong.”

For Alex De Minaur, it is the first final of the season. He played his previous final in Basel and lost to the Swiss Roger Federer. To reach the final in the European open he already knocked out the former champion of 2016, Richard Gasquet. After the final De Minaur said, “I got a few chances but Ugo was really too strong today”.

THE EUROPEAN OPEN 2020 IN ANTWERP HAS THE STRONGEST ENTRY LIST EVER

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Antwerp, the 23rd of September 2020  – The European Open has managed to bring no fewer than 8 top 20 players to the Lotto Arena, including top 10 player Matteo Berrettini (ATP 8). David Goffin was the first to confirm his participation in the tournament, which we really appreciate. Fabio Fognini, Grigor Dimitrov, Andrey Rublev and Kei Nishikori are well-known names and top players who will be participating for the first time in Antwerp.

“In addition to (Belgian) top players such as David Goffin and our doubles duo Sander Gillé and Joran Vliegen, it was our main goal to bring a good mix of new world top players and the top players of the future to the Lotto Arena,” said tournament director, Dick Norman.

“We are very happy that the tournament can still take place in these challenging circumstances,” said Dick Norman. “When we see this field of participants, all the efforts made in recent months pay off and we are very happy that all these top players are coming to Flanders. Thanks in advance to our loyal sponsors for helping to make this happen. ”

“We have worked very hard for months with a very motivated team to organize a safe tournament. We, therefore, guarantee that we will be able to let the fans enjoy top tennis in safe conditions. ”

“More good news is that we will be allowed to welcome a limited audience. We can sell almost 30% of the capacity, taking into account the one-meter distance between the different bubbles. For example, a full row will always be left free and a seat between the various bubbles. Save the date! We will start ticket sales this Friday, September 25th.