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The European Open is a men’s tournament of the ATP World Tour from 17 to 23 October 2016.

The Antwerp metropolis will host one of the 62 world tennis tournament, and will welcome players like David Goffin, David Ferrer and Richard Gasquet among others. The opportunity for some of the best world and Belgian players, as well as hopes of the sport, to be in confrontation within the ” Lotto Arena ” of Antwerp. The Belgian player David Goffin will be certainly the player to follow, he is indeed realizing a beautiful season with positive results in many tournaments this year. He was also the player leading Belgium to the final of the Davis Cup last year. he is ranked nowadays as the 11th tennis player to the world. He is indeed very confident, and quoting: ” I shall try to give the best of myself in this tournament and I hope that the Belgian fans will come to support me, so that all the other players”. All these players are  members of the 15 better tennis players of the world, and the tournament will be endowed with 565000 dollars.

ATP Tour players have been enthusiastic about the creation of this new tournament on the circuit, and spectators are then expected to attend the high-level games. Chris Kermode, the President of ATP tour declared: ” this tournament is the return of male tennis to Antwerp, which coincides with David Goffin’s increase in importance. It will offer the best of the world tennis “. The last men’s tournament has indeed been played there in 1998. Every inhabitant of Antwerp will also been able to discover these tennis stars for free. An official practice court will be installed on the Astridplein, close to the Central Station. As said Ludo Van Campenhout, Alderman of Antwerp for Sports: “an event of this magnitude can only be positive for the city and its region.”

Kristoff Puelinckx, Founder and organiser of the european Open, said: “We are thrilled to bring this tournament to Belgium where interest in tennis has always been strong, especially in Antwerp.” So only about 100 days to wait…

Olivier Bulto



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