Rio Open, the biggest tennis tournament in South America, returns in 2022 after being cancelled in 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The ATP 500 will take place at clay courts of the Jockey Club Brasileiro, on February 12-20. Four players are confirmed so far: Matteo Berrettini (Italy): World No.7 and Wimbledon runner-up. Casper Ruud (Norway): World No. 8 and ATP Finals semifinalist. Pablo Carreño Busta (Spain): World No. 20 and bronze medalist at Tokyo 2020. Carlos Alcaraz (Spain): World No.32 at 18 years old. "It's a deeply satisfying to have two top 10 players, besides Alcaraz and an olympic medalist such as Carreño. We saw Ruud grow in our courts in Rio and it will be so special to have him now, as a top 10 player", said Luiz Carvalho, Tournament Director.
Due to the continued uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Rio Open will not take place in 2021. Despite the hope of holding the tournament later in the year, the scenario to this day is still not favorable. With that, the 8th edition of the tournament will be held in February 2022. Since the beginning of the pandemic, IMM has also decided to suspend all events with public attendance, as was the case of the in-person edition of the São Paulo Fashion Week and the Taste food festival. Corporate governance rules and internal policies support the mitigation of risks to the public and the brand integrity of our sponsors and partners. It was set that IMM would only hold events again when it was possible to establish protocols that would ensure the safety of employees, suppliers, and the people who entrust us with their leisure time. As it is not yet possible to carry out these measures, there was no other action but to announce that the 8th edition of the Rio Open will not take place in 2021.
Given the scenario of uncertainty regarding the Covid-19 pandemic, IMM Esporte e Entretenimento and the ICT (Instituto Carioca de Tênis) have decided not to host the 8th edition of the Rio Open in February 2021. At the moment, the tournament organization is in contact with the ATP to verify the possibility of a new date for the event in 2021. If that is not possible, the event returns in 2022. Since the beginning of the pandemic, IMM has also taken the decision to suspend all events with public attendance, as was the case of the in person edition of São Paulo Fashion Week and the food festival Taste. The company's governance rules and internal policies favor the mitigation of risks that may threaten the integrity of the public, and our sponsors and partners brands. It was set that that IMM would only hold events again when it was possible to establish protocols that would ensure the safety of employees, suppliers and the people who entrust us with their leisure time. As it is not yet possible to carry out these measures, there was no other measure than to announce that the Rio Open’s 8the editor won’t take place in February. “I would love to be announcing the players for 2021, as we do every year around this time. But we had to make this decision to preserve the health of the staff, the public and the players. We are talking with the ATP to obtain authorization for a new date. We depend on adjustments to the calendar so we can host the event in 2021”, said Luiz Carvalho, Tournament Director.
The Rio Open presented by Claro is the new partner of Roland Garros, the most important clay-court tennis tournament and one of the four Grand Slams. The new Roland Garros Pro Series, developed by the French Tennis Federation, aims to promote tennis played on clay globally. Rio Open is part of a group of five clay-court tournaments to take part in this initiative. The other four tournaments of the Roland Garros Pro Series are Buenos Aires (ATP 250), Lyon (ATP 250), Barcelona (ATP 500) and Strasbourg (WTA International). In addition to collaborating with promoting clay-court tennis, this group of tournaments will work together creating exclusive content and organizing joint events. “With the Roland Garros Pro Series, the FFT has reached a new milestone in the promotion of clay-court tennis. With 165 FFT-affiliated clubs in France for amateur tennis, we are forging strong ties with professional tennis. We are fulfilling our role as a world clay-court championship,” explains Bernard Giudicelli, President of the FFT.“Clay court is about emotions, great battles, and the power of overcoming obstacles, surrounded by beliefs, hopes and passion. That’s why I love the game, especially at Roland Garros. That’s why I support the Roland-Garros Pro Series partnership between Roland Garros and ATP & WTA clay tournaments. All these efforts are important to sharing experiences among the great tournaments that inspire people all over the world,” addsGustavo Kuerten, three-time champion at Roland-Garros. Rio Open Tournament Director Luiz Carvalho has also celebrated the partnership. "It will reinforce the relevance of the Rio Open in the ATP calendar. Year after year we have received some of the best clay-court players in the world, and they always manage to get great
For the second weekend in a row, Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos lifted a winner's trophy. After taking the title at the doubles' draw in Buenos Aires last week, this Sunday they defeated qualifiers Salvatore Caruso and Federico Gaio to win the Rio Open presented by Claro for the first time. The match wasn't as easy as the stats indicated and last year's US Open finalists had to overcame a 7-4 at the match tie-break to win their third title together (they also won in Canada, last year). The final score was 6/4, 5/7 and 10/7. "Winning here in Rio means a lot to us. It's always special to win an ATP 500 event and it gives us a lot of confidence. That's a confirmation that we are on the right way and that things that we've been trying to improve are working out and we are getting the results", said Granollers. "It was not an easy match today, they were playing on a high level and serving super well, specially on the second set and it made our lives difficult. We hold on on the match tie-break and it's amazing to win a tournament like that", said the Spaniard. En route to win their third ATP title together, Granollers and Zeballos needed to win two matches on Sunday due to rain on Saturday. With the victory, the Spaniard and the Argentinian will receive $114,200 and each earn 500 ATP Doubles Ranking points. The title is another incentive for Zeballos to focus on his doubles career _he is currently number four in the doubles' ranking. "I had a beautiful singles' career and never thought I could be where I am now
Despite missing the chance to reach his first ATP Tour clay final since 2017, Borna Coric leaves Rio de Janeiro on a positive note after playing his first-ever Rio Open presented by Claro. "It was a very positive week for me, obviously I didn't get the result I wanted today but at the same time I felt I was playing really good the whole week. The conditions in Rio were very tough but also really good to prepare for Indian Wells and Miami. So I will definitely think about coming back next year", said the fifth seeded at the carioca event after losing his semifinal match to Chilean Cristian Garin. The tough conditions that Coric faced this week, like the heat, the humidy, the rain delays, and the long days at Jockey Club Brasileiro were not a problem for the world's number 32. "I knew it's was not going to be easy. I came here yesterday at 1 pm and left at about midnight or something, I don't even remember. Then I had to wake up at 8 am today. It's not easy but I enjoyed it very much", said the player who did some sightseeing before the tournament started. "Rio is an unbelievable city, we stayed in a very nice hotel and the facilities are great as well. I was really enjoying my time here and I'm gonna consider coming back next year as well. I'm very easy going, so if I like the tournament, an I do like it here, then I'm gonna try to come back next year", said Coric, who pulled out of the Santiago Open this week and still don't know what his calendar looks like
For the second week in a row, Marcel Granollers/Horacio Zeballos are set to play a final of an ATP event. Third seeded at the Rio Open presented by Claro, they defeated Brazilian wildcard duo Felipe Meligeni and Thiago Monteiro in two sets: 7/6 (4) and 6/4 in a match that started on Friday, continued on Saturday and finally ended on Sunday, due to rain delays. The final of the doubles' draw is scheduled for 3 pm (local time) at Quadra Guga Kuerten. They face the winner of Salvatore Caruso/Federico Gaio and Lukazs Kubot/Marcelo Melo. "We've been playing for so long that we had long matches likes this one before, so in this kind of situations all you can do is wait and be patient and be ready and 100% when is time to play again" said Argentinian Zeballos. With the win over the Brazilians, who defeated top-seeded Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah at the first round in Rio, Granollers/Zeballos extended their winning streak to seven matches _including the title in Buenos Aires last week. Last year's US Open finalists, they now hope to win the third title playing together _they won in Argentina and also in Canada, last year. "We are very happy with our season so far. Last week we had an amazing week in Buenos Aires and here we are playing at a high level once again. We expect a very tough match in the final and hopefully we can win", said Granollers.