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,” adds
Gustavo 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 results in Paris. We will exchange know-how, best practices and projects that will bring benefits to both events. It’s an honor to be side by side with Roland Garros”.
Apart from the Roland Garros Pro Series, the FFT has also created in Brazil the Club Roland Garros, a certification awarded to clubs who promote exchange experiences for coaches. Furthermore, the Roland Garros Junior Wild Card Series awards one wild card for the juniors draw of the Grand Slam.