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.
Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, one of the most exciting NextGen players of the tour, has received a wild card for the Rio Open presented by Claro. At 16 years of age, he is the youngest player in the top 500 and he is coached by former World No.1 Juan Carlos Ferrero. The tournament takes place between 15th and the 23rd of February 2020. Dominic Thiem, Matteo Berrettini, Diego Schwartzman and Borna Coric have committed to the event. Alcaraz won his first ATP point at 14-years-old and won a Future title. He beat top 200 players at the Challenger level as well. "I want to thank IMG and the Rio Open for this incredible opportunity. I am excited to play my first ATP title. Spaniards have a great history in Rio, with titles from Nadal and Ferrer. I hope someday to have my name of the trophy too", said Alcaraz. IMG decided on the wild card following the tradition of encouraging young players. Alcaraz also joins Brazilian Felipe Meligeni, who won the first wild card with the title at Maria Esther Bueno Cup, the Brazilian NextGen tournament organized by the Rio Open. The complete line-up of the ATP 500 will be revealed in January. "Last year we brought a NextGen player (Felix Auger-Aliassime) who started his breakthrough at the Rio Open. Alcaraz is very young but he has been surprising everyone with his maturity on the court. It will be a great opportunity to see him in a big arena for the first time", said Luiz Carvalho, Tournament Director.
Rio Open presented by Claro promises to make fans' mouths water. Leblon Boulevard, our 10,000m² area of food and entertainment in the same level of the biggest tournaments of the world, gathers the best of carioca cuisine. With renowned chefs, good restaurants, bars and food trucks, the audience will be able to taste sandwiches, hamburgers, healthy food, ice cream, Japanese food, coffee, beer and Brazilian 'petiscos' and 'brigadeiros'. The bar Seu Vidal is famous for its petiscos, the Brazilian term for tapas, and sandwiches, as well as the Ateliê Benoliel, with amazing hamburgers. CT, by French superstar chef Claude Troisgros, will have a special dish with sausage and Brazilian farofa. At Geneal you can find the authentic carioca hot dog and at Cogu you will experience all kinds of recipes with mushrooms. Las Empanadas brings the Argentinian flavor and Benkei presents the Brazilian version of Japanese food. In case you are more into sweets, you can taste brigadeiros, a traditional Brazilian creamy chocolate ball at Fabiana D'Angelo, and the ice cream of Mil Frutas. Beer enthusiasts should go to the Petra Bar, with a giant screen broadcasting matches and an amazing view of Christ the Redeemer. The Espaço Deck will also have a drink bar.