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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

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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.
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The seventh edition of the Rio Open presented by Claro, taking place in February 15-23 at the Jockey Club Brasileiro, has its first commitment: Austrian Dominic Thiem. World No.5 and runner-up at the French Open for the last two years, the 26-year-old will play in Rio for the fifth time in a row. Since the beginning of the event, in 2014, Rio Open has brought players from the top 10 of the ATP rankings to Brazilian courts. In 2019, the champion was Serbian Laslo Djere, in a final against Canadian NextGen Felix Auger-Aliassime. The tournament welcomed 50,000 spectators this year. Thiem won at the Rio Open in 2017, one of his 10 titles on clay and 14 in total. The Austrian is considered to be the best clay court specialist after Rafael Nadal, also a former champion in Rio, in 2014. During this season, Thiem has achieved outstanding results, such as the French Open final. In the semifinals, he beat Novak Djokovic in one of the best matches of the year. The Austrian also won his first Masters 1000 title on the hard courts on Indian Wells, with a win against Roger Federer in the final. Other trophies came this year in Beijing, Barcelona and Kitzbuhel. These results guaranteed his spot for the fourth time in a row in the ATP Finals, the tournament that closes the season with the eight best players of the world. "I am going through a very important year in my career, but I am already thinking about 2020 and I am glad to confirm my return to the Rio Open. It is a tournament that can help me prepare for my goal, which is

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Three former champions of the Rio Open presented by Claro take the courts of Jockey Club Brasileiro this Tuesday. After the rain interrupted the first day of matches on Monday, the second day of matches will see a lot of action. First to play will be number one seed at this edition of the Rio Open, Austrian Dominic Thiem, who aims to reclaim the title he won two years ago. Thiem, World number eight, faces Serbian Laslo Djere, 23, at his debut at the tournament, not before 7pm at Court Guga Kuerten. This will be the first time they play each other. "I know Laslo from the juniors' events and we've practiced together a few times, but we never faced each other in an event. He is a solid player and it's not going to be an easy match. The first game in a tournament is always difficult but it's also exciting to face someone for the first time", said the the Austrian. Following this match the Rio Open will see a clash of former champions at Court Guga Kuerten. Defending champion Diego Schwartzman faces former Rio titlist Pablo Cuevas. This will be the fifth time they face each other and so far they are tied: each one won two matches. Last time they battled was in 2017 in São Paulo. Six-time ATP Tour clay-court titlist Cuevas was the winner.  The Uruguayan also won in Hamburg, in 2015, in their first clash. Schwartzman was the winner in Antwerp (2016) and at the Australian Open in 2017. "It's going to be like a chess game and details will decide who wins it. We know each other pretty well, we played against each other several times and

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After winning his maiden tour-level crown at his hometown of Cordoba in front of family and friends last week, Argentinian Juan Ignacio Londero had another good Sunday, this time in Rio, where clinched a spot at the main draw of the Rio Open presented by Claro. Londero defetead Brazilian Rogério Dutra Silva at the second round of the qualifying event at Jockey Club Brasileiro in two sets: 7/6 and 6/2. On Saturday he beat Italian Alessandro Giannessi (7/6 and 6/1). With the result, Brazil remained with only two representatives at the main event: Thiago Wild and Thiago Monteiro. Five Brazilians played the qualifying and only Dutra Silva made it to the second round. Semifinalist in the 2017 edition of the "carioca" tournament, Norwegian Casper Ruud also secured a spot at this year's main event. After defeating Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci on Saturday, Rudd beat Argentinian Facundo Bagnis this Sunday in 7/5 and 6/4 in one hour and 36 minutes. Hugo Dellien was the third player to clinch a place at the main draw of the sixth edition of the Rio Open after beating Argentinian Carlos Berlocq in two sets: 6/3, 7/6. This will be his first ATP 500 event. Last year the Bolivian made headlines when he became only the second player of his country to make it to the Top 100 in the ATP Rankings _he now is world's number 113. The last spot in the main draw was occupied by Elias Ymer, who defeated Spaniard Pedro Martinez in three sets: 6/4, 1/6 and 6/4.  Ranked 116 in the world, Ymer will play the main event in Rio for the second time. In 2015 he lost to Tommy Robredo at his debut. At the doubles' qualifying

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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.
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The sixth edition of Rio Open presented by Claro, from February 18th to the 24th of 2019, held at the Jockey Club Brasileiro, will start its ticket sales on December 7th, with prices between R$ 30 and R$ 490, in the website www.tudus.com.br/rioopen. The biggest tennis tournament in South America has already confirmed names such as Austrian Dominic Thiem, World No.8, defending champion Diego Schwartzman and Italian Fabio Fognini, one of the crowd's favorites. The pre-sale for Claro, NET and Santander clients has started on Wednesday, November 28th."It is with great satisfaction and pride to announce that Rio Open reaches its sixth edition. With it, a new chapter for the tournament begins. After five years, the tournament has established itself as the biggest event of the Olympic schedule in Brazil after football. Thanks to the support of our crowds, the trust of our partners and the recognition of the contribution of the government. The secret of our success in this case is never settling with what we have achieved so far. We always want to make a bigger event and we are preparing ourselves with a lot of effort and dedication for the 2019 edition", said Marcia Casz, General Director of the Rio Open.The singles main draw will have three top 20 players, all clay-court specialists. Dominic Thiem is the current runner-up of the French Open and is the player with most wins on this surface in 2018 (30). He won the Rio Open in 2017 without losing sets. He will be playing in Rio for the fourth year in a row.Charismatic Fabio Fognini is living one of the best moments of his career at the age of 31. The is

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World No.7 Dominic Thiem, from Austria, is the first big name to commit to the sixth edition of the Rio Open presented by Claro, the biggest annual event of Rio de Janeiro's Olympic calendar. The 25-year-old tennis player will play the biggest tennis tournament in South America for the fourth year in a row, from February 16th to the 24th at the Jockey Club Brasileiro.Rio Open champion in 2017, Thiem made a huge leap in his career in the current season. The 25-year-old reached his first Grand Slam final in Roland Garros. Thiem also played really well at the US Open, taking World No.1 Rafael Nadal to the limit in the quarterfinals in one of the best matches of the year."Rio Open is always one of the highlights of my schedule. It's a pleasure to play in Brazil, in one of the most beautiful courts of the tour, and on my favorite surface. I also have to mention the crowds, one of the most exciting in the world. I hope I can have another great run in Rio", said Thiem.Rio Open Director, Luiz Carvalho commented on the confirmation of Thiem's participation. "Our compromise is always to bring the elite of tennis and fortunately we will have the second best clay court player in the world. A player that has stopped being a promess and became a reality. He has being showing that he will be one of the great forces of the tour for a very long time."Besides being a runner-up in Roland Garros, Thiem has won three titles in 2018: St. Petersburg (Russia), Lyon (France) and Buenos Aires (Argentina). In his career, the Austrian has won 11 trophies and

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Argentine Diego Schwartzman completed his best week on ATP Tour victorious at Rio Open presented by Claro without dropping a set in five matches. In the final against Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, World No. 23 was physically stronger and played better in important moments to win his maiden ATP 500, scoring 6/2 6/3, in 1h23, at Jockey Club Brasileiro. “When the tournament started, I looked at the draw and didn’t imagine I would win the title. I played better day after day, took advantage of every moment my opponents made mistakes. I’m very happy for my first 500 and I hope I can repeat it”, Schwartzman celebrated. For the campaign in Rio de Janeiro, the Argentine adds 500 points and US$ 365,560 prize money. It’s his second career singles title (Istanbul-2016) and he is guaranteed to crack the top 20 on Monday rankings, reaching 18th position. Verdasco will rise 16 places, appearing in top 25, his best rankings since July 2014. Schwartzman extends his head to head lead against the Spaniard to 2-0 (Nice-2016). Verdasco was looking to become the first singles and doubles titles in the same edition of the tournament in his inaugural Rio Open. Playing the biggest final of his career, Schwartzman lost the opening service game, combining two unforced errors with two forehand winners from Verdasco. But he broke right back and saved 0-40 to take the lead for the first time, 2/1. Both players had highs and lows on serve (51% for the Argentine against 53%) and seed No. 6 was able to put more pressure on Verdasco’s second serve. With two double faults in the sixth game, the left-hander lost his serve as Schwartzman kept

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Spaniard team David Marrero/Fernando Verdasco overcame an unexpected beginning at Rio Open presented by Claro and six days later ended lifting a trophy together after more than four years. The duo came from a set and a break down in the final against Croatian Nikola Mektic and Austrian Alexander Peya to win the biggest South America tournament, scoring 5/7 7/5 10/8, in 1h50.They share the prize of US$ 110,070 by winning their seventh title in 10 finals on ATP Tour. The duo – and Verdasco’s – last victorious campaign came at ATP World Tour Finals, in 2013. Marrero lifts his 14th title in 30 finals while the left-hander celebrates his 8th doubles trophy – 7 with Marrero – in 23 finals.Ranked respectively as 79th and 63th in the World, Marrero and Verdasco had to play qualifying at Jockey Club Brasileiro. They lost in the final round, but entered the main draw as lucky losers after defending champions Pablo Carreno Busta/Pablo Cuevas withdrew from the tournament. The way to the title included three match tiebreaks and defeating seeds No. 2 and 4.“I arrived here the day before starting doubles qualifying, I was a little bit tired. To play singles and doubles during the week was hard. We were lucky to enter the main draw and I’m very happy to win doubles today”, Verdasco said. “On Sunday we were out of the tournament and now we won the title”, completed Marrero.It was Marrero’s third attempt to conquer Rio Open. He couldn’t win the final match in 2014 (with Marcelo Melo) and finished runner-up again two years later (with Pablo Carreno Busta). Verdasco now focus on singles to complete the perfect week in

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