For its second edition, the Saint-Tropez Open tennis will hit very hard

Former world number seven Fernando Verdasco and young Hugo Gaston who thrilled millions of French people by standing up to Dominic Thiem – then world number 3 – in the round of 16 at Roland-Garros 2020. Or the very trains Ugo Humbert, who has just won the Rennes tournament by beating this same Dominic Thiem. So many big names in tennis who promise great play during the Saint-Tropez Open which will take place from October 9 to 16, on the brand new courts of the Pierre-Philippot municipal tennis courts.

Organized for the second consecutive year in the city of the Bailli, this tournament of the ATP Challenger tour will not take long to go upmarket. Moving from the Challenger 80 class to the Challenger 100 class (read elsewhere)the competition will be endowed with an endowment of nearly 100,000 euros.

Several players in the world top 100

Enough to attract players ranked between the 50e and the 200e world square, please! Proof of its attractiveness, 180 players have already registered… for only 32 places available. “And again, it’s only the second edition, that the event reaches its cruising speed. The players here earn points for the ATP ranking, fine. But behind them, there are also their families, who can do shopping here rather than being assigned residence when the tournament takes place in the depths of Texas. And then they are lodged in the nicest hotels in the village. We have a lot of arguments”boasts sports assistant Christophe Coutal.

Benjamin Rousseau, director of the Tennis club and the tournament abounds: “After last year, the ATP told us that the Saint-Tropez Open was one of the three most beautiful Challenger circuit tournaments in the world”.

But in addition to the satisfaction of hosting a tournament of this magnitude, the municipality also expects seasonal wing offers.

Benefits and visibility for the municipality

To begin with those linked to the hundreds of overnight stays generated by the 120 or so people who gravitate around the competition. Not to mention the hundreds of spectators who will fill the stands of the UST tennis club.

In the longer term, it is also the influence of Saint-Tropez that is at stake. And with a retransmission of the semi-finals and the final on the channel Be in sports but also “television broadcasts made in the United States or Australia”this ATP Challenger offers a real showcase for the village.

“And this at a lower cost to the taxpayer”, underlines the mayor Sylvie Siri. Indeed, the municipality will only subsidize the event up to 50,000 e to keep control of the name, that is to say to prevent a brand from coming to attach its surname to the tournament. The vast majority of organizational costs – some €750,000 – will thus be borne by All In, the company of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Thierry Ascione.

All that remains is to rush to the ticket office to attend, for 15 euros, the semi-finals and the final, on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 October. Access to the rest of the meetings will be free and without reservation.

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