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THE VENETO OPEN PROMOTED BY REGIONE DEL VENETO RAISES THE CURTAIN: IT STARTS ON SUNDAY, WITH 7 TOP-100

The presentation of the third edition of the Veneto Open promoted by the Veneto Region was presented at Palazzo Balbi in Venice

Gaiba – With less than a week to go, the Veneto Open promoted by the Veneto Region can reveal all the details of the third edition. From the new exceptional title sponsor, demonstrating the ever-increasing importance that the WTA 125 in Gaiba (province of Rovigo) has for the area, to the names of the protagonists expected from Sunday 16 June in Polesine, to fight for the title of one of only eight international tournaments on the major circuit – and the only one in Italy – on natural grass. The tournament organized by the Gaiba Tennis Club will once again have 115,000 dollars in prize money and for the first time will open up to qualifiers, with a single round (Sunday) which will offer the last four places for the main draw, which comes with the beauty of seven players among the top 100 of the WTA rankings. The highest of all is the German veteran Tatjana Maria, number 56 in the world and now a regular at the Venetian event, where she will return after having come close to the title in 2023 (she surrendered in the final to the American Ashlyn Krueger, despite a 5- 2 in the third set). Behind her, among the top 100 also the American Bernarda Pera, the Argentine Maria Lourdes Carle, the Bulgarian Viktoriya Tomova, the Spanish Jessica Bouzas Maneiro and the Slovak Rebecca Sramkova. Also noteworthy is the return to Gaiba of the Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck, winner of the first edition (2022), and the presence in the entry list of many very young people with an assured future, above all the Swiss Celine Naef and the Philippine Alexandra Eala, both born in 2005 , among the very first in the world as juniors.

In the main draw there will also be the Italians Sara Errani – finalist in 2022 and competing thanks to a wild card – and Lucrezia Stefanini, best Italian in Gaiba last year (she reached the quarterfinals). Instead, the American Robin Montgomery will start from the qualifiers, who in the second edition reached the semifinals showing explosive tennis. But the possible protagonists will also be many others, in a tournament that has always reserved surprises and promises entertainment from the very first days, up to the final on Sunday 23 June. The race for tickets has already started, with coupons for the Central Court available on the Clappit online ticket office. Entrance to the club and secondary fields, however, will be free. Numerous collateral activities are also planned during the week, starting with the main draw draw ceremony starting on Monday: it will be held on Saturday 15 June at 7.30 pm, on the Centrale, and for the first time it will be open to the public. A further opportunity to fully experience a one-of-a-kind tournament. Always capable of leaving a mark.

THE STATEMENTS

Luca Zaia, president of the Veneto Region

“Thanks to the organizers, because this event is an example of the meaning of ‘throwing your heart over the obstacle’. We are talking about Gaiba, a municipality in the Polesine area of ​​970 inhabitants that has invented a sporting event that competes with Wimbledon. The idea of ​​daring must be rewarded. I thank the organizers and the territory that supports this tournament, because these efforts are the nursery from which the great champions of tomorrow will be born. The regional administration has chosen to include the Veneto Open among the major events in the area, underlining the importance we attribute to sport and its values ​​for young people and for a better quality of life in society, and because we believe in the relevance that the major sporting events are for the promotion of the territory”.

Cristiano Corazzari, councilor for territory, culture, security and sport of the Veneto Region

“The Veneto Region wanted to invest again this year in this event which for a week brings Polesine to the forefront of international sport, attracting the participation of over 15 countries and more than 50 players. New to this edition of the tournament is the establishment of the Veneto Region Award which will be awarded to the best emerging tennis player, in addition to the involvement of eight creators who in those days will tell not only what happens on the courts, but will also talk about the beauties and opportunities offered by the territory”.

Angelo Binaghi, president of the Italian Tennis and Padel Federation

“The presentation of the Veneto Open falls on an unforgettable day for us, given that for the first time in history there is an Italian at number one in the world, Jannik Sinner. Certain goals are the result of planning that has been going on for twenty years now and has ensured that our sport, once an ugly duckling, could become the flagship among Italian disciplines. Gaiba’s extraordinary result, the result of competence and passion, fits into this context. Tournaments like the Veneto Open are fundamental for us, not only because they create great promotion and a notable economic impact on the territory, but also because they are the secret to the development of our technical sector. The wild cards available for the tournament, in fact, allow our best young men and women to test themselves in advance against players who are stronger than them. An opportunity that gives them the chance to progress faster. We are therefore very happy with the continuous development of the event, and there will always be a growing commitment on our part over time.”

Elia Arbustini, director of the Veneto Open promoted by the Veneto Region

“We are proud to present the third edition of the Veneto Open promoted by the Veneto Region. I must first of all thank the WTA and FITP who continue to strongly believe in this project, all the partners (Intesa Sanpaolo present here, sponsor for the second consecutive year), the institutions and bodies involved. Of these I particularly thank Confindustria Veneto Est (title of the singles trophy) and obviously the Veneto Region which promotes the event as highlighted in the name of the 2024 tournament. The event is an important opportunity for visibility for the territory, both national and international level. Our passion for tennis is expressed in a constant commitment to guarantee an exhilarating playing experience. With this in mind, we have invested to further improve the quality of our fields, to guarantee an even better performing surface capable of exalting the competing athletes. The Veneto Open promoted by the Veneto Region is part of a historic moment, from the point of view of results, for Italian tennis. And women’s tennis is growing significantly again, synonymous with quality work carried out by athletes and coaches with the fundamental support of the Federation. We trust that our tournament will also contribute to fueling the passion for tennis in Italy and in particular for women’s tennis. This year, the wild card reserved for the organization will be assigned to Sara Errani, a player who has written important pages in the history of Italian tennis and who continues to be an inspiration for the new generations. After the victory in doubles, paired with Jasmine Paolini, at the Internazionali in Rome and the recent Slam final at Roland Garros, for the third consecutive year Sara will start her grass court season at Gaiba. It will be a truly special edition, full of emotions and great challenges, and we, as always, can’t wait to get started.”

Paolo Armenio, vice president of Confindustria Veneto Est with responsibility for the Rovigo Territory

“Every time I think about when, three years ago, the guys from Gaiba came to present us this project, I realize how what seemed like a miracle has turned into reality. Three moments come to mind: when together with councilor Corazzari we decided to launch ourselves into this great adventure; when in the meeting we had last November with FITP president Binaghi we reiterated our confidence towards this tournament; and when, every time I happened to meet President Zaia, I asked for his support. So here we are, with a project that can only continue to grow. A development project for a territory that has nothing to envy of many others. When all the institutions decide to work together, without forgetting Intesa Sanpaolo which immediately embraced this possibility, great results can be achieved not only nationally but also internationally”.

Cristina Balbo, regional director of Veneto Ovest and Trentino Alto Adige Intesa Sanpaolo

“For the second consecutive year we have renewed our support for this sporting event which will bring the small town of Gaiba into the international spotlight, thanks to the presence of world-class athletes. The Veneto Open confirms itself as a splendid opportunity to promote sport and its values ​​of inclusion and solidarity, but also an opportunity to enhance and understand the Polesine and an economic boost for the local municipalities”.

Nicola Zanca, mayor of Gaiba

“Today we feel like we are dreaming: it is a historic date for Italian tennis and it is also historic for the Municipality of Gaiba, given that we are reconfirmed as administration. Like every year we propose the dream of bringing a municipality of less than 1,000 inhabitants to the major circuit, in the tennis that counts. In the same week there will be three WTA tournaments: one in Berlin, another in Birmingham and the third in Gaiba, where the players will stop on their way from Roland Garros to Wimbledon, from Paris to London. An achievement born of a dream, of great team work and of a lot of collaboration between the institutions, which I thank from the bottom of my heart. Without their support, this dream would probably have remained on the back burner, but we are ready to see it come true for the third time.”

Enrico Ferrarese, president of the Province of Rovigo

“We have to thank Gaiba, and the group of guys who imagined and then gave life to something that seemed impossible. As well as all the sponsors and institutions. As the Province of Rovigo we feel great pride in an experience that we are all trying to live together, each one doing their best to succeed together with Gaiba in preparing a context suitable for a tournament of this level. We are happy and grateful that the Veneto Region is a protagonist in this adventure, and thus contributes to increasing the value of the event. At the same time, we as Polesine and the province of Rovigo, understood as a territory and community, hope to be able to make our contribution to the entire Veneto sports movement”.

THE PROMOTION FOR FITP.  The organizers have made 200 daily tickets available to Fitp members, valid from Monday 17 June to Thursday 20 June. The link to purchase tickets is as follows:  https://www.clappit.com/biglietti-venetopen . At the time of purchase it will be necessary to enter the discount code “FITP2024” which will make the ticket free. The promotion is valid until the first 200 coupons are sold out.

THE VENETO OPEN LIVE – As well as directly at the club entrance on match days, the coupons to attend the matches of the Central Camp of the Veneto Open promoted by the Veneto Region are available on the Clappit online ticket office, at the address: https:/ /venetopen.com/ticket/ .

THE VENETO OPEN ON TV – The Veneto Open matches promoted by the Veneto Region will be broadcast live on SuperTennis TV (64 on digital terrestrial, 212 on Sky), as well as in streaming on the Supertennis.tv website and on the SuperTenniX digital platform.

THE VENETO OPEN ONLINE – In addition to the official tournament website www.venetopen.com , it is possible to follow the Veneto Open promoted by the Veneto Region also through the social pages dedicated to the event. Instagram account : @Venetopen. Facebook page : Gaibledon. YouTube channel : Gaibledon.