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The 22 edition of the international tournament that is part of the ATP Challenger Tour and that saw the male competition elevate to ATP Challenger 80 status, will host both experienced tennis players and emerging talents competing at the Monte Aventino Sports Complex. Porto Open 2021 runs until 4 July.
The first week of the tournament, which has the support by the Municipality of Porto, features the ITF World Tennis Tour W25 women’s competition. The money prize, which is circa 21 thousand euros, will be contested by both singles and doubles tennis players from all over the world.
Mariana Campino, Matilde Jorge, Maria Inês Fonte and Matilde Morais are the main Portuguese tennis players that made it to the main competition, and were already given a Wild Card by the organisation. The highlights at international level at Monte Aventino are Katherine Sebov, Anastasia Zakharova, Tessah Andrianjafitrimo and Lucrezia Stefanini.
On 28 June, the ATP Challenger 80 male competition begins, with a prize money of 46.600 euros. This round will determine the access to the ATP circuit, as all professional players, who strive to reach the top 100 worldwide, to play at the ATP World Tour and at Grand Slams circuits are required to play Challenger tournaments.
The winner of last year’s tournament was the Portuguese Gastão Elias. As far as the Porto Open Director is concerned, António Paes de Faria, “in a city where tennis pulses every day and in a country that thrills at great tennis events, we are sure that the Porto Open ATP Challenger Tour 80 male competition will be the highlight of the season in Portugal”.
The competition will not have audiences in the enclosure, but it is possible to watch the main matches via the Porto Open social media.