ST. PETERSBURG OPEN IS TRUE TO ITS CORE VALUES!
International Tennis Tournament St. Petersburg Open 2017, which concluded on Sunday, Sept. 24, in the city on the banks of Neva, has proven its reputation of a groundbreaking event where new tennis talents are discovered. Last year’s tournament brought the first title to a German of Russian origin Alexander Zverev, and this year the event in St. Petersburg has yet again discovered a new talent: Damir Dzumhur from Bosnia-Herzegovina is celebrating this kind of success for the first time in his career.
In the finals Damir secured a tough victory over Fabio Fognini from Italy (3/6, 6/4, 6/2), who is now a two-time runner-up of St. Petersburg Open. “It is the best day of my life!” the happy winner said after his triumph, “St. Petersburg Open is among the best ATP events, and it is certainly the best one in the ATP 250 category. The crowd was fair and supported us both. Nothing can prevent me from coming back to St. Petersburg to defend the title next year!” However, as the Director General of St. Petersburg Open and the Deputy Chairman of the Board at Gazprom PJSC Alexander Medvedev mentioned in his speech during the award ceremony, there’s no reason for Fognini to get discouraged. “Fabio is going to win the long-awaited trophy on his third attempt. As we say in Russia, God favors the things that come in threes”, Alexander Medvedev said.
The doubles champions Roman Jebavy from Czech Republic and Matwe Middelkoop from the Netherlands also won their first common title. In the course of the tournament in St. Petersburg they were able to defeat the top three seeded doubles teams. In the finals they defeated the first seeded team of Julio Peralta (Chile) and Horacio Zeballos (Argentina) – 6/4, 6/4. During the award ceremony we witnessed a heartwarming scene with Middelkoop, whose mom – Olga Yegorova – comes from St. Petersburg.
“It is truly wonderful to win a title in my second motherland with such an amazing partner who is full of energy”, the Dutch player of Russian origin said after the match. During the award ceremony Matwey – which is how you say his name in Russian – thanked the Organizing Committee, sponsors and everyone involved with the tournament, and expressed his special gratitude for his biggest supporter – his grandmother Maria Mikhailovna Yegorova, who was invited to the court to celebrate her grandson’s victory. Maria Mikhailovna was a nurse during the WWII. On May 9 – the day of victory – she was in Berlin and left her mark on the walls of Reichstag. The crowd at the stadium gave her a warm welcome congratulating her with Matwey’s success and her upcoming birthday: she will turn 92 on November 25.
By tradition, on the day of the men’s final an exhibition match between tennis legends was held on the Center Court of Sibur Arena. Team Russia included the former world No. 2, Roland Garros champion of 2004, and the current captain of the Russian Fed Cup team Anastasia Myskina, the winner of the Davis Cup 2006 and four ATP tournaments Igor Andreev, and the team captain Alexander Medvedev, the Deputy Chairman of the Board at Gazprom PJSC and the Director General of St. Petersburg Open. The opposing team included the former world No. 4 and the French Open 1997 winner Iva Majoli, the former world No. 1, Roland Garros 1998 winner and the current coach of Rafael Nadal Carlos Moya, and the team captain – Mikhail Youzhny, the owner of 19 ATP titles in singles and doubles. Despite a friendly atmosphere and constant jokes and funny remarks, that was an uncompromising battle. In the end, after being behind 5/7 team Russia was able to get it together for the final stage of the match and, after a consolidated effort, made the tennis fans of St. Petersburg happy by winning 8/7.
During the same week Dynamo Tennis Center hosted the 9th edition of the International Women’s Tournament Neva Cup 2017. The title went to the former world No. 7 in singles Belinda Bencic from Switzerland, who had started competing again after having a wrist surgery. In the finals she defeated the 17-year-old Ukrainian player Dayana Yastremska 6/2, 6/3. Swiss player said that she had decided to make her long-awaited comeback in St. Petersburg, because this city was where she was first able to get into the top 10 after reaching the finals of St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy in 2016. Belinda also became the Neva Cup 2017 runner-up in the doubles. The ones to win the doubles were the Russian players Anna Blinkova and Veronika Kudermetova who defeated the team of Belinda Bencic from Switzerland and Michaela Honcova from Slovakia in the championship match – 6/3, 6/1.
The organizing company “Formula Tennis-Xokkey” would like to thank the following companies for their support:
TITLE SPONSOR – GAZPROM EXPORT
GENERAL PARTNERS: VI HOLDING, GAS TRADE, ALMALY
OFFICIAL PARTNERS: EMIRATES, FOUR SEASONS, AVTODOM, EPL. YAKUTIAN DIAMONDS, HEAD, BABOLAT, CANON, LENMIX, SVOBODA COSMETIC ASSOCIATION OJSC, BITE, US MEDICA, RADUGA SHOPPING CENTER, PARKLANE
GENERAL MEDIA PARTNERS: RADIO MONTE CARLO, CHANNEL FIVE, SOVETSKIY SPORT NEWSPAPER, RUSSKOYE RADIO.
OFFICIAL MEDIA PARTNERS
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