Rio Open 2020 Preview
Clay court specialists from around the world will continue their preparations for Roland Garros in the first ATP 500 clay tournament of the season, the Rio Open. The seventh edition of the tournament takes place from the 17 – 23 February with Rio’s beautiful backdrop with sites such as the Copacabana Beach and the Christ the Redeemer statue.
Amazingly, the tournament has had different winners each year, which does not bode well for Serbia’s Laslo Đjere who was the shock winner at last year’s event. Đjere beat Canadian youngster Félix Auger-Aliassime in the final in a tournament where all eight seeds were knocked out before the quarter-finals. Past winners of the Rio Open include the King of Clay Rafael Nadal and 2020 Australian Open finalist Dominic Thiem.
Brazilian tennis fans don’t have a superstar to support like Gustavo Kuerten any more, so any hope of national success will probably come in the doubles. The likes of Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares will be in contention for the doubles title, both are Grand Slam winners.
Where is the tournament held?
The Rio Open 2020 is the seventh edition of he tournament and in takes place at the Jockey Club Brasileiro in Rio de Janeiro.
What dates does the tournament run?
17 – 23 February 2020.
What court surface is the tournament played on?
The tournament is played on outdoor clay courts.
How many players and how many seeds are in the tournament?
There are a total of 32 players and eight seeds in the singles.
What is the prize money and how many ATP ranking points are available?
Prize money, Singles:
Winner – $355,530
Finalist – $178,455
Semi-finalist – $90,600
Second round – $24,540
First round – $13,555
Ranking points, Singles:
Winner – 500 points
Finalist – 300 points
Semi-finalist – 180 points
Quarter-finalist – 90 points
Second round – 45 points
First round – Zero points
Who are the reigning Champions?
Men’s singles – Laslo Đjere
Men’s doubles – Máximo González and Nicolás Jarry
Where can I buy tickets for the tournament?
How can I follow the tournament without going there?
You can watch the event on Amazon Prime Video.
You can also follow this tournament on their official Twitter here.
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