Canceled for the past two years due to the health context, this 1st edition will take place on outdoor clay with night sessions.
“We are very impatient. In principle, this time, the Covid should not come to spoil the party.” President of the Stade Toulousain TC, Marc Tiersonnier has reason to be serene as the Toulouse Open approaches (grant of 46,600 euros + accommodation), an event on the Challenger circuit (i.e. the 2nd division of professional tennis), scheduled for 28 August to September 4 on the outdoor clay courts of Sept-Deniers.
After two first vintages on the ITF circuit (in 2018 and 2019, this last version had moreover been won by Benjamin Bonzi against Hugo Gaston), the “red and black” club finally changes category. “This Challenger should have been launched in 2020. Unfortunately, like the following year, the health crisis had turned everything upside down. This year, initially, it was the second week of July that was offered to us. From now on, my only small uncertainty We’re ready for everything else. We can’t wait to really tackle the organization of the tournament and in particular everything concerning the reception of players and the public, and all the logistics that ensue. We are planning stands with a capacity of between 500 and 600 people. As for the night sessions, we would like to be able to start them from 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. “, explains the leader, supported by 70 volunteers.
“Players ranked between 100th and 250th in the world”
Regarding the participants, “it is still too early to give a definitive list”, indicates Marc Tiersonnier. Of course, the “red and black” club would have liked to see its best players compete in this Challenger. “But I remind you that our tournament falls during the first week of the US Open. It would have been great to have Benjamin Bonzi and Hugo Gaston in the table. However, we hope that they will go far on the American cement”, continue the president of the STTC.
Nevertheless, the tray should still look great. “We should be able to count on players ranked between around 100th and 250th in the world”, announces the stadium manager. Note that the Toulouse event will have the Como tournament in Italy as its main competition, which is also played on outdoor clay.