Estoril Open director João Zilhão made an "extremely positive assessment" of the fifth edition of the Portuguese ATP 250 tournament, which consecrated Stefanos Tsitsipas champion and successor to João Sousa at the Estoril Tennis Club.
"Stefanos was a great bet for us, since last year, because we saw that the future of the new generation was there. Conquered the tournament, it is a great joy for us, because it is a player with a great charisma and that comes to our list of former champions.It is pointed out by many as the future number one in the world.At 20, he is in the top-10 and in the next few years we will see him shine on all surfaces, "he said.
In sporting terms, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and lucky loser Pablo Cuevas, who discussed the title with the young Greek, 19, João Zilhão did not fail to remember the contribution of João Sousa for the success of the tournament and the exhibitions of João Domingues.
"João Domingues was the great Portuguese hero in this edition and it was evident at a great level, after João Sousa's victory last year, which was memorable and perhaps unrepeatable. important for Portugal and for the national sport, and this triumph of Stefanos made me very happy because it is a reference name of the world tennis and helps us in terms of international visibility, "he explained.
Despite having exhausted eight in 10 sessions, the director of the only Portuguese ATP 250 tournament is satisfied with the current stage and although he admits there are "other projects on the table that have already been analyzed," he confesses he prefers to remain in the Tennis Club of Estoril, where more than 40 thousand spectators were counted this year.
"We are happy with this framework, sometimes changing to bigger is not better. I would be very unhappy to leave here for a Magic Box complex [Madrid], which does not have the soul of this project, which may not be the best in terms of infrastructures, but we make it special. It is not bad to have a stadium always full. I think this concept of a stadium more compact, but adapted to the reality of tennis in Portugal, works very well, "he concluded.