The 30th edition of the Faro Open kicked off yesterday, Sunday, with the victories of four Portuguese players, who thus guaranteed their presence in the second of three rounds of the tournament's qualifying round.
The event, organized by the Center for Tennis and Padel of Faro with the support of the Portuguese Tennis Federation, distributes $ 25,000 in monetary prizes.
One of the triumphs was signed by Francisco Cabral, who imposed the 6-3 and 6-3 ends to Frenchman Adan Freire da Silva to confirm his 10th seed and advance to the second round, in which he will face a compatriot: the young Vasco Leote Prata, who playing for the second time in an international tournament, debuted winning 2-6, 7-6 and 10-5 in a 100% Portuguese duel against Francisco Faria.
This Sunday's round also counted on the triumphs of Illia Stoliar (6-4, 1-6 and 10-7 to Heber Adonis) and Afonso Portugal (4-6, 6-2 and 10-7 to Eduardo Morais), who return to the «courts» of the Tennis and Padel Center of Faro, in Gambelas, on Monday to look for a place in the round of access to the main board.
Conversely, Gonçalo Falcão (16th seed), Tiago Torres, João António, Tomás Almeida, Tiago Rodrigo Fernandes, Pedro Libório, José Ricardo Nunes, João Ferreira, André Stewart, Martim Simões, Tiago Boschmans and João were eliminated Maria Soares.
The Faro Open, which celebrates its 30th edition this year, is the longest running international tournament in Portugal. It is the second in a series of three international events to be held in the Algarve until mid-March.