Mischa Zverev, former “top-25” of the ATP and older brother of the current world No. 7, Alexander Zverev, is the big name of the 30th edition of the Faro Open, a historic international tournament organized by the Tennis and Padel Center from Faro.
The race, held with the support of the Municipality of Faro and the Portuguese Tennis Federation, runs until Sunday.
At the age of 33, the German chose to travel to the Algarve region about 10 days after leaving Melbourne, where he was accompanying his brother and on television duty during the Australian Open.
Currently in 278th position in the ATP ranking, Mischa Zverev is the first seed of the main singles squad and awaits the end of the qualifying phase to meet the first opponent.
Then, in the second round, he can face the Portuguese Tiago Cação (553º), who also makes his debut against a qualifier.
The German reached the 25th place in the world ranking in July 2017, months after reaching the Australian Open quarter-finals, where he was only fought by the future champion, Roger Federer.
In the curriculum he has an ATP singles title in three disputed finals, four pairs (in 12) and five Challengers, in addition to five others in tournaments of the International Tennis Federation.
Portuguese Gastão Elias joins the list of seed
Like Mischa Zverev, the Portuguese Gastão Elias (379th) is also on the list of seed, coming from the runner-up in Vale do Lobo last Sunday.
The remaining Portuguese already confirmed in the main frame of the Faro Open received «wild cards». And at least one of them will move on, given that Luís Faria (805º) and Pedro Araújo (1325º) are going to fight. Fábio Coelho (1349) faces Germany's Sebastian Fanselow (427), who lives and trains in Lisbon.
In the main group of pairs, 11 "home" players will be in action, three of them among the seeded players: Francisco Cabral is the first, alongside the American John-Paul Fruttero, while Gonçalo Falcão is the second (with Tuna Altuna ) and Tiago Cação the third (with Lipovsek Puches).
Celebrating the 30th edition, the Faro Open is the longest running international tournament in Portugal. This year, due to the pandemic, it is carried out "behind closed doors" and in accordance with all the rules of the Directorate-General for Health.