Second career title in the $ 25,000 tournament organized by the Faro Tennis and Padel Center
Russian tennis player Alen Avidzba, 21, today won the second title of his career on the international tennis circuit, winning the 30th edition of the Faro Open, which distributed $ 25,000 in prize money.
One day after benefiting from the withdrawal of the first seed, Mischa Zverev, when he led 6-2 and 2-0, the world number 468 was authoritarian from start to finish and surpassed the French Lucas Poullain (514th) 6-2 and 6-2, in 1:17 hours, in a final in which he undid the opponent's consistency in a categorical way.
Effective for much of the meeting, Alen Avidzba opted for a restrained celebration, without raising his arms or shouting, when he converted the first match-point – a gesture that reminded him of what his compatriot, Daniil Medvedev, made famous with high caliber victories that have signed on larger stages.
"It was not because of him, but the truth is that he is a great inspiration", revealed, between smiles, the natural tennis player from Sochi, who has been training in the South of France for several years.
“We have known each other for a long time and have trained together for three years. Of course he is an inspiration, because he plays unbelievable tennis. But today I had this celebration just because I didn't want to shout, I was happy inside. ”
This Sunday's final, at the 30th Faro Open, was the first for Avidzba in over a year and a half. And that was why it was special: “I haven't played a final in a long time, so it had a certain meaning. Before the meeting I told myself to look at it as another meeting, I tried not to put too much pressure on me, to take advantage of the time and time on the court, he considered.
In the ceremony of handing trophies to the finalists of singles, José Rosa Nunes, president of the Center for Tennis and Padel of Faro and director of the Faro Open, referred to the importance of "holding" the 30th edition of the historic tournament.
“We couldn't stop. Over these 30 years we have faced great difficulties and this year we were about to give up, but the Portuguese Tennis Federation and the International Tennis Federation told us that it was important to maintain the event, because there is a lack of tournaments around the world, and we are proud . We gained courage, we did the Faro Open in accordance with all the rules and requirements of the Directorate-General for Health and we are pleased that we have reached the end with the objective accomplished. Faro kept the tradition and we are proud that this is the longest running international tournament in Portugal. ”
Also present at the ceremony was the Mayor of Faro, Rogério Bacalhau, who once again demonstrated his full support for the tournament.
“We can divide the importance of this event into two components: the economic one and from the point of view of the sport. Even with the pandemic issue, which plagues us all, it is important that sport remains active and that people can continue to practice individual sports. And that in training the practice is effective for young people ”, said the mayor.
“The Faro Tennis and Padel Center has managed to do this very successfully, it now has more students than last year, and it has done an excellent job in order to motivate and expand the practice of the sport. And in economic terms, these 12 days of the tournament have allowed Faro's restaurants and hotels to have some activity. I would like to emphasize that this was the 30th Faro Open, which demonstrates the strength with which the CTPF continues to work ”, added Bacalhau.
The variant of pairs was won, on Saturday, by the Portuguese Gonçalo Falcão, alongside the Turkish Tuna Altuna.