Félix Auger-Aliassime wins European Open 2022!

Félix Auger-Aliassime has won the seventh edition of the European  Open. The Canadian defeated American Sebastian Korda (ATP-36) in two fine sets 3-6 and 3-6 in the  final on Sunday. 

Second series leader and number 10 in the ATP rankings Auger-Aliassime battled for his third ATP title  of the year in the final of the European Open at a packed Lotto Arena. Both 22-year-old players faced  each other for the third time. In the confrontations between them, they were tied 1-1. 

In the first set, the service game of both tennis stars was almost flawless, and they gave each other no  break chances. In the sixth game, Korda let Auger-Aliassime go with a sublime dropshot to his first  break point, and it was immediately the good one. The Canadian deepened the lead to 2-5 and even  got a first set ball on Korda’s serve. The American worked away the set point but one game later Auger Aliassime finished the job on his own serve. With another beautiful dropshot, the Canadian won the  first set 6-3. 

After the first set, Korda received an injury treatment, but he kept going to the limit. He knuckled down  to two break balls. Auger-Aliassime worked away the break points with another strong serve and did  exploit a break ball in the next game. With a 4-5 lead, the second set head was able to serve for the  match. The Canadian kept his cool, finishing easily on his serve and thus crowned himself the winner  of the seventh edition of the European Open 3-6, 4-6. It is the third ATP title for Auger-Aliassime. Earlier  this year, he already won the ATP Rotterdam and Florence tournaments. 

The Dutch duo Tallon Griekspoor (ATP D-684) and Botic van de Zandschulp (ATP D-216) had won the  doubles tournament earlier in the day against the Indian-Dutch team Rohan Bopanna (ATP D-20) and  Matwe Middelkoop (ATP D-25). In the second game, the Indian-Dutch duo already decorated a break.  Middelkoop and Bopanna maintained their lead and grabbed the first set 3-6. 

The Dutch pair battled back and went through Middelkoop and Bopanna’s serve in the eighth game of  the second set. Van de Zandschulp and Griekspoor cashed in their second set ball and brought the  boards back into balance with a 6-3 set win. In the super tiebreak in the third set, the duo of van de  Zandschulp and Griekspoor climbed to a 9-5 lead. The first match ball was immediately the right one,  thus winning the doubles title. This final victory in Antwerp is their first doubles title together.

Kristoff Puelinckx, Founder&CEO Tennium: “We are breaking all records this year with the spectator  numbers, in total we sold over 28 000 tickets. Right from the start of the week, a pack of people turned  up. It was noticeable that ticket sales especially boomed just before the tournament. Again, we  received many congratulations from the city of Antwerp, the Flemish and federal authorities, sponsors, and many others about the organization. I would like to thank them for the smooth cooperation. The  players also gave very positive feedback. A lot of players also visited the city and, for example, visited  Chocolate Nation. I would also like to congratulate Dick, Ilse and their entire team for the  organization.” 

Dick Norman, Tournament Director European Open: “I am a very satisfied tournament director. Once  again, we managed to put together a great list of participants, a mix of young talent and experienced  players. And new names, just think of Gilles-Arnaud Bailly, a 17-year-old Belgian who played very well  here. We saw a lot of exciting and brilliant matches. Right from the first day, a lot had shown up at the  Lotto Arena. Top-ten player Félix Auger-Aliassime is a fantastic overall winner of the 2022 European  Open. We are already looking forward to the 2023 edition, for which preparations have already  started.” 

Alderman for Sport Antwerp Peter Wouters: “Game, set, match. Over the past week, we have once  again seen that ‘match’ between the European Open and the tennis city of Antwerp. The collaboration  with Chocolate Nation inspired the assembled tennis stars to conjure a lot of goodies out of their  rackets. The many spectators also showed their best side again and fiercely encouraged all players,  although there was also a healthy portion of (Antwerp) chauvinism among them. Goffin, Bailly,  Bemelmans, Malisse and co were enthusiastically applauded, and local hero Michaël Geerts really  raised the decibel meter. That continues to taste like more! As far as Sporting A is concerned, edition  number eight may start tomorrow!” 

The Flemish government joins hands with the city of Antwerp through EventFlanders to make this top  event possible. EventFlanders operates within Tourism Flanders, but is a collaboration between  Tourism Flanders, the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Department of Culture, Youth and Media and  Sport Vlaanderen.