It was four days of matches at the Marina Barra Club in Rio. On Sunday (17), tennis players from 17 categories celebrated their titles of general champions of the Circuit, leading to their states, besides the trophy, the emotion of being in the final phase and to stay with players from different regions of the country.
RG Amateur Series : we do have a Master in Brazil!
Much dispute and fraternization in the decision of the Master of the Roland-Garros Amateur Series by Peugeot
The Roland Garros Amateur Series by Peugeot Masters finished on Sunday (17), on the clay courts of the Marina Barra Club, defining the general champions of the Circuit in 17 categories, in the men's and women's.
Over four days, more than 100 tennis players from nine Brazilian states competed, defined after three qualifying stages last year in Brasília (DF), Belo Horizonte (MG) and Caxias do Sul (RS). From Thursday (14), much dispute and fraternization took control of the club, in the search for victories and titles.
The Circuit is held by the Brazilian Tennis Confederation (CBT), in partnership with the French Tennis Federation (FFT) and the sponsorship of Peugeot. There were players from Acre, Espírito Santo, Goiás, Maranhão, Minas Gerais, Rio Grande do Sul, Rio de Janeiro, Santa Catarina and São Paulo.
A prize package for Roland-Garros
At the end of the race, Lucas Dubourg, director of the International Department of the French Tennis Federation (FFT) thanked everyone and has already announced the next season of the Roland Garros Amateur Series by Peugeot.
"I want to thank the club for the four days of the event, as well as the CBT and the organization of the tournament." Congratulations to all the players, for today's beautiful finals (Sunday), and I am anxious already for the next season, which begins this year, "he said.
At the end of the Master's, a prize package of five nights, for two people, with airfare, lodging and tickets for two days at the 2019 Roland-Garros tournament, scheduled for the period May 26 to June 9 in Paris. The winner was Carlos Paulino, 14, from Macaé (RJ), who accompanied the draw with his parents. "Excited and very happy, I'll get my passport ready," celebrated the champion of the 4th class up to 34 years.
At the opening ceremony, held on Thursday (14), all participants of the Master of the Roland-Garros Amateur Series by Peugeot Circuit received a ticket - offered by Peugeot - to watch the Rio Open on Monday (18). The sixth edition of the ATP 500, at the Brazilian Jockey Club in Rio.
Trophy in luggage
Among the participants, celebration and different stories to tell, on return home. Like that of Rodrigo San Juan, an Uruguayan who lives in Igrejinha (RS) and traveled to Rio de Janeiro with one goal: to win the title of the Master of Roland-Garros Amateur Series by Peugeot. On Sunday, Rodrigo left Marina Barra Clube with the general champion trophy of his category 5th class over 34 years. In the final against Luiz Rodrigues, from Brasília (DF), he scored 6/0 and 6/1, ending his participation in the tournament without losing any set. Match finished, much celebration with the wife, Simone Picinini.
"I'm happy to achieve the goal of being a champion, I've trained hard in this last month, both training on the court and physics, taking care of the food as well. I have a lot to learn, evolve, train and participate in more tournaments, "he said. "Next season I will play in the 4th class, try to go evolving, step by step, to go up there," he added.
"The whole structure was very organized"
With three wins in three matches, without losing a set, the gaucho Tomaz Vanin Dalla Costa, from Caxias do Sul, in the Serra Gaúcha, won the title in the 6th class up to 34 years. This Saturday (16), defeated Eduardo Ravaglia Queiroz, of Petrópolis (RJ), by 7/5 and 6/4 to be champion.
"I had been told that I was going to enter the match to be a champion, the tournament was wonderful, the whole structure was very organized, the level was also above expectations, I'm coming back with the trophy and also with all the friends I made, from different states. Without words. Now I am going to prepare to play again the Circuit, to rise of class and to look for another title ", celebrated Tomaz. "And the trophy is already in the suitcase, well cared for, leading to Caxias," he added.