Roland-Garros launches an e-gaming tournament
We now have the names of the first two qualifiers for the final in Paris.
After the opening stages of the grand e-sport tournament launched by Roland-Garros, we now have the names of the first two qualifiers for the final in Paris.
The WASD eSport Bar in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, saw a former Top Spin 4 expert from the early 90s emerge victorious. As soon as he found out that Roland-Garros was launching the eSeries, Rogerio Corrêa, a 36-year-old economist working in Rio de Janeiro, got back into training and made a trip all the way to the capital of Minas Gerais for the event. And on 15 April, playing as Belgium’s David Goffin, he won the Brazilian tournament, defeating Murilo Catro from Sao Paulo in the final who was playing as Gaël Monfils (6-3, 6-3).
"I gained in confidence as the competition went on," said Corrêa. "My game improved. I’m very proud to be representing Brazil at the final in Paris against the best players in the world. I’m going to need to train to be at the right standard, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to do that 100% because I have work as well. I’m going to try to be like Federer is at the moment – I’m going to train smarter, not harder! My dream would be to meet Gustavo Kuerten in Paris, to be able to thank him for everything he’s done and continues to do for tennis."
Three weeks earlier, the very first stage of the e-Sport tournament launched by Roland-Garros was held in China, at the Fish Internet Café in Beijing. The winner, Dong Bicheng, is what you might call a hardcore gamer, and on 25 May at the Porte d’Auteuil, he will be on hand not only to represent his country in the grand final but apparently is absolutely determined to go back home with the trophy!