July 14 – 22, 2018
The lovely tennis club ‘De Mets’ has been the host of The Hague Open Challenger for a while now. It is located in Scheveningen close to the North Sea. A very pleasant place to play and watch tennis. The club has a vintage feel to it. It is located in a middle to upper class area of town and easily accessible by car and tram. The courts have been named after former Dutch tennis greats such as Richard Krajicek (1996 Wimbledon winner). There is good food in the cozy clubhouse and plenty of space to watch the matches.
This year Thiemo de Bakker earned a The Hague Open Challenger victory. He beat Germany’s Yannick Maden in the final. I was suprised with the officiating in the qualifying rounds which was below standards. Other than that it is a well organised event. It was my first time at the The Hague Open Challenger and thoroughly enjoyed my visits.
Financial commitment: EUR 64.000