June 8 – 16, 2019
Last year was fun and I was happy to come back for the 2019 edition. Again I visited the first qualifying round to see some new players in action. Some young talents like Jannik Sinner, Emil Ruusuvuori and Tommy Paul had caught my attention. Especially Jannik Sinner was impressive. Just 17 years old, he played very calm and managed a tough come-from-behind win against the 7 seed Lukas Lacko. Sinner has a great double-handed backhand that looks very smooth and simple. Tommy Paul was entertaining to watch, he actually threw in an underhanded serve on game point and advanced fairly easy to round 2. Saw some good tennis despite the constantly pounding wind that was definitely a factor that bothered the players. The day started clouded and rainy but ended sunny.
No main draw visit this year since I don’t have a lot of time during the tournament week. The weather predictions and ticket prices aren’t too good either.
Facebook: Libema Open
ATP/WTA points: 250
Financial commitment: EUR 711.275