The 21st edition of Porto Open, Invicta's main international tennis event, runs until October 4th. After a first week that kicked off with a 15,000 dollars women's ITF tournament, the action continues in Complexo Desportivo Monte Aventino, with two tournaments, men’s, and women's, each with 25,000 dollars in prize money.
After seeing its date changed at the beginning of April, due to the pandemic, Porto Open is back to its 21st edition, with a men’s and a women's event simultaneously - it is, in fact, the only international event in Portugal competing this way.
This postponement was, moreover, used by the organisers to properly prepare the tournament, according to the guidelines of the main entities of world tennis, which this year will be held without an audience on the stands.
The 21st edition of Porto Open includes an increase in the total prize money of the event, to 65,000 dollars, as the program included the dispute for a 15,000 dollars women's ITF tournament, which ended with the victory of the Brazilian at the weekend. Beatriz Haddad Maia. In the double’s competition, the Brazilian Carolina Meligeni Alves and the Spanish Marina Bassols Ribera were the winners.
In this second week of tennis in Complexo Desportivo do Monte Aventino the competitions of the women’s and men’s draw are contested, each one endowed with 25,000 dollars in prize money.
The Porto Open men's has a top main draw: Gastão Elias, who has already occupied the 57th position in the world ranking, will have his debut in the Porto tournament and will be one of the best known names put to the test. This name joins other prominent tennis players on the rise in national tennis such as Nuno Borges, national champion in title and current 544th in the ATP list, João Monteiro, Porto Open champion in 2017 and 879th in the world hierarchy, and Tiago Cação (543rd in the ATP ranking).
The Japanese Hiroki Moriya, currently 244th in the ATP list, is the first seed of the Porto Open, in a batch that also includes the German Mischa Zverev, former top 25 ATP and brother of Alexander Zverev, nº 7 in world hierarchy and finalist of the last US Open, for example. Spaniard Pablo Vivero González will also be in Porto to defend the title he won in last year's edition of the event.
In women's competition, the organisers expect a highly competitive level. The two best Portuguese women of today, Francisca Jorge and Inês Murta have already guaranteed a place in the main draw and will join a cast of foreign tennis players that promises excellent days of tennis in Complexo Desportivo do Monte Aventino: Cristina Bucsa, Porto Open champion in 2018, Bia Haddad Maia, or Leonie Kung, from Switzerland, who is 145th in the WTA ranking and is the main favourite to win.