Venue: Vale do Lobo Tennis Academy
All the best national tennis players registered in the first stage of the FPT senior circuit!
The entry group is led by João Sousa and has the presence of all the big names in Portuguese tennis.
Tennis is back and in great shape: the first of three stages of the new FPT Senior Circuit, which starts next Monday (June 22) at the courts of Vale do Lobo Tennis Academy, in Loulé, will be attended of all the best Portuguese tennis players.
For Vasco Costa, president of the Portuguese Tennis Federation, “it is a unique emotion to finally be able to see the best Portuguese players back on the national courts. It was a very long stop, full of great uncertainties, but which now culminates in the new FPT Senior Circuit, which is effectively an oxygen balloon for players who are used to the pace of high competition”.
Regarding the resumption of activity, the leader adds that “the FPT has been implementing, with great success, each of the four phases of resumption of activity that we have defined in order to minimize the impact of the new coronavirus. The feedback we have from athletes, professionals and amateurs is of great satisfaction for being able to play tennis again, and that is the most important thing for the Federation”.
The three stages of the FPT Senior Circuit distribute a total of 45 thousand euros in monetary prizes and will be played in the round robin system, with four groups of three tennis players and the winners advancing to the semi-finals. The main boards will have 12 players (6 direct entries, 4 qualified and 2 guests), while the qualifying boards will take place for 32 players and 16 players.
From Vale do Lobo Tennis Academy, the FPT Senior Circuit will continue to the Lisbon Racket Center (June 29 to July 5) and the Tennis Club of Figueira da Foz (July 6 to 12), culminating in the holding of the Absolute National Championship / Guilherme Pinto Basto Cup, from 13 to 19 July at the Monte Aventino Sports Complex, in Porto, with a prize money of 20,000 euros.
The four consecutive weeks of tennis at the highest level in Portugal will be broadcast live on Sport TV channels.