Rotterdam Open 2022 Tournament Director Announces Terrible News for Fans

Published 01/03/2022, 5:30 AM EST
Aug 30, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; A general view of the interior of Ashe Stadium on day one of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports


Tournament director, Richard Krajicek has released some terrible news regarding Rotterdam Open 2022. This year as well the competition will most likely be taking place behind closed doors. The harsh decision was taken considering the constant surge in Covid-19 cases across the world.

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The ATP 500 tournament will be held in Rotterdam, Netherlands from 5th February to 13th February 2022. Andrey Rublev of Russia is the current defending champion at this tournament.

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Rotterdam Open 2022 to be played behind closed doors

The Rotterdam Open is a part of the ATP 500 Tour series and is annually played in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Moreover, this year will witness the 50th edition of the competition.

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However, there is some sad news regarding crowd participation at the event. Tournament director and former Dutch player, Richard Krajicek recently announced that this year as well the competition will be played without spectators.

Sadly, for the second consecutive year, there will be no crowd at the stadiums in Rotterdam. The decision was made in response to an increase in Covid-19 cases over the world, particularly in Europe. The fans will be extremely unhappy after hearing such sad news. However, in light of the current scenario, such steps had to be taken.

Who won the Rotterdam title in 2021?

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Andrey Rublev lifted his only ATP singles title at Rotterdam Open last year. En route to his trophy win, he defeated strong players like three-time Grand Slam champion, Andy Murray, and Stefanos Tsitsipas. Rublev comfortably beat Marton Fucsovics in the finals of the event with a score of 7-6, 6-4.

Tennis – ATP 500 – Rotterdam Open – Rotterdam Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands – Russia’s Andrey Rublev celebrates with a trophy after winning the Rotterdam Open REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

In addition, the Croatian pair of Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic came out victorious in the men’s doubles competition. Mektic and Pavic were high on heels when they lifted the title at Rotterdam Open.

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However, as the tournament director broke the devastating news, the people will not be able to see their favorite tennis star compete on the Rotterdam Open courts.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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