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Rafael Matos and Joao Menezes, the first champions of the "Concord Iași Open". The singles final is played on Sunday, from 12 PM, live on TVR 3 and TVR Iași
September 19, 2020
The first final played at "Concord Iași Open", at the inaugural edition of the ATP Challenger 100 tournament in Iași, ended with a surprise, the favorites being forced to admit defeat.
The first doubles champions of the biggest tennis tournament in Romania come from Brazil. Rafael Matos and Joao Menezes won the two sets: 6-2, 6-2, in front of the favorites no. 3, Treat Huey from Philippines and Nathaniel Lammons from the United States.
This was the first ATP Challenger title for the two Brazilians as a team, Rafael Matos already having a trophy in the ATP Challenger Circuit.
Besides, the day started with two surprises, after finishing the semifinals of the singles, the first two favorites of the tournament, the Spaniards Pablo Andujar and Jaume Munar, being eliminated.
Pablo Andujar, the Spanish player ranked 51st in the world, favorite no. 1 of the ATP Challenger 100 tournament in Iași, was defeated 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 by Mathias Bourgue, a 26-year-old Frenchman ranked 258th in the world. This is the sixth final of the ATP Challenger tournament for the Frenchman, who has two titles. For Andujar, the tournament in Iași was a test before the Grand Slam tournament at Roland Garros.
At the same time, on Field 5, in the second singles semifinal of the “Concord Iași Open” 2020, a real “thriller” took place, ending with another surprising result: Carlos Taberner, head of series no.5, needed almost three hours to eliminate Jaume Munar, the favorite with no. 2. It was 5-7, 6-1, 7-6 (2), for Carlos, who is now playing in the third ATP Challenger final.
Thus, in the final scheduled for Sunday, from 12 o'clock, the two outsiders from the semifinals, the French Mathias Bourgue and the Spanish Carlos Taberner, will meet, the match being broadcast live on TVR 3 and TVR Iași.
“Concord Iași Open”, ATP Challenger 100 Category tournament, endowed with total prizes worth 88,520 euros, benefits from the support of the entire Iași community and the support of trusted sponsors and partners, whom we would like to thank: Concord Service Center, NERA Computers, Lenovo Romania, Certus Software Romania, Iași City Hall, Romanian Tennis Federation, Tvr Iasi Online, Travis Tourism, Stra-Rom Advertising Production, Fiterman Pharma, Kinetic Social, Preventis Iasi Sports Club, Hotel Unirea Iasi, Coriolan, Omniclean, Zimbru Premium, F.Egidio, Expert Vision, RadioHit Iasi, Evenimentul, TeniSite, Chelaru & Asociații, as well as EuroDemos and Kasta Morrely, for the wonderful teams of volunteers who were with us at the Ciric Sports Base this week and who, with professionalism and enthusiasm , contributed to the smooth running of the Concord Iasi Open 2020.
PHOTO. Cristina HUTU