Barry is ready to welcome a major international women’s tennis event. After years of inactivity and a major renovation, the tennis club will host the 2022 Open delle Puglie, a WTA 125 that awards a prize money of $125,000.
The event was formally presented with a press conference inside the historic Bari Building, which was attended by Sports Adviser Pietro Petruzzelli, Francesco Crodel (Member of Akp Council), Luca Scandale (General Manager of Puglia Promotion), Angelo Giliberto (Coni Puglia), Isidoro Alvisi (Vice President Fit) Donato Calabresi (Member of the National Fit Council), Francesco Mantegazza (Fit Puglia), Vincenzo Ormas (Tournament Director), Nicoletta Virgintino (Ct Bari President) and Giorgio Catalano (Ct Bari Sports Director).
Obviously, the emotion of CT President, Virginia: “It’s time to organize a great tournament after two years of the pandemic. At first the idea was the men’s tournament, but in the end the women’s part prevailed. It will be the tournament that will be attended by some of the strongest players in the world.”
Commissioner Petrozzelli is also excited: “It is an event that highlights the city and the region and is the beginning of a multi-year journey, and also the result of cooperation between the various institutions.” Fit Vice President, Alvisi emphasized that in the past “political power was counted to organize similar events, today the organizational capacity and the value of the structures are valued. This investment includes Italian tennis, at a time when under the eyes of the entire context at a high level, we are growing both nationally and internationally. And this can only make us happy, because at the same time the technical level and the quality of the players and players are growing. ”
It will be a tournament that will also have an environmental impact and is dedicated to sustainability: “All athletes will be equipped with a bottle provided by AQP – explained Francesco Crudel, Pugliese Aqueduct Council Member – and it will be a plastic-free event, where everyone can get supplies from the cast iron fountains that provide our water public, whose quality is also certified by rigorous analyzes conducted in the United States.”
Vincenzo Ormas, coach of the tournament, wanted to remember that “tennis players from China, France, Brazil, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands, and athletes from all over the world, who will also return with their diplomas” will participate.
The qualifiers will begin on Sunday 5th September at 11am at the 1,000-seat Central Stadium. The four winners will be entered into the main drawing. The doubles and singles finals are scheduled to take place on Sunday 11 September at 4 pm and 6 pm, the matches will be broadcast live and we are also trying to arrange television coverage of the final. Matches will be free until the quarter-finals, while matches on Saturday and Sunday will cost 10 euros.