Ruben Bemelmans tests positive for corona and fits for ATP-Antwerp |...

Ruben Bemelmans tests positive for corona and fits for ATP-Antwerp |...
Ruben Bemelmans tests positive for corona and fits for ATP-Antwerp |...

“Two days ago, Ruben underwent a COVID-19 test, which eventually turned out to be positive. So Ruben cannot participate in our event,” said tournament director Dick Norman.

Bemelmans (ATP-219) had received a wildcard for the main draw of the European Open.

Norman: “Despite Ruben’s cancellation, we are very happy that the tournament can continue. We have worked very hard to make the tournament corona proof, in collaboration with the various authorities.”

“We are going to release 2 seats between each bubble, so that the people are more than 1.5 meters apart. We also adjust our hours: we start at noon instead of 2 pm, so that the people are be able to leave on time and curfew is no bummer. “

“7 Belgians will participate in the tournament, with David Goffin in the lead, including the doubles tournament. In addition to Goffin, Kimmer Coppejans, Zizou Bergs and Gillé-Vliegen, Michael Geerts and Yannick Mertens will participate in the doubles.”

In the evening there was a lottery draw. David Goffin (ATP-14), free in the 1st round, takes it in 2nd round on the Italian wildcard player Luca Nardi (ATP-917) or a qualifier. When the first seed has recovered from corona, he will play on Thursday.

Kimmer Coppejans (ATP 171) faces Frenchman Ugo Humbert (ATP 38) in the 1st round. Zizou Bergs (ATP 528), who, like Coppejans, received a wildcard, meets the Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ATP 45). Bergs received the wild card from Ruben Bemelmans (ATP 219).

Frenchman Richard Gasquet (ATP 53), who won the first edition of the tournament in Antwerp in 2016, will meet Australian talent Alex de Minaur (ATP 29) in the opening round.

In the qualifications Michael Geerts (ATP 391) will compete against the Italian Salvatore Caruso (ATP 77). Sander Gillé and Joran Vliegen face the Serbian Nikola Cacic and the Brazilian Marcelo Demoliner in the 1st round of the doubles. Michael Geerts and Yannick Mertens play against the American-Italian duo Zane Khan / Luca Nardi.

The qualifications start on Sunday, the games of the main table on Monday. Every day 1,500 spectators are allowed to come to the European Open, provided that the corona measures are respected.

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