2011 Optima Open recap – part 1

I’ve had the chance to win 2 entry tickets for the Optima Open, the belgian stop of the ATP Champions Tour, so I spent a nice day last Friday in Knokke-Heist, Belgium.

Situated in the heart of the country’s Flemish-speaking Flanders region, Knokke-Heist is considered to be one of Belgium’s most exclusive and affluent seaside resorts.

Knokke-Heist

Knokke-Heist

Knokke-Heist

Knokke

A Fiat 500 to promote Bjorn Borg’s underwear brand :

Optima Open

Optima Open

Optima Open

Some Porsche in front of the club…

Porsche

and in the Optima Open village (Porsche is one of the tournament’s sponsors)

Porsche

Optima Open

Unfortunately, John McEnroe had to withdraw due to an injury, and he was replaced by 98 French Open champion Carlos Moya.
The line-up was nonetheless exceptional with Grand Slam champions Bjorn Borg, Mats Wilander, Richard Krajicek, Carlos Moya and 1991 Davis Cup winners Henri Leconte and Guy Forget.

Henri Leconte

Henri Leconte

Guy Forget

A hard Greenset surface has been specially installed on the Royal Zoute Tennis Club’s Centre Court for the duration of the tournament. It is usually a clay court.

Optima Open

Optima Open

Optima Open

Bjorn Borg vs Richard Krajicek

First match of the day, the legend Bjorn Borg against 1996 Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek.

Optima Open

A warm welcome for the 11-times Grand Slam champion, Bjorn Borg:

Bjorn Borg and Richard Krajicek

Bjorn Borg

Bjorn Borg

Bjorn Borg

Bjorn Borg

Bjorn Borg

Bjorn Borg

Bjorn Borg

Bjorn Borg and Richard Krajicek

Not much to say about the match, Krajicek dominates with his powerful serve and forehand. He’s 15 years younger than Borg and it shows.

Bjorn Borg

Bjorn Borg

Bjorn Borg

Bjorn Borg

Richard Krajicek

Richard Krajicek

Nice to see some serve and volley play:

Richard Krajicek

Richard Krajicek

Richard Krajicek

I guess these days the only ways to see some serve and volley are to watch some old tennis matches on DVD, or attend senior tournaments.
And speaking of serve and volley, dear tournament director, could you please invite Stefan Edberg next year? Please…

Richard Krajicek

Richard Krajicek

Richard Krajicek

Richard Krajicek

Richard Krajicek

Richard Krajicek

Richard Krajicek

Richard Krajicek

Richard Krajicek

Richard Krajicek

Richard Krajicek

Bjorn Borg

Soon, part 2 of the report with pics and videos of MoyaLeconte and WilanderKrajicek.

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