The breakthrough of tennis player Elise Mertens at the Australian Open in Melbourne goes around the world. In her home town of Hamont-Achel is the semi-finals Thursday morning at 4 o’clock on a large screen broadcast. To notify the city of Hamont-Achel and the Hamontse tennis club Wednesday.
The tennis club of Hamont and the city of Hamont-Achel together, to all the fans the chance to be together in the semi-final against Caroline Wozniacki to follow. Elise Mertens put her first steps on the tennis court than in the Hamontse tennis club. The match on Thursday morning to 4 hours on a big screen to be followed. “The doors will all night be kept open. If she wins, the dad of Elise after the match even went to the club”, responds Jean-Paul De Graaf, chairman of the tennis club.
The performance of Elise Mertens lives in Hamont-Achel. So was the town hall shows photos of the young tennis talent and made the local bakery even a Berlin sphere in the form of a ball to honour her. The existing fans can the special cakes during the broadcast. “It’s not really to do, everyone is talking about it. The media also shows a lot of interest. There is even international press to be here,” said communicatieambtenaar Anneleen Conjaerts. “It is difficult to estimate how many people come, but we try as much as possible to mobilize people to put together the contest to follow.”
As the young tennis player’s semi-final win, will also be the final on a large screen, are broadcast. “Then we will have a larger location to search. Regardless of whether she wins the tournament or not, we will with few buses pick you up at the airport. This is followed by a large feast, where about two thousand people inside,” says The Count. “If they have the Australian Open would win, we will certainly look at how we can celebrate. That we have also done this when she was the tournament of Hobart won”, decision Conjaerts.