Dick Norman is the tournament director of the European Open, with 612.755 equivalent to euro ATP tournament, of which the third edition from 15 to 21 October at the Lotto Arena takes place. That informed the organization Monday. The former tennis player is at the helm to stand together with his wife Ilse Van Parys. She is event director.
From 2006 to 2009, Norman, and Van Parys all along the Belgian Masters in the Topsporthal Vlaanderen in Ghent. “We will return, as it were, back to the roots”, says Norman. “Ilse and I have already supergemotiveerd to our first ATP tournament a success. For an ex-tennis player, one is chosen, it is a trend that more and more countries see. Richard Krajicek on the ATP of Rotterdam is but one example. My experience on and off the tennis court will be used here.”
Their years of experience in organizing tennis tournaments, holidays and clinics will Norman, and Van Parys. “The importance of a ATP tournament in our country is not to be underestimated for the popularity of the Belgian tennis”, says Van Parys. “More than ever we want, therefore, of the European Open a real experience, with a cool fanzone, a party and entertainment around the tournament. In addition, the coming time, we are very active to promote, among other things, to the tennis clubs in our country.”
The 47-year-old Norman in 1995 it was known to the public at large, when he surprisingly qualified for the eighth finals of Wimbledon. In the doubles he reached in 2010 the top ten in the world. In June 2013 he retired from the professional tennis. Since then he has been as a coach, commentator, and especially the organizer of tournaments, clinics and vacations active in the tennis.
Mid-may, the organisation of the first names in the field for the European Open in 2018 to disclose. The first edition was in 2016, won by Frenchman Richard Gasquet. His fellow countryman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga went last year with the victory to get. Each time was the Argentinian Diego Schwartzman losing finalist.