The 3rd edition of the Terega Open Pau-Pyrénées goes upmarket with players who have appeared in the Top 10 at ATP and promising young people.
Initially scheduled for February 2021, but postponed to November (from 15 to 21) because of the Covid, the Pau Open has not lost on the exchange. Placed one and a half months before the Australian Open, it allowed Jérémy Chardy and Audrey Roustan, co-directors of the tournament, to attract big names in tennis and ambitious young people, who will come to Pau to gain points and get their entry ticket to the final table of the first Grand Slam of 2022.
This is the case of Gilles Simon, current 122nd in the world and who was No. 6, the Alsatian Pierre-Hughes Herbert (104th), the Spaniard Feliciano Lopez (109th and ex No. 12) or even the young Dane. Holger Rune (121st) in whom Jérémy Chardy sees “a player who will soon be one of the best in the world”.
With Benoît Paire, 44th in the world, the tournament is seeded No. 1 which promises a spectacle. “He is capable of the best and the worst, but he told me that he wanted to finish his season well and with him, at least, we are sure that something will happen”, comments Jérémy Chardy.
Winner in 2020, Latvian Ernests Gulbis returns to defend his title. Ranked 196th, he is the last to qualify for the final table, proof that the Open is going upmarket this year.