Rio Open

  • ontennis
  • 31 January 2016
  • 10:01

Not only is the Rio Open presented by Claro the first clay tournament on the WTA calendar, it is the only combined ATP World Tour 500 and WTA International event in South America.

The tournament is held on the eight clay courts of the iconic Jockey Club Brasileiro, which includes a 6,200-seat stadium court, specially built for the occasion.

This is a historic time for Brazilian tennis, one example of that being Teliana Pereira becoming the first Brazilian player to crack the Top 100 in 23 years in 2013.

The first edition was headlined by world number one, Rafael Nadal and fellow Spanish player David Ferrer.