Rafa, Rio and the Rainy Open


After the fun of #happyslam and before the sun of Indian Wells, a few players tried their hands (or should that be feet?) at some red dirt, in Buenos Aires and Rio. Liv, a #Happy Slammer from Brazil was lucky enough to attend the Rio Open, and lucky for us she took the time to tell us all about her experiences. So keep on reading to hear all about the Rio Open (or should we say “Rainy” Open?).

People who love tennis (especially those who love Rafa) become closer, even when they are over the other side of the world. We swap information, pictures, news, and share our passion. For that reason, I was invited by Trudi and Jeanni to talk about my experience at the Rio Open, in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), the only combined ATP World Tour 500 and WTA International event in South America.

I’m Brazilian; our country is known for the passion of soccer (please, do not remember 7X1 against Germany! We don’t need to be reminded of it! :/). Tennis for us was not a traditional sport until Gustavo Kuerten, the three time winner of Roland Garros. Guga became an idol not only in tennis but as an example as a sportsman. He helped form a new generation of tennis lovers – and players –  in Brazil.

Besides his fame on the French courts, Guga is a pleasant guy and we are very proud of his history. Because of this, he was honoured and the central court at Rio Open was named after him.

2016 was the third Rio Open edition, and this year we received some of the biggest names in sport: Rafa Nadal and David Ferrer (for third time), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and John Isner.  The Brazilians were represented by Marcelo Melo, Bruno Soares, Thomaz Bellucci, Teliana Pereira and the sensation player Thiago Monterio, who defeated Tsonga in first round, conquering the public.

rio-2016-cristo-sobre-arquibancada-rio-open-tenisUnfortunately, the protagonist this year was not a player but instead was the rain! It rained a lot in Rio. A Brazilian song says carioca (people who were born in Rio called it “carioca”) doesn’t like cloudy days. And it’s true!

With the hot weather in our summer (more than 40° Celsius), we did not expect so much water. It changed the tournament: cancelled matches, interruptions and heavy clay, which irritated players and public.

Although, on the upside it was special moment for our city which will host the Olympics games (on in August) and we were close to huge players. And for me… it was Rafa time! Do I need to say anything else? I think if you are reading this text, we share same passion and there is no need for my explanation. 🙂

I expected Rafa to win the tournament for the second time. However, sadly it was not this time, as he lost for the future winner, Pablo Cuevas, in semis. But for me… wow! It was a very special moment and Rafa in Rio will stay with me forever. We have to support him and remember him who he is…  and the champion he is. #vamosrafa

Snapshots: @liviadinizg Instagram

The good news? In August, will have Rafa again, and Federer, Djoko, Andy and Kei… we’re looking forward many more great names in our city. Maybe with so many players, a new inspirational tennis wave will conquer our country. 🙂

If you are coming to Rio for the Olympics…. welcome! And don’t forget if you need tips, I am always #happy to help you!

Stay #Happy!

Fan experience from the fantabulous Liv @lividinizg – want to tell us your story? simply send click here http://www.happyslamtennis.me/contribute




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  1. Larissa Siqueira

    Livia, my dear friend… How nice! I think I didn`t know about your passion…
    Congrats for the article!
    PS: I`m carioca, but you know… I love the cloudy days! 🙂
    (Maybe a fake carioca? LOL)


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