If Caroline Garcia has been in Madrid this week to compete in the tournament Spanish, his heart is more than ever in Lyon. On Monday, a press release announced that the capital of the rhône-alpes will host the 2020 tournament WTA. A new stage of the circuit that will result thanks to the initiative of the number one French. The future women’s tournament will take place in the first quarter of the next season, and will be held at the Palais des Sports de Gerland.
At the heart of the project of a tournament WTA, the player of the rhône-alpes Caroline Garcia. The n°1 French appears as the cornerstone of the competition, both as ambassador and as future headliners. “I am an ambassador everyday through the world of the city and the Metropolis of Lyon and I am looking forward to promote my passion on my home territory, said the current no. 22 in the world. This project I held close to heart for several years. “If” Lyon is a land of women’s sport “, as stated by the mayor of the city of Gérard Colomb, the capital of the rhône-alpes was so far absent from the card WTA. Caroline Garcia, a fervent fan of sports, then had to just endure the two major local institutions on the women’s side : ASVEL-Lyon in basketball, and the glorious women’s team of Olympique Lyonnais.
Bernard Giudicelli : “Lyon becomes a stronghold of French tennis “
If the circuit is feminine will thus make its appearance next year in ” The capital of the Gauls “, the men have already (re)placed their suitcases for the past two years. Because in 2009 disappeared the ATP 250 lyonnais, leaving the city in the margins of the circuits professionals. But from 2017, the ATP tour has found the lost city of the rhône-alpes, he will rally again this year from 18 to 25 may next. And big names do not refuse to participate in it, as evidenced by the list recent : Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Dominic Thiem. Thanks to the new women’s tournament, Lyon is therefore a major step on the panorama of French.
A press conference is scheduled after Roland-Garros
An investment that was held to congratulate the president of the French Federation of tennis Bernard Giudicelli : “With the creation of this new competition, the city of Lyon becomes a stronghold of French tennis, as it hosts also two years since the event ATP 250 Open Park Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes. “More information will be given by Caroline Garcia and his team, via a press conference in Lyon, in the week following Roland Garros. In the meantime, the Lyon will be on the courts of the Caja Magica on Tuesday for the second round of the Madrid tournament, where she will meet with the Romanian Sorana Cirstea.