Romania, Simona Halep’s native country, will be the host of a new WTA 250 tournament, called Winners Open, that will take place this summer in Cluj-Napoca after the Olympic Games, between 2 and 8 August 2021. The tournament is organized by Sports Festival, one of the most prominent players in Romania’s sports industry, and will take place at Winners Sports Club complex on outside clay courts.
“Cluj-Napoca will host over 60 players from the WTA circuit in August. The competition will have singles and doubles events, prizes of 235,000 USD and 250 points in the WTA ranking. The tournament will have global broadcasting and visibility in over 150 countries,” the organizers announced in a press release.
Winners Open, the only European WTA tournament to take place in August
At the moment, Romania’s novel Winners Open is the only European tournament that is set to commence in August 2021, so it should be of high interest, especially for the players who want to postpone the American swing or just want to play a little more on clay.
Patrick Ciorcilă, WO’s tournament director has a similar opinion. “I am extraordinarily excited that we will have a WTA tournament in Cluj! It is a huge opportunity both for us as organizers and for Cluj-Napoca and I am glad that we are part of the great family of professional tennis.
I have worked a lot in the last year on this project. Winners Open will be the only tournament in Europe at the beginning of August and I think it will be attractive for many top players,” said the Romanian TD.
Cluj-Napoca, on the map of international tennis
Besides being one of the most well-developed cities in Romania, Cluj-Napoca is the unofficial capital of Transylvania – that is why the city is nicknamed “The Heart of Transylvania”.
You may have heard about this region before from Bram Stoker’s famous novel called Dracula. Now, with a high-stakes tennis tournament hosted at its core, tennis fans have another reason to schedule a visit to Romania.
"This competition will definitely manage to put Cluj on the international map of women's tennis and will give us the opportunity to see in the field players belonging to the world’s tennis elite,” said Emil Boc, Cluj-Napoca’s mayor.
The tournament is organized in partnership with the Romanian Tennis Federation and with the support of sports manager Cosmin Hodor.