The Campus Open Qualifying without Portuguese winners

After several delays due to rain, the main scenes start this Thursday

The Portuguese Gonçalo Falcão was eliminated, this Wednesday, March 8, in the last round of qualifying for The Campus Open, which thus left without Portuguese representatives.

One day after having entered the competition with the right foot, Gonçalo Falcão (current world champion of veterans +30 years in singles, men's doubles and mixed doubles) won again early in the morning: with the partials of 6-2, 1-6 and 10-1 against the Brazilian Pedro André de Almeida Santos, the 35-year-old Portuguese secured a place in the round of access to the main frame.

But the double journey put an end to his aspirations, since in the final part of the day he conceded by 6-1 and 6-3 to the German Leopold Zima (890th), 13 years younger.

Gonçalo Falcão was the only Portuguese tennis player to reach the third round of the qualifying, but not the only “home” tennis player to win this Wednesday: in the morning, Luís Miguel Saraiva overcame the Spaniard Carlos Moreno Garcia Mondelo by 5-7, 7-6(3) and 10-4 in a delayed match of the first round before fall in the second, in the afternoon, by 6-0 and 6-4 to Niels Visker (1295th ATP), from the Netherlands.

Still in the first round, Duarte Correia suffered a comeback and lost by partials of 4-6, 6-3 and 10-8 to the North American Constantinos Papavasiliou.

In the duels of the second round, André Stewart (6-4 and 6-2 for Maurus Malgiaritta) and Duarte Trocado (6-2 and 6-2 in favor of Michael Zhu), tennis players from The Campus, and also Manuel Guise Pinheiro (6-3 and 6-1 to Diego Fernandez Flores), Afonso Portugal (lost 6-3 and 7-5 to Mikel Martóinez) and Francisco Vilaça (lost 6-0 and 6-4 to Niels Visker).

At the end of the day, the lack of light prevented three of the eight matches in the final round of the qualifying, so it will be with these that Thursday's journey will begin, at 10:00 am.

The 16 meetings related to the first round of the main singles table were also scheduled, two of them between Portuguese players (Gonçalo Oliveira against Henrique Rocha and Fábio Coelho against Tiago Pereira) and with a total of seven Portuguese representatives in action (Duarte Vale, Jaime Faria and Pedro Araújo complete the Portuguese group.