Split Press Conference

Bol Open 2018 Entry List Announced

EUGENIE BOUCHARD, SARA ERRANI, AJLA TOMLJANOVIC AND MANY OTHER TENNIS PLAYERS TO PLAY IN BOL

The final list of players attending this year’s Bol Open was announced at a press conference held at Hotel Park in Split on Wednesday, May 23. Players originate from 18 different countries, and 14 players are in the WTA’s top 100.

Spectators will have the pleasure of watching Ajla Tomljanović, a Croatian-born tennis player who plays for Australia, Sara Errani, an Italian winner of three Grand Slams, and Bernarda Pera, a Croatia-born tennis player who plays for the U.S at this year’s Bol Open. Tournament organizers are especially excited to announce the participation of Eugenie Bouchard who is steadily improving her tennis form and rapidly claiming sponsorship deals.

“Ajla and Bernarda both come from Croatian tennis schools and are currently playing in excellent form. Ana Karolina Schmiedlova who was the top seed at the first WTA Bol Open [in 2016] is also arriving. We are thrilled to see the two best Slovenian players, Zidansek and Jakupović, as well as the best player from Montenegro, Danka Kovinić. It gives me great pleasure to announce the Ukrainian wonder kid, Marta Kostyuk, who has managed to come all the way to the third round of Australian Open Seniors at just 15-and-a-half-years-old [will play in Bol]. Such an achievement hasn’t occurred in the last 13 years in tennis. Her manager is a renowned Croatian tennis player Ivan Ljubičić and I am certain that a successful tennis career lies ahead of her. As we already mentioned, the worldwide sensation, former fifth tennis player in the world, 23-year-old Eugenie Bouchard is coming to Bol. She has an astounding 1.7 million followers on Instagram who will have the chance to experience all the beauties of Dalmatia,” emphasized Lukas.

From the women’s top 50 players, an invitation is reserved for last year’s winner, Aleksandra Krunić. She received the WTA’s Most Improved Player Award in 2017, the same season she began playing the Bol Open. The other invitation is for Croatia’s Petra Martić, whose arrival will depend on her results at Roland Garros.

There will be no qualifying matches this year, so the tournament will begin on Tuesday, June 5. The most attractive match of each day will be played at 20:30 on BlueSun’s central court. The semifinal matches will take place on Saturday, June 9 beginning at 13:00. The final match will be played on Sunday, June 10 at 18:00.

“Organizing a tennis tournament at this level is not an easy task and to persevere in doing so for three years is worthy of every commendation and support to Feliks and his team. This is a chance to promote our country on a global scale because everyone on tour is constantly talking about the tournament. Playing in front of a local audience is a huge benefit for our tennis players,” mentioned Iva Majoli, Croatia’s most successful tennis player and current Fed Cup captain.

The WTA Croatia Bol Open takes place from Tuesday, June 5 through Sunday, June 10. Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketshop.hr. All profits from ticket sales will be donated to a safe house in Dalmatia under the excellence of Caritas of the Split-Makarska Archdiocese. Their goal is to which provide housing and care for female victims of domestic violence. Tickets for the whole tournament cost 100 Kuna, single day tickets cost 30 Kuna, and finals tickets cost 60 Kuna. The semifinal will be held on Saturday at 13:00 and the final on Sunday at 18:00. Both sessions will be broadcasted on Croatia’s National Television.