Aruba, November 21, 2023 – The Aruba Open Beach Tennis Championships 2023 concluded on Championship Sunday, November 19, leaving a lasting mark with exhilarating high-level matches, unexpected upsets, and remarkable performances that captivated spectators and players alike.
From the Aruba Open’s kick-off on November 12, Bushiri Beach welcomed a full house of spectators every night of the 8-day event.
The sporting event features various beach tennis tournaments with different categories catering to participants of diverse skill levels. It has consistently been an inclusive event, welcoming players at the beginner, intermediate, advanced, or professional levels to participate.
Beach tennis enthusiasts witnessed intense battles in the ITF BT400 draw, leading up to the climactic finals that unfolded on November 19.
A highlight of the event was the unexpected twists in the competition, as several top-ranked teams faced early exits, setting the stage for new contenders to rise. The number 1 men’s doubles team in the world from France and Italy lost in quarterfinals. The number 1 ranked female player was defeated in semis.
Aruba’s own Aksel Samardzic showcased his prowess in a hard-fought semifinals singles match against Brazil’s top player, Andre Baran (4th world ranking), culminating in a gripping 10-8 super tiebreak victory for the Brazilian. Samardzic, currently ranked 19th globally, demonstrated resilience and skill throughout the tournament.
Samardzic continued to shine in the pro mixed doubles, partnering with Venezuela’s Patricia Diaz. The dynamic duo advanced to the finals but ultimately secured the runner-up position in a closely contested match.
The winners of the Aruba Open Beach Tennis Championships 2023 ITF BT400 were celebrated at the prize ceremony, showcasing the following results:
Pro Men Doubles:
∙ Winners: Michele Cappelletti (Italy) and Andre Baran (Brazil)
∙ Runners Up: Daniel Schmitt (Brazil) and Fabricio Neis (Brazil)
Pro Women Doubles:
∙ Winners: Nicole Nobile and Flaminia Daina (Italy)
∙ Runners Up: Veronica Casadei and Greta Giusti (Italy)
Pro Mixed Doubles:
∙ Winners: Sophia Chow (Brazil) and Mattia Spoto (Italy)
∙ Runners Up: Patricia Diaz (Venezuela) and Aksel Samardzic (Aruba)
Pro Men Singles:
∙ Winner: Andre Baran (Brazil)
∙ Runner Up: Michele Cappelletti (Italy)
Pro Women Singles:
∙ Winner: Sofia Cimatti (Italy)
∙ Runner Up: Giulia Gasparri (Italy)
Tournament Most Valuable Players (MVP)
∙ Men: Andre Baran (Brazil)
∙ Women: Flaminia Daina (Italy)
∙ Winner: Brazil
∙ Runner Up: Italy
Trophies and prizes were handed out by Aruba Tourism Authority’s, Patrick Melchiors, and Minister of Sport and Education, Endy Croes. ATA is Aruba Open’s longtime title partner.
∙ Championship Prize Ceremony: https://434media.pixieset.com/btaday08winners/ ∙ All Photos: http://bit.ly/3FZKeQj
The Aruba Open Beach Tennis Championships 2023 surpassed all expectations, reinforcing the iconic event held on Aruba as a must-see for locals and tourists alike.
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