A doubles match between Croatian legend Goran Ivanišević, Austria’s former French Open winner Thomas Muster, former world number 5 from France Henri Leconte and 70’s player Mansour Bahrami will open this year’s tournament on 19 July.
“It will be tough; a few years back Thomas even returned to active tennis, while Henri and Mansour play doubles regularly. They are all excellent tennis players and I am confident it will be an interesting and exciting match. Naturally, we will all have some fun in the process,” Goran said about the upcoming match.
“I have had a special relationship with Umag ever since I was I child, when I used to come here with my parents on vacation. That is why I played at the tournament regularly, even during the war, when many players declined to play. I am greatly honored I have been named Umag’s honorary citizen by the town authorities. I cherish every win but those earned in Umag are especially dear to me,” Muster said.
Croatia’s number one Marin Čilić will be one of the favourites for the main draw of the tournament, which celebrates it 25th anniversay this year.