Rinderknech Secures Poznan Open Title

Arthur Rinderknech (photo: Pawel Rychter)


Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech is the champion of the 27th edition of the Poznan Open hosted by the Park Tenisowy Olimpia in Poznan, Poland. The top seed of the €67,960 ATP Challenger Tour clay-court tournament defeated fifth favourite Tomas Barrios Vera of Chile 6-3, 7-6(2) in the singles final.

Rinderknech battled his way to the title match with wins over Italian Lorenzo Giustino, Ukrainian qualifier Georgii Kravchenko, Brazilian qualifier Daniel Dutra da Silva and Dimitar Kuzmanov of Bulgaria.

On a sunny Whitsunday and in front of packed stands, the World No. 68 broke Barrios Vera’s serve five times and fired seven aces to secure victory in two hours and 24 minutes.

“For the first time during this week’s tournament it was very hot, so it was quite a tough match,” said Rinderknech. “Additionally, the match itself was very long for two sets. So it was definitely not an easy one, but I am very happy that I managed to win. I had a lot of fun playing here. Poznan is a great place and it has been a great week for me.”

By lifting his fourth ATP Challenger trophy, his first of the season, Rinderknech pocketed €9,200 in prize money as well as 90 ATP Ranking points.

Reese/Walkow win doubles title

On Saturday, US-American Hunter Reese and Szymon Walkow of Poland claimed the doubles title. The top seeds edged past fourth-seeded Czech Marek Gengel and Adam Pavlasek 1-6, 6-3, 10-6 in one hour and 15 minutes.

Reese and Walkow won their first team title. They split €3,950 in prize money and earned 90 ATP Doubles Ranking points.