Estonian-Latvian tennis tournament to be held in July in Tallinn

Kaia Kanepi and Anett Kontaveit.
Kaia Kanepi and Anett Kontaveit. Source: Priit Mürk/ERR

The Merko Cup, held in Tallinn at Tondi Tennis Centre on July 29-30, will see the best tennis players from Estonia and Latvia face off in both singles and doubles formats.

Riho Kallus, the tournament's director, said the complicated situation in world sports due to coronavirus has created a unique opportunity for Estonia to host a tournament which has previously not been able to be organized due to busy tournament calendars.

Kallus said: "On the one hand, we can offer an opportunity for players to compete in front of a live audience after a long break. On the other hand, this will be an exciting event for spectators and a big event in the summer sports calendar."

The short tournament will bring the best players from Estonia and Latvia together, including four of the top 100 players in ATP and WTA rankings.

Estonia will be represented by Anett Kontaveit (WTA 22nd), Kaia Kanepi (WTA 99th), Jürgen Zopp (ATP 552nd) and Vladimir Ivanov (ATP 738th). Jelena Ostapenko (WTA 41st), Anastasija Sevastova (WTA 43rd), Ernests Gulbis (ATP 162nd) and Karlis Ozolins (ATP 1133rd) will represent Latvia at the Merko Cup.

Estonia's highest ranked tennis player Anett Kontaveit said it is a privilege to be able to compete in Estonia.

The 24-year-old Kontaveit said: "I think it's a privilege to be able to play at home and in front of our home audience and after such a long break. I think this is mega."

Jürgen Zopp, Estonia's best male player, agreed: "It's great that an opportunity to compete is brought to us. Travel is still difficult. If not for this tournament, the first one might have been when the season is restarted. And the fact that we don't have to play against each other, but against top competition. This is super."


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Editor: Kristjan Kallaste

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