What is the Romanian Open?

The Romanian Open is a men’s professional tennis event. It is played on outdoor clay courts and was first held in 1993. Up until 2016, the tournament was held annually. A brief hiatus followed, and the tournament was revived in the 2024 season.

The tournament features both singles and doubles competition. 32 men feature in the single elimination main draw whereas 16 pairs take the field in the doubles category. The number of entrants in both the events are based on their rankings (through which they are seeded), results from the qualifying draw, and wildcard entrants.

Each match is played in the best-of-three sets format. A set score of 6-6 in the deciding set of a singles match would lead to a tiebreak. The first to win seven points in the tiebreak with a difference of two points wins the set, and eventually the match. In doubles, if the match is to go to a decider, a set tiebreak is played. In order to win a match, a pair has to be the first win ten points with a difference of two points.

Since it is a part of the ATP 250 series of events, the winner of both the singles and doubles categories receive 250 ranking points. The runner-up of both these events get 165 (singles) and 150 (doubles) points respectively. The tournament has a total prize pool of €600,000.

The most successful player in the tournament’s singles event is Gilles Simon, who has won three titles at the tournament. Horia Tecau holds the distinction of winning a record four doubles titles. It is noteworthy to mention that Tecau won all four of these titles with four different partners.

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