In Croatia, a small country with many excellent tennis players like the Wimbledon winner Goran Ivanisevic
, or the US Open winner Marin Cilic,
the ATP Croatia Open in Umag is the oldest and most popular tennis tournament.
The tournament started as Yugoslavia Open in 1990
, 28 years ago, and since then it is being held every year. The matches are played on clay
in the tennis complex Stella Maris in Umag, right next to the sea. The main court, called ATP Goran Ivanisevic stadium, has the capacity to accommodate up to 3.500 people.
The tournament takes place in July,
during the tourist season, and due to the matches and the accompanying wine, gourmet and party program, it attracts more and more guests every year. The 2017 edition was, for instance, broadcasted in more than 100 countries around the world
and it was visited by approximately 100.000 people. Some of the best international tennis players have played on Umag’s clay courts
: Marin Cilic, Rafael Nadal and Novak Dokovic, as well as Juan Carlos Ferrero, Ivan Ljubicic, Nikolay Davydenko and Ivo Karlovic.
Another great tennis name that is connected to ATP Croatia Open in umag is Carlos Moya
.The Spanish tennis player has won this tournament five times
, more often than anybody else. This is why the title “KIng of Umag”
that he received is well deserved. Moya, the former number 1 tennis player in the world, was always happy to visit the tournament, saying that this was one of his favorite ones. After winning once a title at ATP Umag he said "This is Umag, I cannot lose here".
Along with the standard programme, there is also an exibition match
, featuring big tennis names like Goran Ivanisevic, Magnus Norman and Andre Agassi, who played there at some of the tournament’s past exibition matches.
All mentioned above is the best recommendation to visit ATP Umag 2018, which will take place from July 13th to 22nd.
A great opportunity to enjoy top tennis! In order to see a list of villas around Umag to have the best accommodation for the next ATP Croatia Open, click here