BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy, the biggest ATP tournament in South East Europe, is on sale. Ion Tiriac made the announcement on Wednesday in Bucharest. Alongside Ilie Nastase, he explained that all efforts he made in the last 20 years or more in order to revive and promote sports in Romania are to no avail if authorities are doing nothing in order to create infrastructure for competitions.
“I did everything possible in order for this tournament to continue. In the past I bought the licence from another Romanian, I paid all outstanding debts and I believe we ended up having a decent tournament in Bucharest. But that’s it, the tournament is on sale! I cannot make a mockery of my name, my position and our past, I’m including Mr. Nastse here too,” Tiriac said.
He took the decision after the central court at the BNR Arenas did not receive a permit from the Emergency Situations Inspectorate (ISU).
“I’ve tried for 27 years to activate the youth, children, but unfortunately we are in the same situation we were in back in 2000. I tried everything… I failed,” Ion Tiriac, the legend of Romanian tennis, stated.
“I regret what is happening, especially since last year the arena was given our names, Nastase-Tiriac. I thank BRD for being by our side since the start,” Ilie Nastase added too.
Tiriac nevertheless announced that he will respect his promise to help Romanian hockey by opening the hockey rink he promised.
“I will build it, even though at first I made a mockery of myself there too because the plot of land needed was not found. Now it will be constructed at Otopeni and I was informed that children will be able to use it on August 1. I’ll bequeath it to Bucharesters and with this I’m done. I give up,” Ion Tiriac added.
Ivo Karlovic tops the bill at the 2016 edition
The 2016 edition of the Nastase Tiriac Trophy (the 21st) will take place on April 16-24, however not on the central court at the BNR Arenas as on previous editions but on the adjacent courts of smaller capacity.
This year’s tournament will bring big names from the professional circuit: Ivo Karlovic (34th ATP), Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (38th ATP), Marcos Baghdatis (39th ATP), Guido Pella (40th ATP), Lukas Rosol (50th ATP) and Fernando Verdasco (65th ATP).
The BRD Nastase-Tiriac Tournament will mark another notable event: Romania’s Horia Tecau and Florin Mergea, two of the best players of the world in doubles events, will team-up, for the first time in the ATP circuit, at the Bucharest tournament. The Tecau-Mergea team will represent Romania at the Rio Olympic Games too.
Tickets for the 2016 edition will be put up for sale starting next week.