ATP Challenger Zavarovalnica Sava Slovenia Open under way in Portorož

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Slovenia's biggest tennis tournament got under way at the seaside town of Portorož on Saturday. While the finals will be played next Saturday, the top-seeded player, Blaž Kavčič played with President Borut Pahor yesterday.

Sponsored by the insurer Zavarovalnica Sava, the week-long ATP Challenger Zavarovalnica Sava Slovenia Open features a prize fund of EUR 42,500.

Blaž Kavčič. Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

The top-seed of ATP Challenger Zavarovalnica Sava Slovenia Open, Blaž Kavčič is at a new peak in his career, having climbed more than 300 spots on the ATP rankings to 84th. Before his first serious match at the Marina Portorož courts on Tuesday, the 30-year-old exchanged a few tennis shots with President Pahor yesterday. Pahor also took on Grega Žemlja, who ranks 290th on the ATP rankings.

Best Slovenian tennis player to date to end career in Portorož

Slovenian tennis player Grega Žemlja. Photo: Bor Slana/STA

Grega Žemlja, the only Slovenian to have ranked among the top 50 tennis players in the world to date, will end his playing career on Friday. He will say goodbye to the game with an exhibition match against Aljaž Bedene and Kaja Juvan at the ATP Challenger Slovenia Open.

Žemlja is also the first Slovenian to have won a challenger tournament (Cancun, 2008) and the first to have made it into the main part of a Grand Slam tournament (Wimbeldon, 2009).

Žemlja, who won the Slovenia Open in 2013, will play the first match in Portorož on Tuesday.

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Apart from Kavčič and Žemlja, the main tournament will also see Slovenian players Grega Boh and Sven Lah in the singles competition, and David Ambrožič/Tilen Žitnik and Grega Boh/Gregor Repina in doubles.

The qualifying rounds this weekend will see six Slovenian players.

Source: STA