First staged in 2009 in Brasilia, then in 2010 and 2011 in Rio de Janeiro; now, for the Brazilian Para Open 2022, which begins the three-day tournament on Friday, October 7, there is a new venue, a brand new venue.
Factor 20 tournament for world ranking purposes, the Brazilian Paralympic Training Center, opened in 2016, located in the southern zone of São Paulo, is the venue.
Overall, for the purposes of training, competition and exchange with athletes from other nations, a total of 15 Paralympic sports are based on the premises.
In addition to table tennis, the sports represented are: athletics, basketball, fencing, rugby, wheelchair tennis, petanque, swimming, blind football, football, goal ball, weightlifting, judo, triathlon and sitting volleyball.
In addition, there are accommodations for 300 people as well as a cafeteria, laundry, administrative area and auditoriums.
Now over a decade since the tournament was last held; four successful players 11 years ago return.
The Brazilian Aloisio Lima Junior, winner of the class 1 men’s singles in Rio de Janeiro is on the entry list, as is the Argentinian Gabriel Copola, winner of the class 3 men’s singles.
Similarly, in the women’s individual events, Joyce Oliveira, the winner of the 4-5 class competes as does Bruna Alexandre, the winner of the 9-10 class.
Particularly in the years that followed, Bruna Alexandre was a bronze medalist at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, silver medalist more recently last year in Tokyo.
Also, successful in Tokyo and Brazil, bronze medalist in women’s singles class 2, Catia Oliveira competes.
A host of notable South American names on duty, too, there’s a more than worthy challenge from France, Esteban Herrault and Lucie Hautière making the trip.
Moreover, both are in-form players; at the recently concluded Para ITTF Greece Open, Esteban Herrault was bronze medalist in men’s singles class 6, Lucie Hautière won class 8 in women’s singles.
A total of 70 men and 29 women are competing in São Paulo.