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17.10.2020, 18:54 #News #Best

On Saturday, October 17, the traditional award ceremony of the best journalists and photographers of the 25th International tennis tournament ATP St. Petersburg Open was held in the press center of the tournament. It was attended by Vera Podguzova, the PR-director of the tournament, Alexander Bondarev, the chief photographer of the tournament, and Ilya Alekseev the CPS Russia director and Maria Boroukhina, the press attaché of the tournament.

On behalf of the organizing committee Vera Podguzova thanked all the media representatives for their interest: “The press-center and photo service of the tournaments were working at SIBUR ARENA in the down-sized version due to COVID-19. The pandemic dictated to us its rules. And we were following all the recommendations of the Russian Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor) and the ATP inspection and made all we could in this situation to make this tournament happen and be organized at the highest level. I should mention that this year most of the journalists were working online. But this format didn’t impact the attention for the tournament from the media side” – she said.

Vera Podguzova noted that since it is the jubilee men’s tournament the new award was named after Vyacheslav Shorikov who was once named “The best journalist of the tournament”. Unfortunately, our colleague, professional journalist, tennis coach and photographer Vyacheslav Shorikov passed away. The organizers decided to pay tribute to him by establishing an award for the best journalist named after him. This year Sergey Podushkin from “St. Petersburg Vedomosti” was named “Best Journalist”. Vladimir Yurinov, editor-in-chief of the newspaper “Strela” and editor-in-chief of the “Sports Industry” was awarded a special prize for his article about the tournament.

The contest for the professional photographers is also loved by media. Alexander Bondarev, chief photographer of the tournament, thanked everyone for participating and for professional attitude: “The quality of the photos which were presented to the contest jury improved”. The official partner of the tournament Canon company presented a certificate worth R80 000 as a prize to Mikhail Kireev, the photo correspondent of the Espilon agency. Ilya Alexeev handed this prize to the best photographer of the tournament.

It is always pleasant to start and to finish the event on a positive note.

We thanked you for your dedication to your job and for the interest for our events.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the women’s tournament WTA St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy.

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