who we are
Vanguard Stars has been organizing a tennis circuit since 2018, very innovative and differentiated. The circuit is intended for sub10 and sub11 (F/M). The Vanguard Stars Circuit appears one afternoon in Lisbon in a conversation between the General Director of Vanguard Stars, Tatyana Bezukladnikova, and the CEO of Vanguard Properties, José Cardoso Botelho, while they were watching their children train at CIF, in Lisbon. The theme focused, essentially, on the possibility of developing a project that aimed to help and encourage the practice of sports in young athletes, in a sport for which both are passionate. In this way, Vanguard Stars was born, a program that aims to encourage the practice of sports, especially among young people, through various national and international competitions, with high organizational quality thinking about athletes and their families. From the first day, the circuit was supported by the Portuguese Tennis Federation, a partner that remains to this date. Likewise, Wilson, a historic sports brand, is a partner of the circuit.
Sponsored by Vanguard Properties, Vanguard Stars started in May 2018, with a first tournament at CIF. The Vanguard Challenger 2018 consisted of three stages in Lisbon, Porto and Vilamoura and a Masters in Lisbon. The Masters is the final result of the stages carried out, where only the 10 best of each level and gender qualify. The first edition was an immense success, which definitely contributed to the decision to keep the circuit.
The 2019 event raised the bar by promoting stages in Portugal (Lisbon, Porto and Vilamoura), Spain (Madrid) and France (Paris), with the support of the respective national Federations. The huge adhesion of the athletes, and the unanimous positive reactions, led the organization to add two new stages: Lyon and Seville to the 2020 race, the first ending up not taking place due to the pandemic. Despite the exceptional context in which it took place, Vanguard Stars 2020 still had 585 entries, which demonstrates the success of this unique event.
The 2021 Circuit managed to achieve success, through a lot of effort and organization of all, in general with more than 150 athletes per tournament. Despite the global pandemic situation, the Circuit was marked by 5 fantastic stages, in Portugal and Spain (Lisbon, Porto, Madrid, Vilamoura and Seville), and culminated in the 2021 Masters. known. Throughout the entire sporting year at Vanguard Stars, the COVID-19 Protocol was always respected, which showed the greatness of all those involved (athletes, families and clubs). At the 2021 Masters, we had the presence of the mythical coach Toni Nadal, who gave us a lecture, presence at the gala and on the 1st day of the tournament, a clinic with all the players.
In 2022 we enter our 5th edition, with six stages (Madrid, Lisbon, Lyon, Porto, Vilamoura and Seville), ending the Circuit at the end of the year with the Masters 2022. All this is only possible with the contribution and availability of the athletes, family members, clubs and federations as well as Wilson.