The new edition of the Paris Open, presented by Maserati, kicked off on Saturday June 13. The 10-goal tournament sees six teams battle it out at Paris Polo Club, in Bois de Boulogne. It is worth noting that the first edition of this tournament took place in 1894!
The format of play is arranged so that all teams get a change to play each other, with the final scheduled for June 28. In the past two editions, the French Sainte Mesme team have run out the winners; this year they take to the field to defend their title.
While rains threatened to dampen everyone’s sprits last year, polo fans still came out in numbers to watch great polo on an impeccable field. This is the most important polo tournament hosted in the French capital; three games per day are played, spanning 5 dates, before the much-anticipated final.
Marcelo Lopez Vargas, the referee, broke his wrist but he was present to assure his referee role for the 121eme Open de Paris Maserati with a mounted assistant to help him to throw the ball even if only Marcelo Lopez Vargas will referee.
On the opening day, title holders Sainte Mesme received the team 1861 to play their first match with an undisputed victory of Sainte Mesme who receive the Moulin de Longchamp Cup. The second game was for Red Falcon who win against Foxlease (8-5).
On Sunday the qualifications day ends with respective victories of Costa Rica, La Concepcion Polo and Sainte Mesme.
The Open de Paris Maserati will resume next weekend.