Open de France Underway

Eight teams competing
This year marks the 20th anniversary of The French Open at Polo Club du Domaine de Chantilly and sees eight teams competing, with some of the top polo players taking part in the 14-16 goal tournament. The competition began on Friday 4 September and continues until the Finals on Sunday 20 September. So far Marquard Media have enjoyed two wins (13-8 vs Marques de Riscal & 12-9 vs Majoa Paris), while Les Lions Panarea, Marques de Riscal and Amanara have also enjoyed a win each so far over the weekend. The action continues tomorrow, Tuesday 8 September, with Amanara vs Sainte Mesme and les Lions Panarea vs Talandracas.  

2020 French Open Stats at a Glance:• 700 horses being played• Nine nations represented – England, Argentina, USA, Spain, Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, France and Uruguay• 11 Argentine players –  Barto Castagnola, Guillermo Terrera, Fran Elizalde, Santiago Chavanne, Martin Aguerre Jr, Juan-Gris Zavaleta, Tito Guiñazu, Clemente Zavaleta, Alejandro Muzzio & Santiago Cernadas• Two top Frenchmen – Pierre-Henri Ngoumou (four-time winners of The French Open) & Robert Strom (double winner of The French Open) 

2020 French Open Teams:

Sainte Mesme (16): Robert Strom (5), Birger Strom (0), Clemente Zavaleta (7) & Santiago Araya (4) 

Marques De Riscal (16): Luis Aznar (1), Santiago Cernadas (7), Alejandro Muzzio (8) & Alejandro Aznar (0) 

Marquard Media (16): Ignacio Kennedy (4), Jota Chavanne (5), Martin Aguerre (7) & Thomas Rinderknecht (0) 

Majoa Paris (16): Sam Sztarkman (1), Pierre-Henri N’goumou (6), Guillermo Terrera (8) & Alex Sztarkman (1) 

Les Lions Panarea (17): Aristide Faggionato (1), Dillon Bacon (2), Barto Castagnola (8) & Tommy Beresford (6)

 Le Pommeraye (16): Caroline Anier (1), Tito Ruiz Guiñazú (7), Juan Gris Zavaleta (7) & Derek Smith (1) 

Amanara (16): Nicky Sen (0), Segundo Condesse Stanga (3), Santiago Chavanne (7) & Santiago Laborde (6)

Talandracas (16): Edouard Carmignac (0), Camilo ‘Jeta’ Castagnola (7), Fran Elizalde (8) & Nick Rogerson (1) 

Photograph: Les Lions Panarea defeated La Pommeraye 13-6 in their first match of the tournament yesterday, Sunday 6 September.  

By Justine Jacquemot

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