The brother of the newly crowned King Charles III, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, was received by the Transylvania Open tournament director when he visited Cluj-Napoca to deliver a speech at an international forum. «The Earl of Wessex has arrived in Romania for the Duke of Edinburgh’s 14th @intaward International Forum.
The Forum, which takes place every three years, brings together international leaders to discuss and plan for the future growth of the Prize around the world,» the Royal Family tweeted.
🇷🇴 The Earl of Wessex has arrived in Romania for the Duke of Edinburgh @intaward XIV International Forum.
Held every three years, the Forum brings together international leaders to discuss and plan for the future growth of the Prize around the world.
🔗 pic.twitter.com/TRpgcMnH57 — The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) October 10, 2022
The Prince stayed at the cozy Radisson Blu hotel located near the BT Arena, where the Transylvania Open matches are played.
«It was a great honor for us to welcome His Royal Highness, the Earl of Wessex, to the Radisson Blu Cluj. His Royal Highness is in Cluj-Napoca these days for the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Awards Forum, an event that will also we are honored to host. at our hotel,» Radisson Blu wrote on Instagram.
Bouchard praised the hotel where Charles stayed
«It’s my first time in Romania, so my coach and I spent some time visiting the city and it’s so beautiful.
We’ve really enjoyed ourselves so far,» said Bouchard at the pre-tournament press conference. «We also think the tournament is really well done, well organized. We can’t believe it’s only a 250. This tournament should be a (WTA) 1000.
They take very good care of the players. The hotel is right across the street, which we love for its efficiency. I’m so excited to be here and play.» Unfortunately, former Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard was forced to withdraw from her first-round match against Ukraine’s Anhelina Kalinina at the WTA 250 Transylvania Open.
Bouchard called a medical timeout after Kalinina won the first set 6-3. Shortly after, the referee announced Bouchard’s withdrawal from the competition held in Cluj-Napoca.