Rotterdam is the sports city of the Netherlands, which is also apparent from the fact that the largest tennis tournament in the Netherlands is held every year in Ahoy. The sports temple played host to the global tennis top. The three giants who break all records in tennis, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. They were all in Ahoy. Federer even won three times.
The Runtv365 region saw them coming, as youngsters. Djokovic, as a young but ambitious boy with his parents in front of the camera. Rafael Nadal who recognizes our Don Leo as the success coach of Real Madrid. Or Roger Federer, way before he was considered the greatest tennis player in history. He even took the time to go fishing in the Maas with a camera crew from Runtv365.
That was no longer option years later, when the Swiss was in the upper regions of the world ranking (and even recaptured that first place in Ahoy). But despite all the successes, Nadal and Federer remained sympathetic and approachable. Just like all those other toppers who came to Rotterdam and won.
The list of winners over the last 25 years speaks volumes and fills the region with pride: Lleyton Hewitt, Juan Martin Del Potro, Andy Murray, Stanislas Wawrinka, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gaël Monfils. One look at the boarding in Ahoy every year, and the history speaks to you. Many of the men and other world stars have also sat down at our annual talk show from Ahoy. Becker, Cash, Clijsters, Murray, Nadal, Tsitsipas…. they were all guests in our Tennis Plaza broadcasts.
Runtv365 and the Tour de France
One more highlight from our rich archive of the last 25 years. July 3, 2010. The Tour start in Rotterdam was a magical day on which we made a beautiful live broadcast on TV.
In the run-up to and in the weekend of the Tour start, there was daily Tour news on radio and TV. And both during the prologue and at the start of the first leg towards Brussels, Runtv365 had a live TV 해외스포츠중계. Ruud van Os presented a special live broadcast from a balcony at the foot of the Erasmus Bridge. Under our crew, the peloton rode through our city.
The best cyclists in the world quietly set off from the Westerkade, flanked by ACDC’s Highway to Hell. The crowd clapped their hands together, but cheered the loudest when 100 meters behind the peloton; the then greatest cyclist took his own moment: Lance Armstrong. It was an unforgettable moment.
And then we forget countless special broadcasts, for example around the promotions of Sparta, Excelsior and FC Dordrecht. The long interviews with sports icons such as Willem van Hanegem, Robert Eenhoorn and Robin van Persie. Attention to the national titles of, among others, Sliedrecht Sport, Neptune’s and PKC. We also paid attention to amateur sports, for example with the memorable story of fourth-division player Hekelingen who appointed a somewhat dubious technical director.
Runtv365 was there, Runtv365 will stay there. The firm guys and tough guys from the sports editors continue to follow the sport. Hand in hand. Whatever may happen?