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Mexico City Delights Tennis Fans, Players | ATP World Tour

Mexico City is a metropolis wealthy in sporting tradition. And now, the town’s tennis historical past has witnessed one other chapter written with the arrival of the CDMX Open, a $100,00zero ATP Challenger Tour occasion. If you ask the gamers and followers, the inaugural version was a fiesta of success.

Organised by the identical group that runs the favored ATP World Tour 500 occasion in Acapulco and sharing the identical event director, Raul Zurutuza, the event obtained rave critiques from all these competing and people taking within the motion on the Centro Deportivo Chapultepec. The singles championship noticed qualifier Juan Ignacio Londero declare the trophy, defeating Roberto Quiroz, 6-1, 6-Three within the last. The title was Londero’s first-ever ATP Challenger Tour crown, and he, fittingly, was the occasion’s first-ever champion. 

Quiroz, who was additionally vying for his first title on the Challenger degree, had nothing however positives to say concerning the event, which was the primary of 4 consecutive tournaments to be performed in Mexico this April.

“The venue here in Mexico City is great and the organisation of the tournament is amazing. It feels like an ATP World Tour event,” mentioned Ecuador’s Quiroz. “We can inform as a result of the event director additionally runs Acapulco and he does a terrific job. For us gamers, it is all been nice, from the courts and the stringers, it is all very skilled.”

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Founded in 1939, the Centro Deportivo Chapultepec is the oldest tennis facility within the nation, with its stadium courtroom named after the late Rafael Osuna. Referred to because the ‘Cathedral of Mexican Tennis’, it holds greater than 1,700 spectators. Osuna is probably the most achieved Mexican participant in historical past, having gained the US Championships in 1963 and three Grand Slam doubles titles. His life was tragically minimize brief in a aircraft crash on the age of 30, however his legacy carries on in his house capital.

“The centre court here is amazing,” Quiroz added. “It’s a terrific stadium and it is named after Rafael Osuna, who was a terrific participant right here in Mexico. It’s good to have such passionate followers right here as properly.”

Doubles champion Kevin Krawietz, who teamed with Yannick Hanfmann for the title, additionally mirrored fondly on his time on the event.

“The crowd is unbelievable here,” he mentioned. “You don’t often see this many fans at a doubles final. The stadium was pretty full. For us, it makes it even more special to play in front of a big crowd. We love to play in front of a lot of people.”

Mexico already has a big footprint on the ATP Challenger Tour, with the second-longest operating event in San Luis Potosi celebrating its 32nd version in March. And the occasion in Monterrey gained Tournament of the Year in 2015.

Next up within the ATP Challenger Tour’s Mexican swing is the Jalisco Open in Guadalajara, with the social gathering persevering with in Leon and Puerto Vallarta.

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