Feb. 27, 2016
Confirmed: Abierto Mexicano de Tenis will be held in Acapulco next year too said Hector Astudillo Flores, governor of the state of Guerrero, during press conference at Mextenis stadium along with Raul Zurutuza, tournament director. The agreement between the State Government and Grupo Pegaso has ensured the presence of the most important tennis tournament in Latin America at least until 2017.
“We have a contract until 2017. We were able to come to really good terms with the new owners of Princess Hotel thanks to State Government’s intervention. We have cleared some doubts […] personally I don’t see this tournament anywhere but here in Acapulco. We’re working together to reach a good agreement”, said Raul Zurutuza.
“The State of Guerrero salutes and recognizes Alejandro Burillo’s and Grupo Pegaso’s disposition to be in Acapulco. As a Governor, I’m very grateful, this is a vote of confidence during these difficult times we are facing and coming out of. We are committed to keep moving forward during the next few years [security-wise] and State Governor Hector Astudillo is fully committed too and will receive this tournament, that has being celebrated yearly in Acapulco, with open doors”, said state governor.
After balancing out this 23rd edition AMT results Zurutuza shared to be pleased with the results. “From the sport’s point of view we are very pleased. It has been a very good week. Once again this confirms we are living a [players] generational transition. The clearest example: Victor Estrella’s and Taylor Fritz’ match; one aged 34 and the other 18 respectively where Estrella lost by two sets. The contest is on a good track, we are happy with what we are seeing on the courts”.
He informed this 2016 the average entrance tickets sold were over 50 thousand, “We broke attendance record on Monday and Tuesday, that is very important milestone because those are the toughest days. We have a major commitment with Acapulco’s inhabitants so we granted a 20% discount to local citizens of Acapulco. We had over 50 live-feed hours via ESPN, that makes us one of the most covered events. Social media counts were: over 109,000 Facebook likes, Instagram overall visits increased by 40%, our official website had more than 19 million hits; 29% of these hits were from Japan followed by Mexico with 24% and the rest of the hits from 78 different countries. Pegaso TV produced over 24 videos and 48 hours worth of footage”.
On Javier Braun’s behalf, CEO of Grupo Pegaso, said this year’s tournament was a hit. “Economically speaking this has been our best event held in Acapulco. Tennis-wise, to have a final event between two young players ranked ATP 15 and 21 ATP means young generations are coming strong and we will bet on them, just like we did with Rafa Nadal years ago. To sum up, we are enormously satisfied with this tournament, with the people, sponsors and players”.
During the annual conference to mark the closure of the event Ernesto Rodriguez Escalona, Secretary of Tourism of the state of Guerrero and Miguel Angel Couchonal, Legal Director of Grupo Pegaso were present.