Mexico City, October 16 th, 2018.- The wait is over. With the likes of Rafael Nadal, Alexander Zverev and Sloane Stephens, Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC released the list of players that will feature the tournament’s 26th edition.
Confirmed as the main player of AMT 2019, Nadal, currently number 1 in the world and with 5 titles conquered this year (Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Roma, Roland Garros and Toronto), will seek his third title in Acapulco after 2005 and 2013.
For the second time in Acapulco, Alexander Zverev will have a place among the favorites in 2019, despite his young age (21 years old) he is one of the best tennis players around. In 2018, “Sascha” added Munich, Madrid and Washington to the list of titles to his name (Montpellier, Munich, Roma, Washington and Montreal in 2017; San Petersburg in 2016).
The American Sloane Stephens is the first WTA player confirmed to be part of AMT in 2019. Top 10 player with 6 titles in her career, including the AMT in 2016, US Open in 2017 and Miami Open in 2018, will be joining the tournament on its 26th edition.
“We have been working, for a couple of months now, to get these players to be part of the tournament. After the 2017 and 2018 we have established some standards on the quality of the players we are looking for Acapulco. I believe we have met those standards with the presence of a legend Rafael Nadal, a young talent like Sascha Zverev, and a Grand Slam champion like Sloane Stephens. I am sure that a player list like these confirms our tournament not only as the best in Latin America but as one of the most important ATP 500 and WTA international event”, said Raul Zurutuza, tournament director. Besides Nadal and Zverev, John Isner (champion of the Miami Open and Atlanta in 2018), David Ferrer (four times champion in Acapulco 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015), Stan Wawrinka (no. 68) winner of 3 Grand Slams (Australian Open 2014, Roland Garros 2015 and US Open 2016), will return to Acapulco after 7 years of absence.
The first wild card will be handed to David Ferrer. The Spaniard will be playing in Acapulco for the last time after he announced his retirement last month.
Ferrer, with 27 titles (fourth place among active players) and 110 in the ATP rankings, will play a farewell tour that includes Auckland, Acapulco, Buenos Aires, Barcelona and Madrid.”I thought that this day would never come, but in 2019 we will have to say goodbye to a legend named David Ferrer. Since his first appearance in 2003, David became a frequent guest of Acapulco, and as the years went by, he won not only 4 titles, but also the affection, respect and admiration of the public. When the time comes, we will pay tribute worthy of a champion, and I know in advance that he will have a last great performance in Mexico”, said Zurutuza. Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC will be held from February 25th to March 2nd at the facilities of the Princess Mundo Imperial Hotel.