Mexico City. – The beginning of February marks the count down for the celebration of the 27th edition of Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC.
The draw is headed by Rafael Nadal, Alexander Zverev, Nick Kyrgios, Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens, amongst others. The AMT has revealed the wild card players that will join the tournament at the end of the month in Acapulco: Venus Williams and Milos Raonic.
Venus Williams, former champion of 2009 and 2010, returns to the tournament to play for the first time in the hard courts of Acapulco. Also joining the celebration of the 20-year anniversary of WTA being part of the tournament.
The American veteran is currently ranked 66 in the world, also being the second active player with more titles under her name (49).
“We can now revel the secret: For the 20 year anniversary celebration we always wanted Venus Williams to come back to play in Acapulco, she is part of the history of the tournament , and after many years she still is a role model in the world of tennis”, appointed Raul Zurutuza, CEO of the tournament.
Also, in the announcement, was confirmed that Milos Raonic hold the first Wild card of the male Draw, with him there are now thirteen players within the Top 40 playing the tournament this year. Raonic is currently 32 in the world rankings, and he will be playing in Acapulco for the first time, after he was forced to withdraw due to an injure in 2017
In the beginning of the new season, the former no. 3 in the world advanced to quarter finals in the Australian Open, losing to the current champion Novak Djokovic.
“Milos has always wanted to play in Acapulco, but for many different reasons he hasn’t been able to. After a rough couple of years with many injuries, he seems back on his feet and in great shape. That will always be great for the show and the game quality that we will see” Zurutuza added.
Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC will take place from february 24th to 29th in Hotel Princess Mundo Imperial.