Acapulco, February 27th – There are no shortage of activities to take advantage of the scenery in regards to the port of Acapulco during the week of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC. This Monday, when the main draw of the XXX edition of the ATP 500 tournament formally began, two players decided to challenge each other in a hot match in front of the sea, on the beach of Punta Sirena at the Hotel-Resort, “Fermont Pierre Marqués”.
Alex de Minaur, current No. 22 in the world, and German Daniel Altmaier, No. 95, began their week of competition in our country on a mini tennis court set up on the sand. The brief exhibition was attended by the Mayor of Acapulco, Abelina López and the tournament director and CEO of Mextenis, Álvaro Falla. Along with a team representing the commission of the city’s tourism office.
After the match in which both tennis players laughed at their funny skills on mini tennis, they were able to chat for a few minutes in perfect Spanish since both players speak the language. “We enjoy getting along with all the players, very different from other weeks. For me it’s like being at home, I love the energy, the people, the special treatment, I’m going to spend a lot of time here,” said the German Altmaier.
While the Australian, de Minaur, who was the opponent of Mexican junior Rodrigo Pacheco, talked about his first challenge “I hope it´ll be a great match, I have seen that he´s playing very well indeed, so it´ll be a tough match, already looking forward to playing, I hope the crowd goes against him, but it will be a very nice atmosphere. I’m very happy to be here in Acapulco.”
Pacheco’s first round match against De Minaur is scheduled for this Tuesday.