Mexico City, October 3, 2023 – The XXXI edition of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC, which will be held from February 26th to March 2nd, 2024, will be historic as it will feature the participation of ten players who are ranked within the Top 20 of the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, with five of them boasting Top 10 positions.
Danish player Holger Rune (No.4), Greek player Stefanos Tsitsipas (No.5), American player Taylor Fritz (No.8), Norwegian player Casper Ruud (No.9), and German player Alexander Zverev (No.10) lead the list of players for the Acapulco Open 500.
They are joined by American players Frances Tiafoe (No.11) and last edition’s finalist Tommy Paul (No.13), as well as Italian player Lorenzo Musetti (No.18), Bulgarian player Grigor Dimitrov (No.19), and the young American talent Ben Shelton (No.20).
“We are excited that the number one tennis tournament in Mexico and Latin America is announcing a wide array of stars for this edition,” said Álvaro Falla, CEO of Mextenis, who also noted that it’s a double celebration since the ATP 250 tournaments in Los Cabos and the ATP 500 in Acapulco will be played in consecutive weeks. “The Mexican Back to Back is already yielding results by attracting 10 players within the Top 20 to Acapulco, led by 5 players within the Top 10.”
“It’s a new stage for Mextenis and for the players, and with one tournament after another, many tennis players will try to take advantage of both tournaments and make a stop in Mexico as part of their preparation for Indian Wells, not to mention the significant points and prize money at stake,” he added, just five months away from the start of the tournament.
Mextenis had already confirmed the participation of Rune, Tsitsipas, Ruud, and Zverev for what will be a historic edition of the ATP 250 in Los Cabos and now expands the list of players for the Acapulco Open 500. Rune, Fritz, and Ruud return to Mexico after their appearances in Acapulco in 2022, while Tsitsipas and Zverev return after missing the XXX edition.
Rune, at 20 years old, achieved his highest ranking in August of this year and remains No.4 in the world. He has won four titles, one in 2023 in Munich and three in 2022, including the Masters 1000 in Paris, Stockholm, and Munich.
Tsitsipas, at 25 years old, boasts 10 titles in his career, with the most recent one in August in Los Cabos, while Fritz, also 25 years old, has won 8 titles, two of them in 2023 after victories in Atlanta and Delray Beach.
At 24 years old, Ruud has 10 titles, one in 2023 in Estoril. The Norwegian has already reached three Grand Slam finals, two of them on the clay of Roland Garros, his favorite surface. These results propelled him to the No.2 ranking in 2022.
Finally, German player Alexander Zverev returned to the Top 10 after winning two titles in 2023, one in Hamburg and another in Chengdu. The confirmation of American players Tiafoe, Paul, and Shelton is also notable, with Shelton being a semifinalist at the 2023 US Open, as well as Italian player Lorenzo Musetti and Bulgarian player Grigor Dimitrov, the 2014 Acapulco champion.