Alcaraz, Ruud and Tsitsipas confirmed for AMT´s 30th anniversary

  • The Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC will celebrate its 30th year anniversary.
  • Current World No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz will visit Acapulco in February along with No. 2 Casper Ruud, while Stefanos Tsitsipas (No. 6) returns to Mexican lands.
  • Two new sponsors for the moment are confirmed: Continental Tires and Pepperstone.

Mexico, September the 20th 2022 – The 30th edition of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC will mark an important milestone in the history of tennis tournaments in Latin America and Mexico. To be held between February 27th and March 4th, 2023, the 30th anniversary celebration begins with the announcement of the first players; Carlos Alcaraz, Casper Ruud and Stefanos Tsitsipas.

After a terrific edition where the inauguration of the GNP Insurance Arena took place, the new complex will once again welcome its loyal fans to celebrate three decades of history together with three ATP Top-10 players. Confirming the presence of current No. 1, the Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, high quality matches are foreseen, since the main goal is to form a competitive and talented roster in which the Norwegian Casper Ruud (No. 2) and the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (No. 6) also stand out.

Alcaraz is the youngest player to reach the top seed since the ATP Pepperstone Rankings was established in 1973. Doing so after winning his first Grand Slam at the U.S. Open with only 19. This last title is just one of the five ATP titles he´s won this season and of the six he´s achieved so far in total. The spanish, has the opportunity to be the youngest to close the year as No. 1 and will also arrive as favorite in Acapulco, next February.

Curiously enough, Alcaraz’s opponent in the U.S. Open final was actually Ruud, who reached No. 2 in the ATP after playing a historic tournament.

This year so far (2022), the Norwegian sums three titles on clay (Gstaad, Geneva and Buenos Aires), and also had played two Grand Slam finals; Roland Garros and the US Open.

On the other hand, Stefanos Tsitsipas will make his third consecutive appearance at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel. He´s managed to add two titles this season, Mallorca and Monte Carlo and is current doubles champion at the Acapulco ATP 500 alongside Feliciano López.

“We are very excited to be able to announce for the moment three Top 10 for such a significant edition of this tournament. Carlos is still a young and will be a present and future reference in the sport, he proved it to us at the US Open as well as Casper who confirmed himself as a great player also, while Stefanos has been constant and knows the Mexican audience too well “, commented the tournament director, Raul Zurutuza.

“This 30th year celebration is mainly due to five key elements that we wish to deeply acknowledge and celebrate during the week of the tournament; Our raising amateur fan base, the players, sponsors, tournament staff and you, the media that year after year have joined us thru this journey, without all these combined as a whole this event could not be possible, we really thank you.”

NEW SPONSORS

The Abierto Mexicano Telcel is proud to announce the participation of two brands involved and committed to such a high level to the sport. These are Continental Tires and Pepperstone, now confirmed as official sponsors.

“We are very pleased to have these new sponsors support, Continental and Pepperstone; Companies with great journeys and tradition as we have seen with the Abierto Mexicano Telcel thru the years. We are sure that together we will continue to promote the importance of the sport and its virtues throughout the country, giving them the warmest welcome,” said Zurutuza.

TICKETS ON SALE

Ticket sales for the Abierto Mexicano Telcel begin on Tuesday September 20th, they can be purchased at the Mextenis box office located in Arcos Bosques or through Ticketmaster.

The press accreditation process will take place in 2023. The Abierto Mexicano looks for your support for its special 30th year celebration.

For more information, please visit: www.abiertomexicanodetenis.com

A week full of new records in the AMT 2022

  • The premiere of the Arena GNP Seguros lived several new records for the tournament in Acapulco 

Acapulco, February 26th. – In the XXIX edition of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC we got to live several new records: the Spaniard Rafael Nadal, 5th of the world, won the title for the fourth time, we lived the longest matches in the history of this tournament, new records with referees and even the arrival of a new number 1 in the ranking of the ATP.

The audience was incredible in the Tournament in Acapulco. We lived evenings with a full stadium and with thousands of people enjoying the new venue.

On the court, Nadal’s fourth title helped him match his record to other players with more titles in the tournament.

In the AMT 2022, the Spaniard has 4 titles just like his compatriot David Ferrer and the Austrian Thomas Muster.

His compatriot Ferrer, who helped him train, also won 4 titles in Acapulco back in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015.Years earlier, when the tournament was played in Mexico City, the Austrian Muster won the titles in 1993, 1994, 1995 and 1996.

On Monday, during the inauguration of the Arena GNP Seguros, the first day was like a marathon after almost 11 hours since it started Monday in the afternoon-night of and ended in the early hours of Tuesday.

The first match of the main draw in the tournament’s new home, was between the Spaniard Fernando Verdasco and the American John Isner, which lasted 3 hours and 13 minutes, a new record for the tournament.

But in the next match, we experienced the longest-running match in the history of the Mexican tournament with the victory of the American Stefan Kozlov against the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 7-6, 5-7, 6-3 in 3 hours and 21 minutes of game.

Then followed the match that closed the marathon day in which the reigning champion in Acapulco, the German Alexander Zverev defeated Jenson Brooksby in 3 hours and 20 minutes of game.

That match ended very late, a new record in professional tennis since it ended at 4.55 in the morning. Before, the record was in 2008 by the Australian Lleyton Hewitt and the Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, which had ended at 4.34 in the morning.

But if the activity had been extensive on Monday, on Wednesday the three matches played at the Stadium: Daniil Medvedev-Pablo Andújar, Stefanos Tsitsipas-J.J. Wolf and Rafael Nadal-Stefan Koslov were really fast. They lasted less time than the shortest match on Monday. All three were finished in less than 3 hours and 13 minutes.

On Thursday, the Russian Daniil Medvedev received the news that next Monday, he will be the new number 1 player after his victory in Acapulco and the elimination of the Serbian Novak Djokovic in Dubai.
New records continued until Saturday when two female referees conducted the singles and doubles finals for the first time in ATP history. Nadal also won his fourth title, and we had the largest audience in the last day to close this dream week for the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC.

Nadal: “Victories are more valuable now than when i was 18”

  • Rafa stated that, in Acapulco, he has achieved “very good results most of the times”.

Acapulco, February 27th. – The Spaniard Rafael Nadal (35 years old), who lifted his fourth trophy on Saturday at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC, said that with the knowledge and experience he has acquired over the years, his triumphs are more valuable.

“Perhaps I value my victories more now than when I was an 18-year-old,” said Nadal at the conference, who won his first title in Acapulco when he was 18 years old, and 17 years later won the fourth title; he won the other 2 titles in 2013 and 2020.

With his victory in Acapulco, Nadal joined the Austrian Thomas Muster and fellow Spaniard David Ferrer as the tournament’s top winners, all of them have won four titles.

“For me, the most important thing today is that I have won a prestigious tournament within the tennis world. Winning a trophy here means a lot,” said the Spaniard, who came as 5th of the world to the tournament and was the fourth pre-classified to the title.

With a glorious start in this season, he has won three tournaments, including the Australian Open and the Acapulco Open 500. For the Spaniard it is “incredible how things change from one day to the next, from practically not being able to train and now standing here with my 4th title”.

Regarding his 91st title in his career, Nadal said, “it’s one more title for his career” and called it “an important title”.

Out of his winning streak that is now 15-0, the best of his career, he said that it’s all “because I have maintained a good attitude. I’m really happy and enjoying every moment”.

When talking about his performance at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC, he recalled that “I did not lose a set in the entire tournament. The first days were sort of fast matches, they got longer until the quarterfinals match with Tommy Paul. I consider myself a player who sweats a lot, it is a little complicated to play in these conditions, but I have done well”.

Regarding the support he receives in Mexico from the fans, who supported and applauded him at all times at the Arena GNP Seguros stadium, the Spaniard showed a lot of gratitude with his words.

“I always leave with fantastic memories due to people’s affection. I have achieved very good results almost every time I have been here. I hope it’s a place that people will remember me when I can’t come back,” said Rafa, who lifted his 25th title on hard court.

Nadal wins in acapulco again

  • Rafa won his fourth title of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC
  • Nadal surpassed his own record and broke other records in Acapulco

Acapulco, February 26th, 2022. – The new champion of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC is an old acquaintance. Rafael Nadal defeated Cameron Norrie by a double 6-4 and secure his fourth title of the tournament, 17 years after his first title in Acapulco.

Cameron Norrie did everything he could and competed to match what would have been his first ATP 500. But when Rafa had opportunities to break, he showed his best version and put the Brit in trouble.

Nadal was aggressive in decisive moments. He also knew how to take advantage whenever Norrie opened a window to improve the scoreboard. The first 6-4 reflected how close the first set had been.

Rafa advanced even further in the second set despite losing his serve on one occasion. He managed to get 5-2 and serve for the championship, but Norrie bought himself extra time to prolong the final two more games.

The Spaniard used his great technique in the court to get out of some trouble, especially in the 30-15 final. So he got two match points but only needed the first to become champion.

Rafael Nadal became the third tetrachampion of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC after Thomas Muster and David Ferrer. In addition, he surpassed his own record as the longest champion, which he had established back in 2020.

Stefanos and feliciano won the doubles category

  • The new duo sensation of the ATP tour won their first title
  • It is the Greek’s first ATP 500, and the third for the Spaniard in doubles

Acapulco, February 26th,2022. – Stefanos Tsitsipas and Feliciano López won the doubles category of the XXIX edition of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC, after defeating the couple Marcelo Arevalo (4) and Jean Julien Rojer 7-5, 6-4  in an hour 33 minutes.

It was the second tournament in which the Greek and the Spaniard were a couple (Vienna 2021), so accepting the invitation of the Tournament was not a waste at all. Getting the ATP 500 title in Acapulco means they had a quick adaptation process, where the experience of Feliciano, winner in doubles of Roland Garros (2016), helped S. Tsitsipas get his very first title in the category.

“Why not doubles? Maybe it will boost my confidence for singles. It was amazing. It’s a good thing we decided to play together. Great excitement for me, and the Mexican fans were an extra bonus” confessed the Greek, who on his possible return to Mexico ensures “First, I have to be healthy, but hopefully I can return to Mexico and play again and again. The tournament is amazing.”

On the other hand, F. Lopez hopes to continue playing with him “Being able to get a title even though we played for just a bit of time is very nice. From the first time we played together in the Laver Cup, we knew we made a great team. He is a young player with an incredible charisma. I consider myself fortunate to know him and play with him.”

The Salvadoran Marcelo Arévalo (4) and the Dutch Jean Julien Rojer also had an outstanding participation in the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC, however their strategy was not enough of a challenge for them.. They came from being champions this year in Dallas and Delray Beach. Even Arévalo was champion in 2018 in Los Cabos together with the Mexican Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela.

This final broke the attendance record for a doubles match in the tournament.. Feliciano López pointed out the high level of the organizers on an historical and very challenging inauguration of the new venue “The work they invested here for many years is very special. The tournament is so loved by players for a reason, they’ve earned that affection over the years. There aren’t many tournaments like this, with an atmosphere like this. It has a special aura.”

It was his sixth title in doubles and he enjoyed the fans’ love at the Arena GNP Seguros “We must recognize that the tournaments in Mexico are special due to the organization and the people. We like to feel supported, surrounded by people. I think the new stadium has gone a step further. It’s an impressive job.”

Acapulco exceeds expectations in 2022

  • Raúl Zurutuza, director of the tournament, qualified the AMT2022 as “incredible” and “a lot of new experience”.
  • He said the Tournament has room for improvement and, in 2023, the venue will be even more functional.
  • The tournament “was very positive” and starting next Monday, we will continue to work on the XXX edition.

Acapulco, February 26th. – The Tournament’s Director, Raúl Zurutuza, considered that the XXIX edition of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel Presentado por HSBC and the premiere of the Arena GNP Seguros as a new venue “has been incredible and we learned a lot”, which will help shape the 2023 Tournament.

“In conclusion, it was extraordinary, we had very good things, and we also learned a lot, we have a venue that is already the best tennis venue in Latin America, a modern stadium and some details to improve,” said Zurutuza in a press conference.

When Raul talked about the XXX edition, he said that starting next Monday he will start planning “because it is a very important year, it will be the tournament’s 30th anniversary”.

“2023 will be a very interesting year because I think we set the bar very high,” he said.

When talking about the venue’s improvements, he noted that the stadium courts will be completely repaired; “we will redo it”, in order to improve the entire area around the stadium.

“We have to improve the experience for the public, players, sponsors and press,” he said.

Zurutuza said he will insist on promoting the tournament: “we still want to be a Masters 1000”.

Regarding the presence of 5 of the Top 10 in the tournament, the Russian Daniil Medevedev (No.2), the German Alexander Zverev (No.3), the Greek Stefanos Tsipas (No.4), the Spanish Rafael Nadal (No.5) and the Italian Matteo Berrettini (No. 6), said that “it is possible to improve but in order to achieve this, we have to work hard”.

When speaking about Medvedev, he pointed out that there is a good chance that “he will return next year and become a fixed asset of the tournament, and Acapulco will be in his calendar”.

Raul also mentioned that in 2023, the ATP tournament’s schedule will go back to normal, and Acapulco and Indian Wells Master 1000 will be “back-to-back”, the same for 2024 and 2025, indicating that “on paper we should have a very good player field and that puts us in a very strategic position”.

Raul thanked the players for their comments and suggestions, “we had zero complaints” and mentioned that next year will be a new challenge.

Regarding the young player, Rodrigo Pacheco, Raul said the player had a great tournament since everyone supported him all week and “he managed to train with almost all the players, he only missed Nadal” and believes that “sooner or later, the Top 100 player will arrive (from Mexico), but the infrastructure is ready”.

Zurutuza also highlighted the response of the public towards the tournament which he described as “extraordinary” and also thank the work from Mextenis who made the tournament “a success”.

He said that the company seeks the return of a WTA tournament but now as owners of the franchise.

Renata burillo leads the new era of the AMT

  • The president of the Board of Directors of Mextenis explores the new venue
  • She assures that the Stadium has met all expectations when it comes to the magnitude and architecture

One of the biggest dreams for the president of the Board of Directors of MexTenis was fulfilled: The Arena GNP Seguros was finally inaugurated. Renata Burillo enjoys the beginning of a new era in the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC “Seeing it finished made me feel a lot of excitement. It never ceases to surprise me. The truth is that I still continue to explore more areas. It is not the same to plan and project an idea, than to live them with people and all activities.”

Renata confessed that she is excited to explore the new venue little by little, she also had the opportunity to talk to fans and has received good comments “Everyone was very impressed by the size of the stadium! The venue is intended that, from the main entrance, everything else feels in harmony, and we think the people have had that feeling. Beautiful courts, walkable distances, there are more bathrooms, more bars. The experience is better. We’re exploring new things. I’m still in shock. I’m still looking for the best way to get to my office, for example. I’m in no hurry to discover and live the new venue.”

On the other hand, she recalled the reason behind a new venue “Part of the desire we had to change headquarters was to offer more content, more entertainment, more experiences to the public. Before, the space we had was very limited. However, we were facing the sea in the previous stadium, now we aren’t, and we believed that was going to be a great loss, but from my point of view, being on the golf course made us remember nature. We respect the trees that were there and that integrated the area”.

Burillo was also impressed by the historic opening day of the venue with a new record “It is incredible, you think you’ve seen everything and when you least expect it, there are surprises. It’s part of the live entertainment, it was very special. People didn’t leave the stadium that morning”.

Finally, with the return of Rafa Nadal, with a historical draw, and with the presence of the best talent of the Top 10 in Acapulco, Renata highlighted Nadal’s presence and said that she is not ready for the outcome of the Big Three.

“I think it is still very difficult to overcome. They’re off the charts, even when we’re already focused on new generations, something like Australia happens. I love what is happening with the younger ones but there are many things missing to compare from the veterans. When the Big Three had the age of many of these younger players, they had already accomplished a lot. I love the effort that the ATP has made to promote new generations, I think it is very important because we cannot stay with one, two or three players, we are human, and careers have an end”.

Nadal seeks his fourth title in Acapulco

  • The Spaniard defeated Medvedev by a double 6-3, and reach the final.
  • He saved 11 break points in order to win in straight sets.

One of the finalists of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC is the same player who came to win the title 17 years ago: Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard, currently number 5 in the world, will have the opportunity to win the title in Acapulco once again.

The Spaniard won the semifinal against Daniil Medvedev. During the first set, Nadal showed one of his best versions to offset the Russian. During the second set, the audience got emotional for this encounter and enjoyed it more.

Rafa held his serve in order to save Medvedev’s 11 break opportunities in the second set. Nadal survived thanks to a pair of sloppy hits, extraordinary volleys, and mistakes coming from his rival. The Russian could no longer recover, and Nadal secured his victory with a double 6-3.

Comparing the Australian Open final, Rafa stated that the conditions were different from those in Melbourne. The Manacor also highlighted how well he was with his serve, especially in that second set.

In the final, Nadal will have his fourth match against Cameron Norrie, whom he has defeated on three occasions last season. The Brit has still not been able to win a set against the Manacor after the defeats at the Australian Open, Barcelona and Roland Garros.

Nadal could become the third player with four titles in Acapulco, after Thomas Muster and his compatriot David Ferrer. In addition, he could surpass his own record as the longest-standing champion of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC, which he already  established in the 2020 edition.

Norrie surprised Tsitsipas

  • The Greek failed to get to the final in Acapulco again after losing to Norrie
  • The world’s No. 12 seeks his first title in the ATP 500

Acapulco February  25th, 2022. – The Brit surprised everyone in the tournament after he  defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas. In 1 hour 19 minutes, Cameron Norrie defeated the world’s No. 4 by 6-4, 6-4 in the XXIX edition of the AMT, and he is now one step closer to conquering his first ATP 500.

The No. 12 of the world did not have a good start to the year after losing all his matches in January, but he decided to stay positive through this month after he arrived to Acapulco with his new title of Delray Beach, the third of his career. When he played against Tsitsipas, he reached 4-30 against the Top 10 players. Seven aces were key in Norrie’s serve to achieve a rematch against the Greek. Before, the only encounter between them was a final in Lyon.
Now, as the first Brit in a AMT final, he will face a complicated challenge in order to win his fourth title on the ATP tour; he is concentrated and enjoying the moment “I’m just happy to move forward and continue this streak in Mexico. My first final in Acapulco, this is the most important victory of the year, I’m really enjoy everything.”

Nadal: a talented victory

  • Rafa highlighted his good start to this season: he started off with two titles in Australia.
  • He reaffirmed his gratitude to the Mexican public for the support they have given him

The Australian Open final had the same result as tonight: Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev met once again, just like they did in the first Grand Slam of the season; the Russian could not defeat Nadal.

“Those were different conditions. The second set was very exciting with incredible points. I made few mistakes, but I played well, my serve worked very well,” Nadal explained at a press conference while comparing his semifinal match at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC and the Australian Open final.

In a very exciting match, especially in the second set, Rafa knew how valuable it was to continue to think all the positive emotions he has felt in this season.

“There have been a lot of high-level tennis. I took the lead, and I ended the match. It is a very talented victory. This confirms, for me, that things are going incredible. Being in the final in Acapulco means a lot, it has always been so,” he said.
Nadal could express enough his gratitude towards the Mexican public, they have supported him for 17 years. ” I’m very grateful for being here and playing. I’m very happy and grateful to Mexico and for the support and affection for so many years, it is difficult to describe. I can only thank you,” he said after his victory.

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