Alexander Zverev, monarch of 2021

  • The German won his first Silver gourd in the XXVIII edition, the last played before the definitive change of venue for the tournament.

Mexico City, February 13th, 2023.- The Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC has always been associated with the participation of players who could later become the next big star in tennis. Alexander Zverev is no exception, before his 20´s he was in the spotlight of the event; now he boasts being one of the champions of Acapulco.

The German had been confirmed for the 2017 edition, sharing banner with Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Juan Martin Del Potro, among others. However, an injury left him out of the main draw, but came back the following year as a Top 10 player to begin carving his way on the beaches of Acapulco (Guerrero state).

It was until 2019 when he had his first opportunity to lift the Silver gourd (winning trophy), but Nick Kyrgios defeated him in that final. The following year he was unlucky against Tommy Paul in the second round, but in 2021 the winning trophy welcomed him with open arms. In that edition, Zverev overcame Carlos Alcaraz in the first round, who was just taking his first steps in the professional circuit. Then “Sascha” (as he´s called) reached the final without dropping a set and won the new title after beating Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 7-6(3).

For last year´s edition, Alexander was unable to defend his crown, but entered the history books not only of the tournament, but also of the ATP, with the longest end of the day session, since records have been kept, after his match against Jenson Brooksby (USA). Both faced each other for over 3 hours and 20 minutes at the new venue of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC, setting a new record.

“Sascha’s” first memory in Acapulco came thanks to his brother Mischa, who also attended the tournament in several editions. “My brother played against Nadal for the first time. I didn’t go to the tournament that year, it was in 2017. That was probably my first memory of Acapulco,” the German recalled.

For Zverev, that the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC can celebrate three decades of existence is clear proof “that it´s becoming a historic event. There are many tournaments that come and go but turning 30 means that they are trying to build something special, now with the new stadium, I think it will be there for a long time. The players always like to go there,” Alexander commented.

What “Sascha” enjoys most when he´s in Acapulco is “the place where we play. It’s fascinating to go to the ocean in the morning and play your matches and practice in the afternoon and evening, I think it’s very special,” he expressed regarding the destination he has visited for several years.

Zverev defines Mexican fans as “very energetic, loud. It’s always very enjoyable to play in front of a crowd like that”. Something he has been able to prove every time he´s stepped into the main stadium of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC.

Juan Martin del Potro was crowned at the XXV anniversary of the Mexican Open

  • The Argentinean won his second to last title of his career on a special edition and in one of the most competitive draws in the history of the Mexican Open.

Mexico City, February 6th, 2023.- It took 11 years for the Argentine flag to wave again at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC. Needing to go back to 2018. That edition marked the 25th anniversary of the ATP 500 tournament in Acapulco, and for that same reason, within the lineup  were six Top 10 players for a second consecutive year.

Rafael Nadal arrived as the No. 2 seed in the world, Alexander Zverev No. 5, Dominic Thiem No. 6, Jack Sock No. 8, Kevin Anderson No. 9 and precisely Del Potro No. 10 closed a dreamlike lineup. Although Nadal had to withdraw from the tournament due to an injury, the draw was extremely competitive, delivering memorable matches thanks to the match offered by the Tandil (Argentina) born player winning the Silver Gourd.

That title was the 21st of his career and to accomplish that feat, he had to beat the rest of the stars and better seeded than him throughout that week. Defeating David Ferrer, Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and South African Kevin Anderson in the finals (6-4, 6-4). After winning that final, Juan Martín del Potro became the third Argentinean to win in Acapulco, after Juan Ignacio Chela’s two winning finals and Agustín Calleri´s victory. His level was so good that after Mexico he won the Indian Wells Masters, being the last title of his career.

About the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC, the “Torre de Tandil” (as he´s called) remembers the following:

“What I always liked the most was the incredible scenario where the tournament is held, the way they treat all the players, just spectacular and making us feel very comfortable. Every tennis player who´s played the tournament practically doesn’t want that week to end, because the place is just amazing, dreamlike. They always treated me very well and when the tournament was over I stayed a couple of days on vacation, the fans, organizers and tournament director are always generous. It´s always great to come back.”

Despite his retirement in 2022, mostly due to injuries and after almost three years of no activity, the Argentine assures that he´ll return to Mexico, since Acapulco has a special place in his thoughts. 

“I will always be grateful for how they treated me, for the love it shows me constantly, whether I am playing or not. I cherish the relationship I have with the Mexican crowd,” he recalled for the tournament.

Dominic Thiem, his consolidation in 2016

  • A strike of authority inside the circuit was given by the Austrian, becoming champion in Acapulco and confirming he could fight for important titles.
  • His first ATP 500 win and fifth title of his career was won at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC.

Mexico City, January 28th, 2023 – In search for a player who could stand up to the three tennis players who dominated several generations at the time, Dominic Thiem raised his hand to face them on any stage. Since his first years in the pro circuit, good things were expected about the Austrian, but in the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC in 2016 he ended up convincing everyone

With only 22 years, Dominic came into the 2016 edition as the fourth-ranked player in the tournament, behind important players such as David Ferrer, Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic. Starting off on the right foot against Damir Dzumhur and then defeating Dimitry Tursunov in three sets to later meet Grigor Dimitrov in the quarterfinals. Thiem beat the Bulgarian 7-5, 6-2 to reach the semifinals and begun to taste the sweet victory of the finals (The Silver Gourd).

Thiem had no complications eliminating Sam Querrey by a double 6-2 to reach the final against the surprising Bernard Tomic, after the top of the draw was left without David Ferrer and Marin Cilic. In the title match, Dominic took the victory with a score of 7-6(6), 4-6, 6-3 placing his name in the Acapulco history books.

However, Dominic Thiem’s Acapulco memories were planted a couple of years prior, in 2014, when as a 20 year old with some tints of promise, fell in the second round of pre-qualifying to David Goffin. “My first memory of the Acapulco tournament is from 2014 when I went for the first time, because I used to watch the tournament on TV,” shared the Austrian.

Like other players, Thiem agrees on how positive it´s for the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC to reach three decades. “That this tournament is 30 years old means that it´s already a tradition, that the players and everyone likes it very much because otherwise it could not last so long. A 30-year anniversary is always a good omen,” he stated.

“Domi”, remembers how special it was for him to be able to reach the beaches of Acapulco in a tour stop that has become unique. Few places on the circuit can combine so many special factors in one place, and that is what Thiem highlights about the tournament: “What I like most of course is the weather, always sunny and warm, also that it´s all in one, (the tennis club, the stadium, the hotel & the beach), that makes it unique and a very special place,” he confirmed.

The last time Dominic Thiem set foot on Acapulco was in 2018, when he lost to Juan Martin Del Potro in the quarterfinals. He fondly remembers the atmosphere of the tournament and hopes to one day return to the event: “The Mexican fans are great fans, very passionate; it’s a lot of fun to play in front of them. I hope to be there again very soon,” he concluded.

Grigor Dimitrov debutes in hard surface as a champion in Acapulco

  • Grigor Dimitrov broke the Spanish hegemony in the AMT in 2014 by becoming the first champion on hard surface in Acapulco.

Mexico City, January 23rd, 2023.- After eight titles for the Spaniards in a 10 year spam period and six of them being consecutive, this 22-year-old arrived to put a stop to the sweeping winning streak of David Ferrer, Rafael Nadal and Nicolás Almagro, to proudly wave the colors of the Bulgarian flag in the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC, celebrating one of its biggest changes, switching from clay to hard court, under the slogan ‘A new court for a new era’.

Grigor Dimitrov, then world No. 22, could not have dreamed of a better debut in Acapulco. Reaching the final, where he faced South Africa’s Kevin Anderson, surprising everyone leaving the current Olympic champion and Grand Slam winner Andy Murray on the way, but perhaps it was the atmosphere that was his best ally.

 “My first memory of Acapulco is from the first time I played there and I had an amazing time with the people and everyone who made the tournament. It was very special in the sense that I was playing every match at 10 o’clock at night and the fans were attending and were present on every point played. Without a doubt my memories take me to the atmosphere and I will never forget that I had one of my craziest points, craziest parties, basically crazy everything over there, it’s very different and I really appreciate that as a player. What a beautiful place! Stated for the tournament.

That final against Anderson had all the ingredients to be remembered as a historic one, as the drama was not lacking in a 7-6(1), 3-6, 7-6(5) score for almost 3 hours (two hours and 58 minutes) of play. It was the second title in Dimitrov’s career, but his first ATP 500. He now totals eight in total, among which he boasts having conquered the ATP Finals in 2017, the same year in which he reached his highest ranking as No. 3 in the world.

At almost the same age as the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC, Dimitrov reflects on the special anniversary and reveals the details that make the tournament so special “It means a lot. These days when we see how everything is done, it’s quite challenging, but reaching 30 years is reaching an incredible goal, with such good emotions all around. It gives me pleasure to know that the tournament has improved and for a good reason it always has amazing players.”

“What I like most about the destination is that it was very accessible for us and at the same time it was great to be close to the water. Also that the matches began much later in the day really helped a lot, you enjoy everything in general, it’s beautiful and that makes it easy for the players to enjoy and incorporate everything they have for their game.”

Finally, Grigor Dimitrov can’t forget the fans, the most special ingredient he´s had in each of his visits to Mexico “They have been tremendous over the years, it´s been a privilege and an honor to be there and support them in giving everything every time. I’m very pleased that I know I can count on them, throughout the night they are so active and show so much, it’s amazing!” concluded the now 31-year-old world No. 28.

King David; Ferrer’s four titles in Acapulco

• David Ferrer was the second player in tournament history to lift the Silver Gourd in four ocations, something only Thomas Muster and Rafael Nadal had achieved.

Mexico City, January 16th, 2023.- The Spanish flag has waved the most times at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC, thanks in part to David Ferrer. The player from Jávea Spain found in Acapulco one of his favorite playing courts to show one of his best performance and win four of his 27 titles.

Ferrer was the second player to win the Silver Gourd in three consecutive editions, after Thomas Muster’s four in a row (1993-1996). From 2010 to 2012, David was the best in Acapulco; winner of main draws that brought together some of the best players in Spain and on clay, such as Fernando Verdasco, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Nicolás Almagro, as well as other outstanding players like Fernando González, Stanislas Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori, among others.

In his quest for the fourth title, Ferrer faced non other than Rafael Nadal in the 2013 final, where he lost in straight sets. However, David found a way to overcome that result two years later in the 2015 edition, when he won over Kei Nishikori in the title match to definitively enter the tournament’s history books as one of the most successful players to play the tournament.

Despite the Spaniard’s record in Acapulco, Ferrer is very clear about one of his main memories at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC. “I remember a special match against Guga Kuerten on center court, as everyone cheering for Guga, something logical, but it was and is a very close tournament. There´s a great atmosphere, tennis people are going to have a good time,  enjoy the sport and have a great week for the most part,” commented David.

Ferrer also highlights the evolution of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC in terms of playing surface, something that according to David helped the tournament to remain one of the best. “I remember when it was clay and then it evolved to fast court. On clay the best were already going and then when it became fast court they have come even better. My most sincere congratulations to the tournament director and organization, who has a lot to do with the fact that it has been 30 years in the making,” said the Spaniard.

For the four-time champion, it´s difficult to choose what he likes most about Acapulco. “The atmosphere, the fact that it’s summer, that it’s in a place where we have great facilities and everything is close by. Honestly, I can’t say just one thing about the facilities, the food,” said David, who now also identifies himself as a fan of the tournament.

Finally, Ferrer invites the public to experience everything the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC has to offer. “Let them go to see one of the best tournaments in the world without a doubt. Enjoy because we have the best players who love to go, live it, play it and it´s part of the history of Acapulco, which is a unique experience, not only to see the best tennis players, but to live it from the outside, the atmosphere there, it´s a day that I would be lovely to go with my children.

Nicolás Almagro, the first Spanish two-time champion

The Spaniard conquered Acapulco in 2008 and 2009 to enter the tournament’s book of records as one of the few two-time champions.

Mexico City, December 9th, 2022.- It took 13 years for Acapulco´s audience to see a tennis player successfully defend his crown at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC. Nicolás Almagro, who won his first Silver Gourd in 2008, becoming one of the few two-time champions of the event the following year.

Almagro knew what it was like to be a champion in Acapulco for the first time very far away from home. That 2008 title was the first he won in a place other than Spain and he managed to win after excelling in a main draw that had players of Carlos Moya´s stature, winner in 2002 and 2004, and Argentine David Nalbandian, whom Nicolás defeated in that year’s final.

The Spaniard’s first memory, strangely enough was not being in the competition nor the names against whom he would compete, it was the venue of the event. “My first memory of Acapulco is when I arrived there and seeing the resort it was so impressive, seeing the sea so close and thinking that in such an incredible place a tennis tournament was going to be held and that was on itself impressive,” he commented.

After becoming champion in 2008, Almagro repeated the feat the following season. Perhaps in 2009 he didn´t have as complicated journey as in the previous year, but he did have some memorable matches, such as that second round match against Potito Starace, whom he defeated 7-6, 6-7, 6-3.

Eventually, “Nico” (short for Nicolás) sealed his two-time chanpionship in Acapulco after defeating Gael Monfils in the final after a double 6-4. He then entered the tournaments history books as one of the few tennis players to defend his crown on the beaches of Guerrero and the first to do so in 13 years, the last having been Thomas Muster with his four-time championship in 1996.

Almagro is a man of traditions, so for him the most special thing about the tournament is one of the most classic celebrations of the event. “The most beautiful part of the tournament is when the all white party is celebrated, all the players come in together, that seemed something unique to me, so impressive, to be able to share the beauty of a place like Acapulco´s beaches (state of Guerrero) with all the players dressed in white and enjoying a exquisite gastronomy”, expressed the Spaniard.

After recalling Raul Zurutuza’s key support for Almagro on continuing choosing Acapulco as one of his tour destinations, Nicolás highlighted the energy of the organization and all the people involved in the tournament.

“For a tournament to be 30 years old means that things have been done well for a very long time. To maintain that energy for so many years and transmit it to players and the circuit means that the whole team behind the tournament is impressive, treating people with respect and provide us everything we need to be happy and be able to compete at a very high level,” he recalled.

Almagro participated in 9 editions of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC throughout his career. Recalling his visits to Acapulco, keeping a fond memory of the Mexican fans.

“For me the Mexican public was always special, they always transmitted me a lot of respect, very good vibes all the time supporting me from the first day. The stands were always lively enough for us to feel the warmth and support, they tucked us in during the difficult moments. They transmit to me that they understand tennis, that they know what they are doing, and above all a very respectful public, always supporting the player and above all that likes the show up to the matches and show their support at all times”, concluded Nicolás.

Nicolás Almagro said goodbye on a professional level in 2019 with 13 titles under his wing. In addition to the two-time championships in Acapulco, he managed to reach another final in 2011, which he lost to his compatriot David Ferrer. One thing is for sure: the player from Murcia has secured his place as one of the legends of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC.

Peruvian Luis Horna and his dream week in Acapulco 2006

  • Horna won the Acapulco in 2006 coming from the qualifiers

Mexico City, December 12th, 2022.- Peruvian Luis Horna lived a dream week in Acapulco during the 2006 edition when he surprisingly and against all odds won the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC.

The move to Acapulco after its beginning in Mexico City brought the tournament a series of champions including Brazil’s Gustavo Kuerten (2001), Argentina’s Juan Ignacio Chela (200) and Agustin Calleri (2003) and Spain’s Carlos Moya (2002 and 2004) and a young Rafael Nadal (2005), who were joined by Horna.

And although the Peruvian, born in the city capital, Lima in 1980, arrived at the tournament with many expectations, being to enter the main draw, a goal he achieved puttingt him on his way to the title.

“For me the best memories of my career happened in Acapulco,” Horna stated to the organization.

Commenting that during the tournament “it was the first time I had passed the qualy of an ATP tournament and at the same time winning my first ATP tournament”.

“I remember the atmosphere and the affection of the fans and of Raúl Zurutuza, (tournament director) who received all the players in the best possible way and made us feel at home, that’s why the Acapulco tournament for me has always meant the best.”

In the final, Horna won 7-6, 6-4 against Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela, champion in 2000 and also who was looking for his second title in México. Almost a year after Acapulco, in February 2007, Horna won the Viña del Mar Open with a score of 7-5, 6-3 overcoming Chile’s Nicolás Massú.

Those two singles titles were the only ones he won in his career, in which he also won six doubles titles, including a Grand Slam in 2008 winning at Roland Garros teamming with Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas.

Speaking about the 30th anniversary of the tournament, Horna said that the fact that a tennis tournament can have so much continuity and remain in tiimeless “means that it´s a successful one and what the tournament (in Acapulco) has achieved through the years is to be able to bring together the best players of the circuit and generate an incredible environment for them”.

“Lucho”, as Horna was known (nickname), pointed out that Acapulco is the best destination to play tennis, stating, “I got to play in the old facilities right next to the hotel, it was fantastic since you could easily walk to practice and matches, we had the hotel nexto to the sea and it was really the perfect place to play in”, he stated.

He also recalled something that used to happen at the end of the tournament, where the players who had advanced in the competition, stating “we (the players) stayed several days to enjoy the beach, that paradisiacal place and the Mexican culture, the truth is that Acapulco has that charm and always made us feel very good”.
Horna, who became a professional in 1998, remained for 11 years in the ATP Tour, due to his injuries he retired in 2009.

Jiri Novak was th third champion of the tournament

  • The former Czech player who reached No. 5 in the world, actually won the 6th edition of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel.

Mexico City, December 2nd, 2022.- Going back to 1998, when the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC was still played in the country’s capital. Even though Thomas Muster is remembered as one of the greatest stars in the first stages of the tournament after his four consecutive titles, his winning streak as we remember came to an end at the hands of Francisco Clavet and for the sixth edition it was the turn of another European to shine.

His name is Jiri Novak, a 23-year-old Czech with an impressive height of 1.91 meters (6.3 feet) and with his two-handed backhand began to reap victories in the ATP tour until he won his second title in Mexico City after defeating the Belgian Xavier Malisse 6-3, 6-3.

His first memory of the Mexican Open was playing at a very high altitude (2,240 meters above sea level), but also has other memories of the tournament when it changed the venue to Acapulco, where he also competed.

“I like the fact that for Europeans, Mexico is a bit of an exotic country. I played twice in Mexico City with a great altitude and for the third year the Mexican Open was held in Acapulco, a great place on the beach. I remember the amazing weather, a beautiful hotel and great facilities.”

Novak won seven titles in total during his 14-year professional career. He´s currently 47 years old and lives in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

From the confort of his home, he reveals, what for him has been key for the AMT to flourish for three decades.

“For the tournament to turn 30 means that it lives surrounded by a great atmosphere and has an outstanding organization, the sponsors have always supported the tournament, but more than anything it´s because of the fans. I remember that every time I went, there were many spectators who love the sport. It must mean a lot for the whole tournament,” he said.

Finally, Novak, who was a doubles finalist at Wimbledon in 2001 and the US Open 2002, sent a message to the Mexican fans who at some point showed their support.

“I wish that they stay attentive to the tournament in the future and I believe that if they are going to the matches, the tournament, it´s because of them and that´s why the tournament may linger and will continue to do so for many years to come,” stated Novak, who at one point in his career reached No. 5 in the world.

Francisco Clavet, the Spaniard who uncovered titles for Spain in the AMT

– Clavet won the title in 1997 after playing three semifinals against Austrian Thomas Muster.

Mexico City, November the 25th – Before Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer each conquered four titles at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel, and Carlos Moya and Nicolás Almagro each won two, his compatriot Francisco Clavet González, also known as “Pato” Clavet, was then held accountable of uncovering titles for Spain, winning the fifth edition of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in 1997.

Clavet, born in Aranjuez, Madrid, in 1968, had to wait patiently while Austrian Thomas Muster won four titles in a row, between 1993 and 1996. At that time, the tournament was played at 2,240 meters above sea level in Mexico City, the venue where he finally managed to win the trophy after several attempts. Although his memories of that title are happy, his arrival in the country´s capital in those years was not very pleasant for him, reaching No. 18 in the ATP ranking in July 1992.

“The first memory I have of the tournament is actually not in Acapulco, but in Mexico City, which was where the tournament was originally organized, and I have to admit that, to tell the truth, it was not very positive,” Clavet told the tournament’s website. He explained that the altitude of the city, the ‘jetlag’ and the capital’s pollution, were factors that played against him, swearing he would not return to the tournament.

“Due to the pollution the first day we went to train, the altitude and the trip I got a huge downfall, and I vowed I would never play again. Obviously I had to eat my words,” he recalled with sympathy.

He pointed out that in his several visits to Mexico he played three semifinals in a row against Muster “and the fourth year that he did not play, after some luck and the great joy of winning the tournament”, beating Juan Albert Viloca (Spain) in the final. Then, when the tournament moved to Acapulco, Clavet said that what left a great impression on him was the hotel and sports complex where it was held.

“I already felt much more comfortable and relaxed than in any other tournament. The environment and the people made me feel happy and positive when I played,” said Clavet, who played professionally from 1988 to 2003. “It was really a tournament where I always felt very comfortable playing, very loved by the people, and in an incomparable setting. You can’t ask for more,” he said.

Regarding the 30 years history of the tournament, of which he was part of, Clavet said that they indicate “that it´s a tournament of great prestige, which enchants players and spectators, and above all that, not only have they done things very well, but they have been improving every year to at the Top of the ATP tournaments”.

To the Mexican fans, the Spaniard described them as “great tennis connoisseurs who enjoy the tournament with passion”, and also thanked them “from the bottom of my heart for the affection with which they have always welcomed me, and that they continue coming, enjoying and taking care of the tournament they have, because it´s a jewel”.

In his professional career, which lasted from 1988 to 2003, Clavet won eight singles titles and reached the semifinals of the Indian Wells Masters 1000 in 1992 and the Miami Masters in 1999. In 2003, his retirement year, he started coaching and liked to visit Acapulco and play the Abierto Mexicano Telcel alongside players such as Feliciano López, Thomaz Bellucci, Alejandro Falla and lastly Santiago Giraldo.

Juan Ignacio Chela, champion year 2000

Acapulco has a special place in Juan Ignacio Chela’s heart.

The Argentinean won the title in two ocations and was ranked number 15 in the world in 2004.

Mexico City , Nov the 15th: For the Argentinean, the city of Acapulco means his first title as a professional and his entry into the Top-100 in 2000, memories that make the Mexican tournament have a special place in the heart of the now coach and television presenter.

In that year, the move from the altitude of Mexico City, 2,240 meters (above sea level) to sea level of the Abierto Mexicano represented a chance to play “like at home” for Latin American tennis players, including Argentineans

With clay as the main playing surface, the specialists in those conditions were the Spaniards and the Argentines, Chela among them, although at that time he was not among the favorites since he was 130th in the world, but the possibility existed and he fought for it.

“My first memory of the Mexican Open is from the year 2000 which was the first time I went to play it and I have a great memory for a lifetime, because I went to play the quali, achieved the qualification and ended up winning the tournament,” Chela told the tournament’s oficial webpage.

He recalled the points obtained for the first time and winning were he got into the Top-100.

“I finished I think in 73rd place more or less and that’s why I always have it present in my memories and very much keep in my heart, because it was my first title and then came another final and another title (in 2007) and that’s why it’s one of my favorite tournaments, no doubt,” said the Argentine almost 10 years after his retirement, which took place on December 3, 2012.

Chela, now 43 years old, was one of the constants in Acapulco and one of the main entertainers since his relationship with the fans was always great and he remembers them with sympathy due to his last name, Chela.

“They supported me a lot because my last name is Chela and in Mexico the word is slang or short for beer that way, so many were amused by that and cheered me on,” he said.

Precisely that relationship is what the Argentinean misses and he also misses playing in Mexico “I hope the fans keep going to the tournament and keep supporting tennis, which is an incredible sport, because with their support they make it more beautiful”.

About what he liked most about the tournament, the man born in Ciudad Evita, Argentina, recalled that “the matches always started late” and the players during the day “could enjoy all the facilities, the beach, the pools, everything the destination has to offer, which is always impressive and spectacular”.

Later, she recalled, “when it was time to compete, there was an atmosphere that has nothing to envy  the biggest tournaments in the world because there are always a lot of people and they love tennis and always go to support all the players, that makes you want to compete and play in Acapulco”.

Chela, who in 2004 reached his best ranking position by reaching 15th place in the world, congratulated the organizers of the Acapulco tournament.

“That a tennis tournament celebrates 30 years shows that it´s a great event and the professionalism and success it has is because of all the people who work behind it and because of how well things are done,” he said.

The Argentinean, who won 2 ATP 500 titles, 4 ATP 250, and 9 ATP Challengers in his career, said that among the Argentinean players and some on the tour “we always put Acapulco as a priority in our calendar, for the atmosphere of the tournament, for the place, the facilities, the organization and for how good you feel every time you go there, so without a doubt it´s one of the best tournaments in its category (Open 500) of the year”.

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