Let’s dream of a spectacular week(e)nd in Acapulco with Casper Ruud

  • The Norwegian tennis player shared his ‘Spotify Wrapped’ confirming his taste for the music of Canadian singer ‘The Weeknd’
  • The tournaments in the American continent are going well for the Oslo-born player and he will be looking for a new title in Mexican soil

Mexico City, January 19, 2023.- Casper Ruud’s passion for sports – not only tennis, but also golf – is complemented by his extreme taste for music, especially the music of Canadian singer and producer Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, better known as ‘The Weeknd’.

Each year, the Spotify platform shares a summary (Spotify Wrapped) of what each user listens to most frequently over the past twelve months. In 2023, what the Norwegian tennis player listened to the most was precisely The Weeknd.

On several occasions, the Oslo-born tennis player and winner of 10 titles in the ATP circuit, has shared his taste for music and has uploaded different videos to his social networks enjoying the concerts of the Canadian artist.

Casper Ruud’s love for sports is not limited to tennis, a passion he inherited from his father and coach, Christian Ruud, who until before his son appeared on the ATP circuit, was considered the best Norwegian tennis player in history.

When Christian Ruud retired, he started going to the golf courses and it was in those recreational times that Casper also took a liking to this sport to the extent that at the age of 14 he had to decide whether he would continue his sports career with a racket or with a golf club, we all know how this story ended.

Casper Ruud’s career has been meteoric since that August 2015 when he started scoring in the ATP ranking in the 1645th place, until his best position in his career, climbing up to the number 2 ATP ranking in December 2022.

The tournaments in the American continent are given to the Norwegian tennis player, since the first title in his career he won in Buenos Aires (2020) and he did it again in 2022, he also won in San Diego, California in 2021 and hopefully in 2024 he will be among the contenders for the title in Acapulco.

Rune turns to Becker to boost his level in 2024

  • The young Dane is looking forward to Boris Becker as his coach for 2024

Mexico City, january 17, 2024.- If a tennis legend like Boris Becker is interested in working with you in your 20s, you’re doing something right in your professional career. Holger Rune is one of the youngsters who overcame the status of tennis promise when he beat Novak Djokovic (Paris 2022) at the age of 19 in a Masters 1000 final and went from being outside the Top 100 to making his debut in the ATP Top 10 in less than a year. Three titles and two finals were key.

He closed 2023 with a level recovery after sneaking into the Nitto ATP Finals, but with only one title in the season there were signs that Rune was missing something in his development and teamwork. The answer could be six-time Grand Slam winner Boris Becker of Germany, who has known success since he was a teenager after he became the youngest Wimbledon winner at the age of 17 in 1985.

The two began a trial period in October, but now are enjoying officially their coach-player alliance for the 2024 season. Previously Rune was the pupil of Patrick Mouratoglou since 2016, former coach of Serena Williams, but they ended their relationship in September. Intense on court and with infinite potential, his entourage agrees, the Dane’s personality and mentality can take him far, not for nothing Becker has stated that they will look for his best version. The 55-year-old German coached Djokovic between 2013 and 2016, when he conquered six of his 24 Grand Slams.

On his own style, Rune stated “If everyone was the same, it would be a bit boring.” His rapid rise was perhaps somewhat overshadowed by the precocious success of Carlos Alcaraz, with whom he has an age difference of just six days, but Rune is motivated by such a rivalry in the making “I hope to be like Roger and Rafa. That’s what we’re looking for, to be the best players of all time and the best players we can be.”

Tsitsipas does not renounce his father

  • The Greek changed coaches last year, but decided to return to his father Apostolos Tsitsipas as his coach.

Mexico City, January 12, 2024.- In Mexico we say that “blood calls” when family ties are strengthened and endure despite adversity. This popular saying or Mexican proverb applies very well to what Stefanos Tsitsipas experienced in recent months after concluding the relationship with his father as his coach, starting a new stage with Mark Philippoussis as his coach and weeks later returning to his father Apostolos Tsitsipas.

The father-son bond has been successful since the beginning of his career. At his side, the Greek has managed to win 10 titles, including two championships at the Monte-Carlo Masters 1000 (2020 and 2021) and lifted in 2019 the ATP Finals title in London. The working relationship between Stafanos and Apostolos had a break at the beginning of 2023, but the Greek tennis player, current champion of the Mifel Tennis Open by Telcel Oppo, failed to adapt to the style and training program of Australian Mark Philippoussis, so he decided to return to his “origins”.

Just at the Paris Masters 1000, Stafanos Tsitsipas reached 300 career victories, no small feat for a 25-year- old tennis player. To reach this figure, he owes much to the experience and support of his father from the stands as coach. Since the beginning of his career as a professional in 2016, Tsitsipas had a rapid and sustained rise in the ATP rankings, on October 23, 2017 he entered the Top 100 of the best players in the world and in less than a year (in October 2018) he was already in the group of the best 20 tennis players on the planet. 

Undoubtedly, having the Greek again in Mexican lands will be a show for the fans that will gather in February in Acapulco, and, what better, than accompanied by his father and mentor in his sporting career.

Grigor Dimitrov, maturity, drive and experience.

  • With an explosive rebound between the end of 2023 and the beginning of 2024, the Bulgarian is close to returning to the Top-10.

Mexico City, January 8, 2024 – At 32 years old, Grigor Dimitrov has shown maturity, drive and experience. Proof of this is the explosive rebound between the end of the 2023 season and the beginning of 2024, results with which the Bulgarian is close to returning to the Top 10 of the ATP.

Dimitrov started 2024 with the same upward pace with which he closed 2023 and in the first weekend of the season he claimed the Brisbane ATP 250 title for the second time, defeating Denmark’s Holger Rune 7-6, 6-4 in the final. The tournament opens the season of the men’s circuit, so it is considered as a reference for the first months of activity.

It was Dimitrov’s ninth career title and his first since 2017 when he won the Nitto ATP Finals. That year was his best in terms of titles as he added four, including his first in Brisbane.

Among the tournaments won by Grigor is the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC in 2014. In that final at the Acapulco Open 500 he beat South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in three sets, while in the semifinal he also beat Britain’s Andy Murray in three sets.

Dimitrov has fans in Mexico who will be happy to see his incredible comeback at the age of 32, at the height of his tennis maturity.

In 2024 Dimitrov, born on May 16, 1991 in Haskovo, will play his 17th season in the ATP, the professional tennis circuit where he arrived in 2008 at just 17 years old and in which in November 2017 he reached his best position as world number 3.

This 2024 boasts a rebound in the rankings thanks to the last two Masters In Shanghai he reached the semifinals and in Paris the final, which he lost to Novak Djokovic. The Bulgarian is looking to return to the Top 10.

In detail, it could be said that Dimitrov’s level rose during the second half of 2023, since in the Paris Masters 1000 he also defeated three players with better ranking, the Russian Daniil Medvedev (No.3 ATP), the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (No. 6) and the Polish Hubert Hurkacz (No. 9).

With that points won and the title in Brisbane, Grigor advanced in the ATP ranking from 17th to 13th place and with that he returned to the group of the top 15 in the world after five years, since November 2018 he was not in that zone and in that drop of play he reached outside the 70 in the world.

The goal now is to sign a 2024 season better than that of 2023 in which it recorded 44 wins and 22 losses

2023: The year Zverev pushed his own limits.

  • The German tennis player recovered from an ankle injury and is playing in the ATP Finals. 
  • During his recovery, “Sascha” took the opportunity to create his Foundation and encourage children suffering from diabetes to overcome their own limits.

Mexico City, November 15, 2023 – There is no doubt that Alexander Zverev is a star on the court, with 21 titles on the ATP circuit at the age of 26; however, he also has an altruistic facet.  

In August 2022, the Hamburg-born tennis player created his foundation to support children suffering from type 1 diabetes and prevent more people from being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, driven mainly because “Sascha” himself has suffered from this disease (type 1 diabetes) since he was 4 years old.

Tuesday, November 14 marked World Diabetes Day, a date established since 1991 by the World Health Organization (WHO), and to remember this date the German tennis player uploaded a video to his Instagram account sending a motivational message for people who have been diagnosed with this condition to break their own limits and obstacles to achieve their dreams. 

If we are talking about complex moments, this 2023 has not been easy for Zverev in the sporting arena, as an ankle injury kept him out of the circuit for almost seven months. After recovering, he returned to the Top 10 of the ranking and was able to compete in the ATP Finals in Turin, Italy, at the end of the year. 

Throughout this 2023, the German tennis player overcame his injury and overcame his own limits, as the motto of his foundation says: “The only limit is the one you set for yourself”. 

He won two tournaments that helped him climb up the rankings and regain his rhythm of play, the first one in his hometown in Hamburg during the summer, and the second title he won in Chengdu, China last September. 

Surely in Acapulco we will see a “Sascha” eager to add more titles and overcoming his own limits on the court, as well as promoting his initiatives with his Alexander Zverev Foundation.  

Technical data

Name: Alexander Zverev

Age: 26 years old

Date and place of birth: April 20, 1997 in Hamburg, Germany

Current ATP ranking: 7th (as of November 13, 2023)

Best ATP ranking: 2nd

Coach: Alexander Zverev (father)

ATP titles: 21 championships

MEXTENIS renews its commitment to acapulco

  • MEXTENIS RENEWS ITS COMMITMENT TO ACAPULCO AND MAINTAINS THE “ABIERTO MEXICANO TELCEL PRESENTADO POR HSBC”IN THE PORT FOR 2024

Acapulco, Guerrero, December 14, 2023}

With great enthusiasm and optimism, we are pleased to announce that the “Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC”will take place in Acapulco from February 24 to March 2, 2024. This event marks a significant milestone in the reconstruction and revitalization of this iconic city. By hosting the tournament in Acapulco, we not only promote tennis but also have a positive impact on the local economy and community, bringing vitality to sectors such as tourism, transportation, gastronomy, and hospitality, including job creation in the region. With this celebration, we reaffirm to the world that Acapulco is open and standing strong.

In the words of Álvaro Falla, tournament director, “We express our recognition and gratitude for the great work and support of the people of Guerrero, the audience that has purchased tickets, all our sponsors for their continuous support, and tennis led by the ATP.”

We also thank all the states and venues that supported us and provided the possibility of holding the tournament in other locations. This support was vital to keep hope alive and make the thirty-first edition possible.

Today, the tournament not only celebrates tennis but also represents the unity and renewal necessary to build an even greater Acapulco. Together, we will make it shine again.

Welcome to the “Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC! ”

Always with you, Acapulco!

MEXTENIS

Organizing Committee of the “Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC

MEXTENIS Press Release

Mexico City, Mexico, November 8, 2023

To our fans,

Acapulco needs our help more than ever after the devastating passage of Hurricane Otis. The
impact of this disaster on the city and its inhabitants is immense, and as the Mextenis family,
we are committed to providing long-term support to contribute to its recovery. We are grateful
for the support of our sponsors and together with the government authorities we will work
towards Acapulco’s recovery.

This commitment to the destination is not ephemeral; it is a solid bond that we have forged since
2001, and we reaffirm it in these difficult times. We recognize the importance of this city in the
history of our tournament and in the lives of its residents.

Last Monday, November 6, executives and a Mextenis team visited the facilities of the GNP Seguros
Arena, owned by Grupo Mundo Imperial and where the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC
is held, to review the conditions in which it is located.

After the visit, Mextenis will meet with all the parties involved to study, evaluate and analyze the
different scenarios to hold the XXXI edition of the tournament in 2024 and will announce a decision
as soon as possible.

Also, during this tour in Acapulco, the first aid truck was delivered with the proceeds from the collection
centers established by Mextenis, which will be sent continuously. The collection centers continue to
receive canned goods, bottled water, powdered milk, as well as personal hygiene and cleaning items,
medicines and clothing.

Also remember the alliance we have with the organization Construyendo to receive donations
at the following link:

Or:
Construyendo Comunidades Integrales AC
Banco Santander : Cuenta 014180655063052440

Mextenis is a community united by the passion for the white sport and a deep affection for Acapulco, our home.  
#FuerzaAcapulco #UnidosXAca.

Thank you very much

Organizing Committee

Mextenis

Top 10 will shine in the XXXI Edition of the Abierto Mexicano TELCEL presentado por HSBC 2024

  • The Acapulco Open ATP 500 will take place from February 26th to March 2nd, 2024, and will feature 10 players within the Top 20
  • Five of them are within the Top 10: Holger Rune (No.4), Stefanos Tsitsipas (No.5), Taylor Fritz (No.8), Casper Ruud (No.9), and Alexander Zverev (No.10).

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.

De Minaur promises to go after more titles starting in Acapulco

  • The Australian confesses his love for the Mexican fans and promises to go for more after his first ATP 500 title.

Acapulco, March 5th.- The champion of the XXX edition of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC, Alex de Minaur, declared after defeating American Tommy Paul in the finals that he did not worry about who his rivals were during the tournament.

“I set out to give my best and that’s what I’ve done my whole career. I know there are other players on the circuit that the fans wanted to see but in the end I can’t do anything about it. I came in and played my tournament and I played one match at a time “ he stated in a conference after the match.

At 24, he will return to the Top 20 starting next Monday after the 500 points he just won in Mexico, where he felt the greatest affection by the Mexican audience that supported him during the entire three-set match against Paul.

“For me, the fans have been the best every single day, so I really appreciate it. Every match the court was full and they stayed until 3 in the morning. Things you don’t see in any other tournament in the world,” he said.

The Australian played his third ATP 500 final and it´s the first one he conquered. “I think this title is a merit to my hard work and effort. I´ve always thought I had this level and finally I have proven it. Until now I was not entirely happy with my career, I always want more and being better and even here I want more, this only gives me more strength and motivation to continue growing my dreams that are significantly bigger.”

Of Uruguayan father and Spanish mother, de Minaur grew up between Spain and Australia, so his domain of the local language is recognized. “Effort and strength,” he described about his winning week at the Acapulco Open 500.

De Minaur achieves glory in Acapulco

  • The Australian won the seventh title of his career and as of Monday he will be ranked number 18 in the world.

Acapulco, March 4th – Australian Alex de Minaur beats American Tommy Paul 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 to become the new champion of the XXX edition of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC in just 2 hours and 27 minutes.

The Australian came from behind to win the title. Paul clearly dominated, especially during the first set. The American’s plan to shorten the points and get on the net surprised De Minaur and started to deliver results.

Alex understood that he had to be more aggressive to make another comeback. Although Paul also remained solid, De Minaur was looking to force more and more errors from the American. The reward came with his first break of the night.

Tommy did not give up and managed to break immediately to continue with the possibility of closing the match in two sets. To his misfortune, he lost his serve again in one of the most critical points, when he was serving to tie the match at five.

De Minaur took the second set and from there on it was almost non-stop to victory. Paul couldn´t recover from the emotional blow of losing the second set and showed a very different version for the final set.

Alex came close to sealing the victory with a 6-0 lead in the third set, but Tommy Paul managed to get on the board down the stretch. When he had the opportunity to serve for the championship, De Minaur didn’t hesitate. At 40-15, a hooked forehand from the American made him the champion.

De Minaur won the seventh title of his career and the first of this 2023. With this award, the Australian adds his third consecutive season harvesting a trophy, after the championships in Eastbourne and Antalya in 2021 and Atlanta in 2022, while in 2019 he won the titles in Sydney, Atlanta and Zhuhai.

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