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Matteo Arnaldi - Foto Daniel Kondraciuk (MEF Tennis Events)

Tenerife Challenger series continues with Hawk-Eye System

Following the success of the first ATP Challenger Tour 100 tournament in mid-January won by Russian Alexander Shevchenko, the second of a three-week hard-court swing in Tenerife is underway.

The Tenerife Challenger 2, which offers a total prize money of €75,000, is being held at the stunning Abama Tennis Academy in Guía de Isora in the western part of the largest of the Canary Islands.

Thanks to the support of Turismo de Tenerife, the Ayuntamiento de Guía de Isora, the Real Federación Española de Tenis and the Federación Insular de Tenis de Tenerife, the event will feature the Hawk-Eye System, which has been installed on Centre Court for the first time.

The use of Hawk-Eye has been a rarity on the ATP Challenger Tour until now. The well-known computer vision system, which uses several video cameras positioned at different angles of the court, makes it possible to reconstruct the trajectory of the ball and to verify whether the bounce point is in or out. The players of the tournament will be able to ask for the verification of doubtful shots, a further guarantee for them.

“We are very happy to use the Hawk-Eye System for the second of three tournaments we have organised on the island of Tenerife,” explains Marcello Marchesini, president of MEF Tennis Events and tournament director. “We are among the first to adopt this solution on the ATP Challenger Tour and it is something that enriches the tournament.”

Arnaldi leads the field

This week’s semi-finals line-up is led by World No. 130 Matteo Arnaldi. The second-seeded Italian, who had to go the distance in his opening two matches, defeated Oleksii Krutykh from Ukraine 6-4, 6-1 on a sunny Friday afternoon. Arnaldi capitalized on four of his seven break-point chances to prevail in one hours and 10 minutes.

“Krutykh is a friend, and it was not easy to face him. Throughout the challenge I played more and more aggressive tennis and made fewer and fewer mistakes, so I am happy with my performance,” said Arnaldi. “It was not easy to adapt to the surface, but today’s match was my best match of the tournament.”

The 21-year-old Sanremo native will next take on Spaniard Nicolas Alvaraz Varona, who is competing in his first tournament of the season. The wild card entry rallied past his compatriot and qualifier Alejandro Moro Canas 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 in one hour and 54 minutes.

Harris continues fine run of form

In the top half of the draw, Lloyd Harris defeated Italian veteran Roberto Marcora 7-6(4), 6-3. The 175th-ranked South African, who knocked out World No. 111 and top seed Francesco Passaro of Italy in the second round, struck nine aces and won 75 per cent of his first-service points to seal victory in one hour and 38 minutes.

“It wasn’t an easy match. The first set was very tight. I got through some break points there. I served pretty well, which helped me today and I got some more free points,” said Harris, who saved three set points in the first set and needed to take a medical time out in the second when he received treatment on his right thigh.

“I am feeling a bit of stiffness. I was playing a lot of matches. Now, I am trying to recover and let’s see how I will feel tomorrow,” said Harris.

The 25-year-old will next play third-seeded Italian Raul Brancaccio, a 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-0 winner over No. 7 seed Carlos Taberner from Spain. The longest encounter of the day lasted three hours and 24 minutes.

 

 

 

By Florian Heer

Alexander Shevchenko’s long journey from Melbourne to the Canary Islands paid off. The 22-year-old, who fell in the first round of the qualifying at the Australian Open to Jan-Lennard Struff, claimed the title of the Tenerife Challenger I. Shevchenko defeated Sebastian Ofner from Austria 7-5, 6-2 on Sunday afternoon.

In perfect weather conditions with a lot of sunshine, temperatures of 22 degrees Celsius and in great atmosphere on Centre Court of the Abama Tennis Academy in Guía de Isora, Shevchenko was the better player right from the beginning.

The World No. 157 set the tone early, broke Ofner’s service in the fifth game but couldn’t serve the opening set out in the 10th game after missing a couple of baseline shots. However, Shevchenko stayed calm and took the set two games later after one hour and 10 minutes.

Shevchenko carried the momentum of winning set one into the second set and gained another early break in the first game. Ofner came back again but the youngster showed his fighting spirit and a great display of tennis to eventually close the match out, winning 55 per cent of the total points played in one hour and 48 minutes.

Winning in great atmosphere

“Today’s match was very really tough,” said Shevchenko, who is based in Austria and coached by Günter Bresnik, but was accompanied by his father during his stay in Tenerife.

“I knew Sebastian is a great player and I had to be aggressive. I also had to win some of the points on my defence, what I did. I served and returned well, that’s why I won today.

“The crowd was amazing. I hope that every Challenger would have a crowd like this. It was great, a lot of fun and many emotions I will remember for the rest of my career.”

By lifting his second ATP Challenger career trophy following his maiden triumph in Bratislava, Slovakia in April last year, Shevchenko pocketed €16,020 in prize money as well as 100 ATP Ranking points.

“I am close to the Top 100, but I still have to work hard to achieve it,” Shevchenko said.

Ofner, who appeared in his eighth Challenger career final, earned € 9,415 in prize money as well as 60 ATP Ranking points.

The Tenerife Challenger series will continue January 29 with an ATP Challenger 75 tournament.

Sebastian Ofner - Foto Daniele Combi (MEF Tennis Events)

by Florian Heer

Sebastian Ofner and Alexander Shevchenko will compete in Sunday’s singles final of the Tenerife Challenger I. On another sunny day on the largest of the Canary Islands, Ofner stopped the run of Hungarian qualifier Mate Valkusz, winning 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday.

In a highly entertaining match on Centre Court of the Abama Tennis Academy in Guía de Isora, the 26-year-old Austrian gained first blood by breaking Valkusz’s serve in the sixth game. Ofner played some decent returns, was solid on his own serve and took the first set in 30 minutes. The World No. 193 kept going, dictated most of the rallies from the baseline and earned an early break in the second set. From then on, Ofner didn’t look back and secured victory in one hour and 14 minutes. 

“I feel very comfortable here and played very well today in a match with a lot of tough rallies and in front of a great crowd. Overall, I am very pleased with my last performances. Every match is very close and most of them can go either way, but I am mentally very strong,” said Ofner, who considered his performance against Valkusz as the best of the season so far. 

“Winning four consecutive matches and starting the year with a final at Challenger level is fantastic,” he added.

Ofner enjoyed an effective pre-season preparation, which seemed to pay off and also gained worldwide media attention during the World Tennis League exhibition tournament in Dubai last month by facing Novak Djokovic. 

“It was fun, and I was lucky to play there. Although it was only an exhibition, it helped me, and it gave me confidence. It wasn’t an official match but playing with that intensity against Nole means that there is nothing you really have to be afraid of,” said Ofner. 

Shevchenko fights past Maestrelli

Later in the afternoon, Shevchenko defeated Next-Gen ATP Italian Francesco Maestrelli. In a match with a couple of close calls and controversial discussions, the No. 5 seed capitalized on three of his seven break-point opportunities to prevail after one hour and 45 minutes. 

“It was an unbelievable fight out there today,” Shevchenko said afterwards. “Francesco played a fantastic last season. His serve is amazing and really tough to return. I needed to be at 100 per cent to beat him today.” 

Final between two good friends

Ofner, a winner of four Challenger crowns, will appear in his eighth Challenger career final, his first since lifting the trophy in Prague, Czech Republic in April last year. Shevchenko could claim his second title on the Challenger Tour following his maiden triumph on clay in Bratislava, Slovakia in June 2022.

“I also like to play on hard court,” Shevchenko said and is looking forward to the championship match. “The surface is not that fast here. I like the conditions.”

Ofner and Shevchenko will meet for the first time in an official match, but the pair know each other pretty well, as both players were previously coached by Günter Bresnik. While Ofner started to join forces with Wolfgang Thiem, Shevchenko still has a strong relationship with the Austrian star coach.

“We are really good friends,” Shevchenko said about Ofner. “He is a great person and I respect him very much. It’s going to be a tough battle and I hope that we deliver a good match.”

Vlad Cornea and Martos Gornes triumph in doubles

In other action, Victor Vlad Cornea from Romania and Spaniard Sergio Martos Gornes clinched the doubles title. The pair defeated Patrik Niklas-Salminen of Finland and Dutchman Bart Stevens 6-3, 6-4 in the final. 

“I had a wonderful week here and a very good start into the season by winning my second title. Hopefully I can keep going like that,” Vlad Cornea said during the trophy ceremony. 

“It was pleasure to play this tournament at home and in these incredible conditions,” Martos Gornes added. 

By claiming their first team title, Vlad Cornea and Martos Gornes split €6,845 in prize money and earned 100 ATP Doubles Ranking points.

by Florian Heer

Professional tennis is back on the sunny island of Tenerife. Three tournaments of the ATP Challenger Tour will be held on the largest of the Canary Islands over the next four weeks. A tournament of the third-highest category, which offers a total prize money of €118,000 is taking place this week on the archipelago, which lies about 300 kilometres off the coast of Morocco and the Western Sahara and over 1,200 kilometres from the south coast of mainland Spain.

Tennis facility in a dreamlike ambience

Even the approach to the Abama Tennis Resort is spectacular. With the small neighbouring island of La Gomera always in view, the serpentine roads in the south-western municipality of Guía di Isora lead past banana plantations and a castle-like, terracotta-coloured luxury hotel to the tennis complex. From here, palm trees and an extensive green area with an adjoining golf resort overlook the Atlantic Ocean.

In the middle of it all are the seven tennis courts, which have already been used for the ATP Challenger and WTA tournament at the end of 2021, the first year the tournament was held. All hard courts are equipped with floodlight including the Centre Court with a capacity of about 600 spectators.

Valkusz continues fine run of form

The 32-man-singles draw of the Tenerife Challenger I has been whittled down to the final four. In the bottom half, qualifier Mate Valkusz continued his excellent run of form this week by knocking out World No. 120 and second-seeded Italian Francesco Passaro, the highest-ranked player left in the singles draw after top favourite Radu Albot from Moldova fell in the opening round to US-American Nicolas Moreno de Alboran in straight sets. Valkusz defeated Passaro 6-4, 6-3 on Friday in perfect tennis conditions with a lot of sunshine and temperatures around 22 degrees Celsius. The 24-year-old from Hungary converted five of his eight break-point chances to secure victory in one hour and 32 minutes. 

“I was focusing on his backhand, as I knew that his forehand is much better. That’s why I could win the rallies backhand cross,” said Valkusz after the match. “I could move him well on the court. My serve worked well, and he couldn’t really attack my second serve. I think that he was not feeling his best, but he is close to the Top 100 and competes at the highest level, so it’s a big win for me.”

Valkusz reached his fourth semi-final on the ATP Challenger Tour after finishing runner-up to Italian veteran Paolo Lorenzi in Cordenons, Italy in 2018 and reaching the stages of the final four in Mauthausen, Austria and Split, Croatia last season. The World No. 278, who was a top-ranked junior in 2016 but struggled with a wrist and shoulder injury in the past years, is trying to get back to his best. 

“I am still expecting more from me. I was successful at junior’s level but got injured and was forced to stop playing for a couple of years. I could only play 10 to 12 tournaments per seasons. Now, I am getting better, starting to feel more comfortable on the court,” said Valkusz, who has come to the Canary Islands for the first time. After winning five matches this week here, the Budapest native, who lives and practices in his hometown, is well on his way to establishing a close relationship with Tenerife. 

“It is a beautiful club. I love tennis, especially in a fantastic atmosphere like here, where the courts offer a great view. The people are very nice. The organization is great, and the beach is stunning. It helps me to play my best and I am highly motivated. However, I feel a bit exhausted. I will enjoy some rest now and need to take a nap.”

Next up for Valkusz will be Sebastian Ofner. “There are no weak players here. I need to be at 100 per cent again to reach the final,” Valkusz said about his upcoming task. 

Pain-free Ofner in good shape

Ofner, who had battled past No. 6 seed Luca Nardi of Italy in the first round in three sets followed by a two-set win over Hungarian Fabian Marozsan, showed another decent performance against Riccardo Bonadio. The 193rd-ranked Austrian downed the Italian 6-4, 6-2 in one hour and 11 minutes. 

“I struggled with injuries in the past one and a half years but I have been pain free since the middle of November and things are going very well right now,” said Ofner. “I had a very good pre-season and a good start into the year at the Australian Open. I adapted well to the conditions here. I feel comfortable and feel physically fit. I am happy with my level of tennis and the situation right now.”

Shevchenko: the last seed standing

Alexander Shevchenko leads the top half of the draw. The No. 5 seed edged past Italian qualifier Lorenzo Giustino 6-4, 7-5. Shevchenko struck seven aces and broke his rival’s serve five times to prevail after one hour and 48 minutes. 

“I was very consistent today,” Shevchenko said about the key to success. “I only had a bad start into the second set and Lorenzo caught the momentum but I managed to fight and I am very happy.”

By reaching the semi-finals, the current World No. 157 is sitting on a virtual career-high ranking now (No. 141). Shevchenko is joined by his father here in Tenerife but practices in Austria with Günter Bresnik. The group of Dominic Thiem’s former coach already spent the pre-season in Adeje, situated in the south of the island. 

“I am actually a local here,” Shevchenko said with a smile. “I was staying for one and a half months here, and I like it a lot. The weather and the facilities are great. It’s just beautiful. 

“I have been working with Günter for almost 10 years now and he’s more than a coach for me. He is taking care of me all the time. He watches every match via live stream and we get in touch afterwards. When I lose in a tournament, I go back to Vienna, and we practice together.”

Up next for Shevchenko will be Francesco Maestrelli, who rallied past fellow Italian and wild card entry Matteo Gigante 1-6, 6-1, 6-3 in one hour and 34 minutes.

ALBOT, PASSARO AND VERDASCO LEAD THE SEEDING
GREAT EXPECTATION FOR NARDI AND THE “AZZURRI”

Tenerife, 28 December 2022 – The entry list of the Tenerife Challenger has been officially released. The circuit returns to the Canary Islands, more precisely to the Abama Tennis Academy, which will host three events between January and February. The first, scheduled for January 15-22, is an ATP Challenger 100; two ATP Challenger 75s will follow (from 29 January to 5 February and from 5 to 12 February). In the review organized by MEF Tennis Events on the outdoor hard courts of the renowned academy, the Moldovan Radu Albot will lead the seeding. Followed by the blue Francesco Passaro and the idol of the house Fernando Verdasco. Luca Nardi will also be at the starting line, one of the most interesting prospects in world tennis.

From Passaro to Nardi, lots of Italy in Tenerife – Thirty-three-year-old Radu Albot, who boasts an ATP best ranking of 39 in his career, will be the top seed in the tournament. The Moldovan starts the season as ATP number 103 and his new run-up to the top 100 will also pass to the Canary Islands. In 2023 the Umbrian Francesco Passaro will also try to reach this goal, who after last year’s exploits, wants to continue the climb that in 2022 led him to be a protagonist on the fields of the Foro Italico and the Next Gen ATP Finals; as well as conquering the first ATP Challenger title in Trieste. Fernando Verdasco, three times Davis Cup champion with Spain, semifinalist at the 2009 Australian Open and former world number 7, needs no introduction. The champion born in Madrid, already played in Tenerife in 2021 and distinguished himself by reaching the semi-final. The presence of Italian troops is rich, starting with Matteo Arnaldi (134 ATP) and Luca Nardi (135 ATP). The latter in particular is considered one of the top prospects in world tennis and is called to the maturity season. The tricolor picture is closed by the presence in the main draw of Flavio Cobolli and Riccardo Bonadio, while Spain will also be represented by Carlos Taberner. Among the most prominent names of the excellent entry list, also the German Jan-Lennard Struff and the French Benoit Paire.

The enthusiasm of director Marrero – “It is very important for us to continue organizing tournaments in Tenerife and doing it with MEF Tennis Events is an added value: it is a guarantee of excellent success”. These are the words of David Marrero, director of the three Tenerife Challengers scheduled soon. The former number 5 ATP doubles, as well as champion of the ATP Finals in 2013 paired with Fernando Verdasco, will once again lead the events organized by MEF Tennis Events in the Canary Islands: “We start immediately strong with an ATP Challenger 100 with an excellent entry list. We are always happy to be able to welcome high-level players and in general these tournaments are good for the Spanish movement and for Canarian tennis”.

FREE ENTRY FOR TENNIS SCHOOLS

The Tenerife Challenger opens its doors to Canary Islands’ tennis schools – The dream of many boys and girls who practice sport is to meet live those who have made that dream a reality. Young tennis fans from the Canary Islands will have the opportunity to experience a day in close contact with the professional tennis players participating in the three ATP Challenger Tour tournaments that will take place in Guia de Isora, Tenerife. The organization of the tournament, together with the Tennis Federation of Tenerife and the Canarian Tennis Federation, will involve the tennis schools of the Canary Islands with the KIDS DAY!
The instructors and representatives of the tennis clubs will be able to register their tennis school for one or more days, to be chosen between Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 January, Monday 30 and Tuesday 31 January, Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 February. Registration is done by filling in the attached form. A contact person will then contact the group manager to finalize the details of the visit to the Tenerife Challenger.

The KIDS DAY program varies according to the day and includes:
– PRACTICE SESSION WITH TENERIFE CHALLENGER PLAYERS: The tennis schools that will join will be able to play with the champions of the ATP Challenger tournament (30 minutes)
– PHOTO CALL: During and at the end of training, the boys will be photographed with the players. The photos will be sent via link to the group manager.
– AUTOGRAPH SESSION: Each boy and girl will receive a ball autographed by one of the tournament players.
– FREE ENTRY: Each participating boy will be given a free pass for the whole day. Each participant can bring two companions who will be allowed free access for the whole day.

**** HOW TO REGISTER: To register for the initiative, simply fill in the attached form, or send an email to ticket@meftennisevents.com indicating the day of interest, preferred time slot, number of children/teens (minimum 8 people). The contact person will be contacted to confirm the timetable. Entries by 13 January for Tenerife Challenger 1, by 27 January for Tenerife Challenger 2 and by 3 February for Tenerife Challenger 3.

 

Click here to register!

ALCARAZ: “GREAT PLACE. THE LEVEL WILL BE HIGH”

MARCHESINI: “A RETURN WANTED BY THE PLAYERS”

 

Tenerife, 22 November 2022 – Professional tennis is ready to return to Tenerife. After hosting a WTA 250 and an ATP Challenger event in 2021, the island is back in the spotlight with three tournaments in the early season calendar. MEF Tennis Events consolidates the relationship with the Canary Islands and with the Abama Tennis Academy, which will be the stage of the events. An ATP Challenger 100 will be played on the outdoor hard courts of the renowned facility from 15 to 22 January, while two ATP Challenger 75 will be played from 29 January to 5 February and from 5 to 12 February. The events were presented at the press conference held at the Abama Resort Tenerife, with the number 1 in the world Carlos Alcaraz among the speakers. The announcement of the tournaments is great news for players who, mindful of last season’s success, have been anxiously awaiting Tenerife’s return to the calendar.

 

Alcaraz: “I have great memories of the ATP Challenger circuit” – “I have very good memories of my time in the Challenger Tour and I believe there is no better place for players to compete than Tenerife: the setting is stunning.” There is no doubt for the world number one Carlos Alcaraz, who among his appearances on the ATP Challenger Tour also recalled those in the tournaments in Todi and Gran Canaria in 2020 and 2021, when he was graced with wild cards from MEF Tennis Events. “This is my first time in Tenerife and I was positively surprised, the people are welcoming and the scenery beautiful – the impression of Alcaraz, who chose the island to rest and start recovering from the abdominal injury that prevented him from playing Nitto ATP Finals and Davis Cup -. These days I have been resting. Of course I’m looking forward to getting back on the court, but it’s important to be able to take moments to disconnect at the end of a very long season. I am going to the gym now, but without overdoing it.” During his enforced absence from the tennis courts, the Spanish prodigy has therefore had time to devote his passion for golf on the Abama Golf: “I really enjoy playing and when I can I take time for Golf. Competition with Nadal? I am absolutely not at his level, to get there I need years and a lot of training.”

 

 

Marchesini: “Abama Tennis Academy, a unique location” – The announcement of three tournaments is of course a great satisfaction for Marcello Marchesini, president of MEF Tennis Events: “During last season so many players asked us if we would be able to reorganize the tournaments in Tenerife, this is a testament to the great work done and the beautiful venue. We will play again at the Abama Tennis Academy, a unique place that boasts a Center Court overlooking the ocean.” Among the press conference speakers is proudly attending Carlos Alcaraz, who in his carrer has also participated to MEF Tennis Events tournaments, in fact in 2020 he was the protagonist in Todi and Gran Canaria tournaments: “Announcing these tournaments in the presence of Carlos is a great pleasure and is a confirmation of the importance of the ATP Challenger tour, which in terms of quality of players is close to the major circuit. Alcaraz himself is proof of this. In just over a year Carlos won ATP Challengers to triumphing at the US Open.” Therefore, the anticipation for the start of the new season is growing with the three tournaments that will showcase the island: “For a month Tenerife will be the beating heart of international professional tennis. We thank the Cabildo de Tenerife, Turismo de Tenerife, Real Federación Española, ATP, Ayuntamiento Guía de Isora, Abama Resort management, Federación Insular de Tenis de Tenerife and Federación Canaria de Tenis for the esteem and support they will give to the events.”

 

Brendan Breen’s joy – On a special day for the Abama Tennis Academy, the words of Abama Tennis and Abama Golf director Brendan Breen could not be missed: “For me it is a pride to be here with world number one Carlos Alcaraz. The Abama Resort Tenerife has invested in the facilities to be recognized more and more as an excellence. This is also why the ATP and MEF Tennis Events have once again placed their trust in us by awarding us three ATP Challenger tournaments in 2023. Our goal is to continue to host great events in the future and to do better and better,” remarked the director, who with MEF Tennis Events in 2021 has already taken away the satisfaction of having organized what was awarded as the best WTA 250 of the season. Along with him and Carlos Alcaraz, Pedro Martin, president of the Tenerife Cabildo, and Josefa Mesa, mayor of Guía de Isora, also spoke at the conference.

Tenerife Island is ready to host the stars of world women tennis. From Saturday 16th to Sunday 24th October the Tenerife Ladies Open, a WTA 250 tournament organized by MEF Tennis Events, will take place in the Abama Tennis Academy.

The prestigious event on the fast courts of the Spanish academy can count on the participation of some of the best champions on tour, especially the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, the current world n.7. A tournament that will be based on the respect of the environment.

In fact the athletes will receive, in addition to the welcome kit provided by the organization, the steel bottles agüita, in order to eliminate the excessive use of plastics. “Por un paraíso sin plástico” (for a paradise without plastics) in fact, is the slogan of the company which is a partner of the Tenerife Ladies Open.

Every minute a million of water bottles are sold worldwide – as it is explained in the official agüita’s website –. Less than half of that amount is recycled, and just 7% is used to produce new bottles. Do you know where the majority of all bottles ends up? In our oceans. For the total amount of 15 millions tons of rubbish that ends up in the ocean every year, around 75% is plastics”.

And looking at the future, the framework is not positive at all: “Plastics productions should  quadruplicate by 2050. It’s shocking. Luckily there are small things that we can do in order to avoid this scenario. That’s what we call the 3Rs”.

Just three simple and effective concepts: “Reduce. Tap water is safe to drink here in the Canary Islands, since it respects all the standards established from the European Union. So the easiest and cheapest option is just drinking tap water. Reuse. Agüita’s bottles are made up of 18/8 stainless steel and they are the best way to carry food and drinks. Last but not least: Recycle. These are high quality bottles and they are made to last ages, therefore your agüita bottle will be by your side for a very long time”.

From 10am of Saturday 16th October, the bottles will be available for the tournament spectators in the welcome area of the Tenerife Ladies Open. The best of tennis is coming to Tenerife. And it’s respecting the environment.

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Please use the links below if you are interested in virtually covering the Tenerife Ladies Open. You will be asked to provide contact information in order for us to share press conference times and updates throughout each day via WhatsApp.

Tenerife Ladies Open – WTA 250
Tenerife, Spain (October 18-24):
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All press conferences (post-match and pre-tournament) and 1:1 interviews will take place through video conferencing. As a reminder, all player interview requests must go through a member of the WTA Communications team.

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Tickets for the Tenerife Ladies Open 2021 are on sale!

The Tenerife Ladies Open tickets are on sale! The WTA 250 tournament will be held from 16 to 24 October 2021 in Abama Tennis.

Starting at a price of 10 euros, the Tenerife Ladies Open has launched tickets and weekly passes available for access to the “Tenerife Stadium”. It will be possible to buy two types of daily tickets, one on the “La Gomera” grandstand, overlooking the ocean, and one on the “El Teide” grandstand, located behind the service line. Tickets are valid for one day and spectators will be able to leave the stadium and return by showing the same ticket. In addition to the day passes, a weekly pass is available on the “La Gomera” grandstand.

Additional practice courts and two secondary match courts will be accessible to the public in a limited number.

The “Tenerife Stadium” accommodates 306 seats, assigned according to the Covid-19 protocols. The emergency level 2 now activated on the island, allows access to the public guaranteeing all the safety measures against contagion. Tickets are nominative and holders will only be able to sit in the pre-assigned seat. The numbering of seats, the social distancing and the installation of sanitizing gels along the access routes, will allow the event to take place in a safe and exciting way.

In 2021, the Tenerife Ladies Open became the most important tennis event in the Canary Islands, and is one of the 28 events of the same level organized in 2021 around the world. During the 9 days of the tournament, fans will have the opportunity to see the stars of women’s tennis up close, in a unique context. Fans will be able to enjoy an incredible view right from the stands of the central course: a breathtaking sunset over the ocean, surrounded by palm trees, golf courses and the La Gomera island visible on the horizon.

Tickets and passes can be purchased on the website www.entradas.com by debit or credit card.

The on-site ticket office will be open from Saturday 16 October at 10:00 with payment in cash. Gadgets of the event can be purchased at the Welcome Area. * Free entrance tickets for children under 6 years of age.

Following the damage caused by the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano, the organization has decided to donate part of the proceeds from the ticket office to the nearby island of La Palma.

For any ticket related questions, users can contact the Tenerife Ladies Open via email ticket@meftennisevents.com.

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