WTA TENERIFE LADIES OPEN, THE ENTRY LIST IS OUT
SVITOLINA FIRST CANDIDATE FOR THE TITLE
RISKE, SORRIBES TORMO, GIORGI AND PAOLINI ARE ALSO REGISTERED
Tenerife, 23 September 2021 – The appointment with the second WTA 250 tournament organized this season by MEF Tennis Events is approaching. The Abama Tennis Academy of Tenerife will host the Tenerife Ladies Open from 18 to 24 October, the same venue for the men’s Challenger scheduled from 1 to 7 November. Among the stars of the circuit and young promises, the entry list of the women’s tournament has been released, which will be covered on television in over 150 countries.
The entry list – Elina Svitolina‘s presence stands out among the members: the world number 4, one of the queens of the Tour, is hunting for the second title of the season after the triumph in the WTA International in Chicago and aims to win precious points to return on the podium of the ranking, where she arrived in 2017. For the Ukrainian it will be a return to Tenerife, since in the past she did part of the winter training on the Spanish island together with Gael Monfils, a colleague who this year became her husband. In second place on the entry list the American Alison Riske, recent finalist of the WTA 250 in Portoroz, then the Slovenian Tamara Zidansek, semifinalist this year at Roland Garros. The only Spaniard on the list was the warrior Sara Sorribes Tormo, protagonist of an exciting season during which, among various successes, she stood out for the elimination of world number 1 Ashleigh Barty in the first round of the Tokyo Olympic Games. Also awaited for the blue Camila Giorgi (champion of the WTA Premier of Montreal), Jasmine Paolini (winner of Portoroz) and Martina Trevisan (winner of the $ 80,000 tournament in Valencia), for Clara Tauson, Marta Kostyuk and Maria Camila Osorio Serrano.
Marchesini from MEF Tennis Events- Less than a month before the start, the emotion of Marcello Marchesini, president of MEF Tennis Events, is tangible: “After the success of the two Gran Canaria Challengers, staged in Las Palmas at the beginning of the season, our collaboration with the Canary Islands. We knew we could organize a Challenger in Tenerife, then the WTA, mindful of the splendid Parma tournament in May, suggested we repeat ourselves. It seemed right to talk about it with Tenerife Tourism, which welcomed this opportunity with great enthusiasm as well as the Municipality of Guía de Isora and the property where the tennis club is installed, Las Terrazas de Abama. The support of the institutions is essential for our events and also in this case we have found it from the beginning “. The link with Spain is increasingly solid: “We are collaborating strongly with the Real Federación Española de Tenis. There is a very important project to go forward over the years with the organization of a tournament of this level “. In 2020 MEF Tennis Events signed the restart of the sport first in Italy and then internationally. This year the efforts made in the most difficult season of all have paid off: “We thought it was impossible to replicate the events we started in 2020, but the truth is that 2021 was our best year ever. This gives us strength and determination to look to the future with optimism ”.
The pride of Tourism and Federation – There is also the comment from Tenerife Tourism: “By following our new promotional strategy, we are attracting major international sporting events that perform a double function: the direct impact from the point of view of the value of the destination as well as the international promotion of the excellent infrastructure we have, in addition to the landscape and the mild climate. This tournament will be a fantastic opportunity for residents and potential visitors to enjoy a great sporting spectacle of the highest level ”. In closing the statements of Miguel Díaz Román, president of the Real Federación Española de Tenis: “For RFET it is always a pleasure to host a new tournament in our country. Spain is a land of champions who have been forged thanks to the important network of clubs we have throughout the country. In four years we have given a change to international competitions by increasing the number of tournaments very significantly. Therefore, hosting the Tenerife Ladies Open is a great joy. I would like to thank and congratulate the organizers because it is not easy to organize a WTA 250 these days ”.
Santos and Marrero – Paul Santos, Councilor for Sport of the Municipality of Guía de Isora is ready for the event: “For the Municipality of Guía de Isora, hosting this event is a source of pride and is a new opportunity to emerge on the map as one of the main destinations of sports tourism in the Canary Islands. The quality of the facilities and the good climate make Guía de Isora an attractive destination for sports 365 days a year “. Tournament director David Marrero, former number 5 in the doubles world echoes him: “The entry list is incredible. We will have a top 5 and other stars of the WTA circuit, I’m sure it will be a week of great tennis from all points of view. Personally, I am grateful to MEF Tennis Events for the opportunity to direct a tournament of this level: I can’t wait for the adventure to begin. ”
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