Rune, Tsitsipas and Ruud lead the Mexican Tennis Open
The danish Holger Runefourth in the world ranking, heads the list of participants in the Mexican Tennis OpenATP 500 tournament, which will be held from February 26 to March 2 in Acapulco.
In a press conference, the organizers confirmed that Rune, 20, is the head of a group of 10 confirmed figures, five of them among the first 10 positions in the world rankings.
The Greek Stefanos Tsitsipasfifth in the world, the American Taylor Fritzeighth, the Norwegian Casper Ruudninth and German Alexander Zverevtenth, complete the list of the 'Top 10' in which the big absentee will be the Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz.
Alcaraz, who played Acapulco when he was a rookie far from the best in the world, dropped out at the last minute in the last two years and in 2023 he will not be there because, according to the tournament owners, he will go to the United States from the Rio de Janeiro tournament. United to play in March Indian Wells Master 1000.
Five other players in the top 20 were confirmed this year, the American Frances Tiafoe, eleventh, the American Tommy Paul thirteenth, the Italian Lorenzo Musettieighteenth, the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrovnineteenth, and the American Ben Sheltontwentieth.
Alvaro Falla, tournament director, explained that they have been in talks with the two players with the most Grand Slams won, the Serbian Novak Djokovic and spanish Rafael Nadalbut they will not be in Acapulco in 2024, unless they decide at the last minute.
We want Nole to join us at some point; There is a bidding between several tournaments to see who wins it and we hope to have it at some point. As for Rafa, he is in a moment of recovery and is on the right track.
The Open will be played on hard courts with a prize pool of two million 13,940 dollars, it will be held for the first time a week after the ATP 250 in Los Cabos, the other major tournament in Mexico, and before the Master 1000 in Indian Wells and Miami.
The Mexican back to back (Los Cabos and Acapulco one after the other) is already beginning to give results by bringing 10 players within the Top 20 to Acapulco, led by 5 players within the Top 10.
In 2023 the Australian won the Open Alex de Minaurwho defeated the American Tommy Paul in the final 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.
De Minaur is not announced for next year, although organizers confirmed that the full list of players will be announced in February.
(With information from EFE)
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