Champions Enjoy Stops In Mallorca And Monterrey
by ATP Staff|
The players of the ATP Champions Tour love getting out on the court to compete against some of their fellow legends. But part of what makes the tour so special are the venues those competitors visit and the amazing fans that cheer them on.
This week at the Legends Cup in Mallorca, Spain and the Abierto GNP Seguros in Monterrey, Mexico, the champions were not disappointed by two terrific venues and atmospheres.
“First time in Monterrey, beautiful city. Got the lovely mountains and a great facility, so you can’t ask for more,” said Greg Rusedski, who earned third place in Monterrey. “The tournament venue is absolutely perfect because during the week they play a Challenger event here as well and then to have the legends in the evening makes it a lot of fun and they have a great stadium court so what more could we ask for?”
The Club Sonoma, which had previously hosted four WTA Tour tournaments, held this year’s event in Mexico. In April, GNP Stadium was inaugurated with the capability of holding 5,000 fans, making it the first professional tennis stadium in Latin America.
“It was great. Good crowd, great court – beautiful centre court under the lights,” said former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic. “[I] really enjoyed it.”
The Legends Cup, which was won for the second year in a row by Carlos Moya, was contested at the Palma Sport & Tennis Club, a venue designed by the same architect who built the home of soccer team FC Barcelona, Camp Nou. And it was a bit like a soccer atmosphere in Mallorca during the event, especially in support of its hometown hero, Moya.
“It was a lot of fun – full crowd and Carlos was very into the match,” Thomas Enqvist said. “Playing Carlos here in his home town was very special.”
Moya was not the only Spaniard in the tournament. For Alex Corretja the venue and the home crowd made for an exciting event.
“For me it’s one of the highlights of the year because they take care of us unbelievably well. We stay in an amazing hotel. The Palma Tennis Club is such a great club. It’s a beautiful atmosphere,” said Corretja, the runner-up. “The people come to see me and hopefully I can offer some nice moments and I’m very accessible to people. I can talk to them. I can take pictures with them. I can sign autographs. We can share experiences, you know? At the same time, it’s good, we play good tennis still, which is good for the crowd.”
And when both players and fans walk away happy, could anything be better? Perhaps Mark Philippoussis said it best after playing Thomas Enqvist: “Champions Tour - win or lose you still win!”