Former Greats Have Fun On- And Off-The-Court In Mallorca
by ATP Staff|
The former ATP World Tour players came for the tennis, but they enjoyed their time off the court at the Legends Cup in Mallorca almost just as much.
Tommy Haas, in his ATP Champions Tour debut, won the 2018 Legends Cup, hosted at the Palma Sport & Tennis Club. The German, who retired from the ATP World Tour earlier this year after a 21-year career, beat two-time defending champion and home favourite Carlos Moya in the final.
Haas, however, was just as thrilled to simply be back in Mallorca and competing at the world-class club.
“It’s a great venue here and great to be back in Mallorca where I first started coming here over 30 years ago with my family,” Haas said. “It is great to be back and have a lot of the past champions alongside you... Just to be out there, competing a little bit, having fun, trying to stay in shape, playing some good tennis in front of a crowd that really enjoys it is a lot of fun.”
Moya couldn't bring home a third Legends Cup title to the Rafa Nadal Academy, where he still plays and hits with players. But the Spaniard also enjoyed the world-class destination. The Palma Sport & Tennis Club was designed by the same architect who built the home of soccer team FC Barcelona, Camp Nou.
“It’s growing,” Moya said of the event. “It has become more of a social event rather than a tennis event, which is good. So many people want to be here. They also like to see tennis but they want to be here so yes, it is one of the events that is not in summer so it helps Mallorca bring so many people [out of season]. It is great, they are putting a lot of effort to make this event even bigger, and I will support it as many years as I can.”
Belgium's Xavier Malisse, who fell in the semi-finals to Moya, said he felt even more motivated to do well because of the special surroundings.
“It’s just so relaxed, everybody, the organisation, the club are just unbelievably nice. And just the setup, you come in there’s a bar, then the arena is beautiful, and it’s just a cosy place to play in, which makes me want to play better,” Malisse said. “Everything was perfect. Beautiful weather and beautiful setting so I’m very happy.”
It's a sentiment shared by the hundreds who attended the Legends Cup as well.