Improve your game whilst watching the best young professionals in Europe at idyllic Portugese academy
Europe’s aspiring professionals will again be thrashing it out for a $15,000 prize fund at an ITF sanctioned tournament at The Campus in Portugal, where you can also enjoy the first class facilities and coaching on offer.
The 2017 junior Wimbledon champion will be attempting to retain the trophy he won in the 2018 $15k ITF tournament at The Campus in Quinta do Lago, Portugal from 18th to 24th March. Spanish teenager Alejandro Davidovich Fokina is currently ranked number 184 in the ATP rankings and only last week made it to the final of an ATP challenger in Bangkok where he lost out in a close fought final to Australian Grand Slam regular James Duckworth
The Campus head coach Zé Pereira Lopes predicts that this years event will be an even better standard than 2018. “We saw some fantastic tennis at the ITF event at The Campus last year and everyone is looking forward to another great tournament in 2019. The standard of tennis at this level of the game is incredible and it shows the quality you need to have to make it in the professional ranks and move towards a top 100 ranking. Our aim is to stage the best event possible and we feel we have some of the best courts and great organization for the players that come to play here. We are all so excited to welcome some great players to The Campus once again.”
2019 has seen a new-look ITF calendar introduced which has caused a huge amount of controversy especially from a large number of rather unhappy players. In fact there is currently a 12,000 signature petition signed by the players in the hands of the ITF administrators. The petition is demanding considerable changes to the new format and already the ITF have responded by increasing the number of players in some qualifying draws. We wait to see how many more changes the players can force onto the ITF.
For anyone wanting to attend the 2019 tournament these are some of the players to keep an eye on:
Andres Fernandez Canovas (Age 19)
Sitting at the top of the draw for the M15 event at The Campus this Spanish teenager won his first ITF doubles title in 2017 and he will be eager to add singles glory to his record at Quinta do Lago.
Luis Diego Chavez (Age 23)
This Bolivian has been playing tennis since the age of five and he has been battling to make a break onto the main ATP Tour by playing on the ITF circuit in recent years.
Evan Morgan (Age 17)
A Portuguese player who is certain to have good support from local fans at The Campus, he is cutting his teeth on the ITF tour and is tipped to make his mark at a higher level.
The Campus itself offers high quality hard courts accompanied by a newly launched, state of the art, high performance fitness centre that includes top of the range gym equipment and world class recovery and wellness facilities. For more information visit their website here
About The Campus
Built in the summer 2017, The Campus provides training, coaching and wellbeing facilities to Quinta do Lago residents and guests alike. The sports and wellbeing hub and high performance training centre caters for adults and juniors and families enjoying a family sports holiday, through to elite professional athletes is designed to cater for elite professional athletes, Olympians and international sports teams.
The Campus is located just 15 minutes from Faro airport and the resort offers guests an unparalleled location benefiting from a year-round temperate climate. The resort offers a variety of lifestyle and sporting pursuits, a strong sense of community and offers residents, guests and holiday makers alike the chance to train, exercise and socialize.
What’s on offer:
- High performance gymnasium
- Centre for active living and sports medicine
- Recovery suite including hot/cold plunge pools and sauna and steam rooms
- Stadium specification locker room, Team rooms with high tech analysis capability
- 25m heated indoor swimming pool
- Four acrylic tennis courts, Two synthetic clay tournament specification tennis courts, Four padel courts with shock pad features
If you can’t visit the tournaments you love then do the next best thing and read our guide on how to watch all the ATP Tour matches on television in 2019
(This article was brought to you in association with The Campus and Quinta do Lago resort, Portugal)