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Preview of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel from Acapulco, Mexico from 25th February to March 2nd 2019


 

The Mexican Open, called the Abierto Mexicano Telcel ATP 500 tournament, has been competed for on the ATP Tour since 1993. Originally a clay tournament, it has been played on hard courts since 2014

 

2018 saw local favourite Juan Martin Del Potro take down South Africa’s best ever player Kevin Anderson in 2 straight sets. This year Del Potro is back but he’ll have some stiff competition.

The tournament has traditionally attracted many of the greatest names in tennis with winners including Thomas Muster, Carlos Moya, Rafa Nadal and David Ferrer when it was played on clay. Since making the move to become a hard court tournament in 2014 Grigor Dimitorv, Dominic Thiem and Sam Querrey have all triumphed. The 2019 entry list lives up to this billing with Rafa Nadal, Marin Cilic, Juan Martin del Potro and Stan Wawrinka all entered so far. It promises to be a cracking event.

 

Where is the tournament held?

The Abierto Mexicano Telcel is held every year at the Acapulco Princess Mundo Imperial

 

What dates does the tournament run?

February 25th, 2019 to March 2nd, 2019

 

What court surface is the tournament played on?

The surface is outdoor hard courts

 

 

How many players and how many seeds are in the tournament?

There are a total of 32 men and there will be 8 seeded players in the Men’s singles draw

 

What is the prize money and how many ATP ranking points are available?

The tournament is an ATP 500 which means that the winner receives 2000 ATP or WTA World Ranking points, with the complete breakdown of points and prize money awarded as follows:

Winner – 500 pts – $367,630

Runner up – 300 pts – $184,640

Semi finals – 180 pts – $93,160

Quarter finals – 90 pts – $48,955

2nd round – 45 pts – $24,470

1st round – 20 pts – $13,540

 

Who is the reigning Champions?

In the 2018 Men’s Singles, Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) defeated Kevin Anderson (RSA) 6-4, 6-4 in the final

Where can I buy tickets for the tournament?

You can buy tickets online by clicking here

 

How can I follow the tournament without going there?

To watch the live scores of every match in this tournament as they happen you can use the Tennishead exclusive Live Scores service here.

You can also follow this tournament on their official Twitter here

Alternatively you can watch the tennis live on television and full details of how to do this can be found here


Who has entered the 2019 tournament draw? (This may change nearer the time depending on injuries)

So far the Men’s singles tournament entries are as follows:

  1. Rafael Nadal
  2. Alexander Zverev
  3. Juan Martín Del Potro
  4. John Isner
  5. Diego Schwartzman
  6. Alex de Minaur
  7. Steve Johnson
  8. Andreas Seppi
  9. John Millman
  10. Frances Tiafoe
  11. Tennys Sandgren
  12. Adrian Mannarino
  13. Nicolas Jarry
  14. Dusan Lajovic
  15. Sam Querrey
  16. Taylor Fritz
  17. Nick Kyrgios
  18. Stan Wawrinka
  19. Marius Copil
  20. Peter Gojowczyk
  21. Feliciano Lopez
  22. Cameron Norrie David

Past Champions – Men’s Singles

Prediction for 2019

As always whenever he enters a tournament like this Rafa Nadal will be the fans and many of the experts favourite. Nadal is the highest ranked player that has entered the tournament so to win it he wouldn’t have to beat his arch rivals Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer. For this reason alone we would probably make Nadal our favourite. Nadal last won this tournament back in 2013 but it was played on clay which brings a whole different ‘Rafa’ to the court. Now it’s on a hard court he won’t have it all his own way.

Our next favourite for the title is Del Potro purely because of the passion and commitment he always brings to any tournament that is supported by a partisan crowd like what he’ll experience here. Del Potro is hugely patriotic, he still ives in his home town, so the hordes of south American fans will cheer him from the first shot to the last. Alexander Zverev is also in the draw nd ranked higher than Del Potro, but Zverev still has to prove that he can play at a consistently high level to win these type of tournaments. In fact he’s the sort of player that could easily be shocked early on in the draw if he comes up against an in form lower ranked player.

Good luck to everyone!

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