World Tennis Tournament Here

Get your tickets and a front row seat
BY: CATHY WATKINS

The tennis world will focus on Cabo when we host the third edition of the ATP World Tour 250 Tournament. The Los Cabos Mexican Open will be held from July 30th to August 4th at Cabo del Mar, a residence, school, and sports facility.

Grupo Pegaso has experience in promoting ATP world tennis tournaments.   For 25 years it has successfully promoted the Acapulco tournament which has an attendance of over 50,000 and it expects to earn its way to the same kind of success with the Los Cabos tournament, which for now has a $800,000 purse. Jose Antonio Fernandez, Director of the tournament, coordinates with city and government officials to ensure a successful event.  Grupo Pegaso not only promotes the sport of tennis and the tournament, but the destination of Los Cabos as well.

The tournament is expected to draw 20,000 visitors to Los Cabos which includes spectators and press. With a draw of 20,000 visitors this will be the largest event that takes place in Cabo. Last year, 16,890 people attended which was up by nearly 5,000 from the first year in 2016.  It took 14 years for the tournament in Acapulco to accomplish this type of participation.    In order to accommodate such a large number of people in one week, extra flights will be added from Mexico City, Guadalajara, Tijuana, Culiacan, and Monterrey.   The event is also being promoted in Texas and California and a large number of fans from these states are expected to attend.  The official 2018 hotel headquarters is the Solaz Resort on the fourlane.  The Marriot Luxory Collection Hotel located in the Solaz development will house the players and visitors.  In 2019, the entire tournament will move to the Solaz development. That is if they finally get their courts built. Cabo del Mar is just jumping in with their courts now to save the day.  Every year the stadium must be built and then taken down.   Grupo Pegaso works hand in hand with Grupo Portus from Cabo Del Mar and the architects and engineers to ensure the project is ready by the deadline.  The stadium will seat 3,500 people and the grandstand another 1,000.  The tennis courts are a hard court surface with lights for playing at night.   

August is definitely hot in Cabo, and this was taken into account when planning the schedule, as the games will be played later in the day. Monday through Thursday the games start at 5:00 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday at 7:00 p.m. The promoters will also create spaces for families to gather and shaded areas. 

Several renowned players representing countries from around the world have already been confirmed.  There will be 28 singles players and 16 players for doubles matches. Here are some of the top players with their ATP ranking. 

Juan Martin Del Potro

Ranked 4- Argentina

Sam Querrey

Ranked 13- United States

Jack Sock

Ranked 14- United States

Fabio Fognini

Ranked 15- Italy

Filip Krajinovic

Ranked- 30 France

Feliciano Lopez

Ranked 37- Spain

Ryan Harrison

Ranked 58- United States

Taylor Fritz

Ranked 69-United States

Thanasi Kokkinakis

Ranked-157 Australia

Tickets are reasonably priced to encourage access for everyone.  Prices range from $20 to $88 dollars for a one-day ticket.  Tickets are available at the Koral concierge located in the Hampton Inn, in San Jose del Cabo and at the courts in Cabo Del Mar in Cabo San Lucas as well as Ticketmaster.  The Koral is open from Monday to Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (52-624-104-0127).  Tickets can be purchased at the courts in Cabo Del Mar behind the Cabo San Luas Country Club. (52-624-688-4526).  On-line go to Ticketmaster Mexico, http://www.ticketmaster.com.mx.

Players from Mexico will have a chance to attend the tournament as spectators.  During the month of June, tournaments are played in eight cities in Mexico.  The final round will be played in Cabo just before the ATP 250.  These players are from 10 to 21 years old, and the lucky winners from each state in the age group 14 will get to go to Cabo to experience this event firsthand.  Perhaps inspiring the next world champion.  Also, Grupo Pegaso will continue to support Mexican players with wild cards to participate in the ATP 250 Tournament.

This event will take tennis to the international level for Los Cabos.  Only 31 countries out of 154 in the world can say they have the privilege to host an ATP tournament.  This sporting event will be broadcast around the world for 361 hours of transmission through 76 means of communication which includes 54 T.V. stations reaching 152.6 million people on five continents.  ESPN2 will broadcast live for 27 hours all week and radio coverage will be by Grupo Imagen. Arturo de La Rosa, former mayor of Los Cabos, has stated Cabo is already known as an international destination for fishing and golf, and now tennis can be added to the list.   The Los Cabos Mexican Open will place the municipality of Los Cabos in the eyes of the world this August and for many years to come.