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All Hands On Deck In Acapulco

Acapulco, Mexico

Monaco, Gonzalez© MextenisJuan Monaco and Santiago Gonzalez play tennis aboard a Mexican Navy Boat.

Gilles Simon, Juan Monaco and Santiago Gonzalez visited the Mexican Navy School Boat “Cuauhtémoc” in the Acapulco Bay on opening Monday of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel. The three ATP World Tour players were greeted and invited onto the boat  by the crew.

 “I really enjoyed getting to come out to the bay and visiting the boat,” said Monaco, the No. 6 seed at the ATP World Tour 500 tournament. “It was amazing and the crew has been so nice with us, showing us everything. Being from Argentina, the ‘Golden Swing’ is of course very special and it is always with great pleasure that I come back to the Acapulco tournament.”

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The excursion had extra significance for Cordoba-native Gonzalez, who is playing his last singles tournament this week in his home country. “I am honoured I was invited to come to this visit,” said the 29 year old. “It was amazing to get to be on the boat and visit the inside with the crew.

“I always enjoy coming to Acapulco as I get to play in front of my people. It is my favourite stop on the tour and one of the reasons why I decided to end my singles career here this week.”

Meanwhile, Simon is making his tournament debut this week and was glad to have an opportunity to visit Acapulco for the first time.

“I have enjoyed it very much so far,” said the third-seeded Frenchman. “People have been really nice and welcoming and the place is beautiful. I always heard from other players how nice of a tournament it was and thought this year was a great opportunity to come.”

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