10 Years On, Acapulco Honoured Again
Tournament has extra reason to celebrate its 25th anniversary and the 10th anniversary of its first win as ATP World Tour 500 Tournament of the year
After an entertaining final featuring Top 10 stars Juan Martin del Potro and Kevin Anderson, the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC concluded its 25th edition. But, it was not just Del Potro who was celebrating. ATP Executive Chairman and President Chris Kermode presented Renata Burillo, Chairman of Grupo Pegaso, and Tournament Director Raul Zurutuza with a trophy honouring the Acapulco event's place as one of the Tournaments of the Year in the 2017 ATP World Tour Awards presented by Moët & Chandon.
Ten years after first receiving this award, the Abierto Mexicano Telcel has once again been named the ATP World Tour 500 Tournament of the Year. The event, held at the Acapulco Princess Mundo Imperial, switched to blue hard courts in 2014 after 20 years on clay. Tickets for all sessions of the 25th edition were sold out months before the start of the event.
“It is an honour for Grupo Pegaso to receive this recognition from the players of the ATP World Tour,” said Renata Burillo, President of Grupo Pegaso. “We thank the players, all the fans, the media and sponsors that made this possible. We will work hard to keep improving in the years to come.”
Zurutuza said that the award was a recognition of the tournament’s long list of enhancements. "We moved Court Three and Court Four... to the parking lot. We moved the press room, we have a new television compound, we added 1,500 seats to the main stadium," he said. "Those improvements are well deserved for a tournament that sold all of the tickets within two months of announcing the player field."
The Tournament of the Year awards, voted annually by ATP World Tour players, recognise the leading standards set across the three tournament categories on the Tour. The BNP Paribas Open and the Qatar ExxonMobil Open won the remaining two awards, in the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and 250 tournament categories respectively.
Visit the official ATP World Tour Awards section on ATPWorldTour.com.