THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 500 + WTA INTERNATIONAL Abierto Mexicano Telcel
From 02/27 to 03/04
Money prize: $ 1,633,690 + $ 226,750
Surface: Hard outdoor
Tournament location: Calle Costera de las Palmas s/n, Granjas del Marqués, 39931 Acapulco, Gro., Mexico
How to get: Tennis courts are far about 9.6 km and 20 minutes driving from Acapulco Guerrero. General Huan Intl. Airport is located at abot 9 km from tennis. You can get a 14 minutes taxi ride to get in.
Previous ATP Winners: 2016 Dominic Thiem – 2015 David Ferrer – 2014 Grigor Dimitrov – 2013 Rafa Nadal – 2012/2011/2010 David Ferrer
Previous WTA Winners: 2016 Sloane Stephens – 2015 Timea Bacsinszky – 2014 Dominika Cibulkova – 2013/2012 Sara Errani – 2011 Gisela Dulko – 2010 Venus William
Main Atp players: Milos Raonic (Can) – Marin Cilic (Cro) – Dominic Thiem (Aut) – Rafa Nadal (Esp) – David Goffin (Bel) – Mick Kyrgios (Aus) – John Isner (Usa) – Jack Sock (Usa) – Ivo Karlovic (Cro) – Alexander Zverev (Ger)
Main Wta Players: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Rus) – Monica Niculescu (Rou) – Jelena Ostapenko (Lat) – Christina Mchale (Usa) – Kristina Mladenovic (Fra) – Monica Puig (Por) – Eugenie Bouchard (Can) – Shuai Zhang (Chn) – Annika Beck (Ger) – Lesia Tsurenko (Ukr) – Shelby Rogers (Usa)
THE TOWN: Acapulco is the original Mexican resort town. Still, it remains a major destination and a worthwhile trip and is the number two Mexican spring break destination among U.S. college students. Lonely Planet writes about it:
“Acapulco was Mexico’s original party town, with a stunning topography of soaring cliffs curling into a series of wide bays and intimate coves, fringed with sandy beaches and backed by jungle-green hills. It was dubbed the ‘Pearl of the Pacific’ during its heyday as a playground for the rich and famous, including Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Elizabeth Taylor and Judy Garland. John F Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline honeymooned here, and it was immortalized in films such as Elvis’ Fun in Acapulco and TV’s The Love Boat.
Acapulco remains gorgeous, though overdeveloped. Worse, the city’s reputation has been tarnished by years of violent battles in Mexico’s ongoing drug wars. Despite the frightening homicide statistics, the violence is largely confined to internecine gang struggles for supremacy. International tourism has plummeted, but the city remains comparatively safe to visit. It still offers plenty of atmosphere and charm, with romantic cliffside restaurants, VW Beetle taxis, an impressive 17th-century fort, a world-class botanical garden, cliff divers and the old town’s charming shady zócalo. And when you tire of the crowds, secluded beaches such as Pie de la Cuesta are just a short trip away.“
TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN ACAPULCO:
- La Quebrada
- Capilla de la Paz (Chapel of Peace)
- El Fuerte de San Diego
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- Holiday Inn Resort Acapulco. Beautiful *** hotel rated 8.2 on Booking and located in central Acapulco Bay at just 600 mt from bars and restaurants of Costera Avenue. Featuring free wifi, fitness centre, outdoor pool and an a-la-carte onsite restaurant. A 38 mq2 cozy double room costs just 69$ per night breakfast included.
- Hotel Acapulco Malibu. Fabulous**** accomodation directly on Costera Avenue, this hotel has private beach, outdoor pool, delicious restaurant and free wifi. Daily price for a double is 70$ for a 18 mq2 king room in b&b. Rated 8.6 on Booking.
- Encanto Acapulco. Superb ***** hotel rated 9.3 on Booking and voted best hotel in Acapulco by Tripadvisor’s users, this accomodation overlooks Acapulco Bay and features a swimming pool and boasting view to the Ocean. It offers free wifi and parking, a gym, a spa, a business centre and the fantastic The Terraza restaurant. A 44 mq2 deluxe king suite costs 187$ per night.
In the prices are not included 19/20% local taxes.
Enjoy this mexican TennisTrip!