The Belarusian Victoria Azarenka, twice champion of the Australian Open, was confirmed today in the women’s main draw of the Mexican Tennis Open, which will take place in Acapulco from February 25 to March 2 next.
The organizers of the contest announced that Azarenka, of 29 years, received a ‘wild card’, which will include it among the favorites of the women’s tournament that will have like first favorite the American Sloane Stephens, fourth of the ranking of the WTA.
In addition to the Belarusian, 48 of the world list, and the American, monarch of the US Open 2017, will head the picture the Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu, 26 of the world, the Taiwanese Su-Wei Hsieh (27) the Croatian Donna Vekic ( 29) and the American Danielle Collins (35).
The men’s Open competition is category 500 of the ATP and will be headed by the Spanish Rafael Nadal, second in the world ranking.
Nadal, champion in 2005 and 2013, will seek his third scepter against some of the best in the world as the German Alexander Zverev, third racket in the world, and the South African Kevin Anderson, fifth.
This Thursday was confirmed the departure of the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, 24 of the ranking, injured on one shoulder, who will be replaced by the British Cameron Norrie (64).
Acapulco will run in fast court and will have other players included in the top 50 in the world including American John Isner (9), Argentine Diego Schwartzman (20), Australian Alex de Minaur (28), American Steve Johnson (34) ) and the Italian Andreas Seppi (3t).
Among the attractions of version 2019 of the Open will be the presence of Spanish David Ferrer, monarch in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015, who received a ‘wild card’ and will begin his farewell tour in Acapulco as a professional that will culminate in Barcelona, April, and Madrid, in May.
This year, the Mexican Open will have a prize pool of 1,931,110 dollars in the men’s contest and 250,000 in the women’s contest. The difference has to do with the fact that the men’s tournament is of category 500, higher than the International seal of female competition. (EFE) .-