October 11, 2017
LUNCHEON-PRESS CONFERENCE OF THE ABIERTO JUVENIL MEXICANO
MEXICO CITY– The ITF Grade A, Abierto Juvenil Mexicano, one of the most important junior tournaments in the world, hosted a luncheon-press conference today to announce its 2017 edition which will take place November 13th through the 19th with the participation of more than 250 junior players from over 40 countries.
Jorge Nicolin, the Tournament Director, attributed the success the event has achieved not only to the level of talent of the junior players which regularly participate in the tournament, but also to the synergy created with strategic allies and sponsors. A key element in this formula of success is the Centro Deportivo Chapultepec (CDCH), the venue of the tournament since 2011, which is repeatedly rated by the world-traveled junior players as one of their favorites clubs due to the quality of its sports and cultural infrastructure.
DISTINGUISHED PRESIDIUM OF STRATEGIC ALLIES & SPONSORS
The press conference was presided by the host, Jorge Nicolin, Director of both the tournament and the CDCH, who was accompanied by Jose Antonio Flores, FMT President; Manuel Portilla, CONADE; Geoffrey Fernandez, Los Cabos Open Director; Arturo Olive, NFL Mexico Director; Alejandro Hutt, Alazraki Sports & Beyond Sports Director; Ignacio Cardenas, Hotel Camino Real Director; Felipe Montelongo, Aeromexico Sponsorships Manager; Fundacion Becar President; Virginia Sendel, Michou y Mau Fundacion para Niños Quemados President; and Sergio Campos, Fundacion Mier y Pesado Patron.
QUARTET OF NORTH AMERICAN TOURNAMENTS
The Abierto Juvenil Mexicano is the tournament that initiates the quartet of North American year-end tournaments which includes the Orange Bowl, Eddie Herr and the Yucatan Cup.
For the junior players, this is a great opportunity to play four of the most important ITF events in one month. This is made possible by the fact that most of the main cities in Mexico are approximately a two-hour-and-a-half flight from Florida, USA, where the Orange Bowl and Eddie Herr are played.
TOP ITF PLAYERS
Year after year, the tournament attracts some of the best junior players in the world.
In 2016, we had the two ITF No. 1s participate, Miomir Kecmanovic and Anastasia Potapova.
This year, we will have ten of the best fifty junior players, including Taylor Johnson, the defending champion and ITF top-ranked player.
THE FUTURE STARS OF THE ATP & WTA
Some of the biggest legends of tennis have left their mark at the Abierto Juvenil Mexicano, which dates back to 1977, when it was known as the Copa Internacional Casablanca.
This list of tennis legends is long and distinguished, starting with the best player of all times, Roger Federer, and continuing with Ivan Lendl, Juan Martin del Potro, Goran Ivanisevic, Gabriela Sabatini, Thomas Muster and Caroline Wozniacki, among many others.
The greatness behind those names is the reason behind the slogan of our tournament, “The Future Legends of Tennis”.
MEXICAN JUNIOR TALENT
The local players have traditionally done well in this tournament, with singles and doubles champions in both the girls and boys events.
This year, Mexico’s key player is Alan Rubio Fierros, ITF TOP 50, currently training at the prestigious IMG Academy and recently granted a scholarship to play for the University of Central Florida.
Two other strong mexican contenders are the members of the Telcel Team, Alejandro Hernández and Marcelo Sepúlveda, and expectations are also high regarding their results.
Will we have a Mexican champion this year? is probably one of the most frequently asked questions this year.
ATP 500 & 250 WILDCARDS
Since 2016, the Abierto Juvenil Mexicano and Mextenis have joined efforts to support young local tennis talent.
Wildcards to the qualification rounds of the Acapulco ATP 500 and Los Cabos ATP 250 will be awarded to the two mexican junior players obtaining the best results in our tournament.
This represents an invaluable opportunity for them to play against some of the best ranked ATP players in the world.
“MI CASA ES SU CASA” CONTINUES TO BE THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE CAMINO REAL HOTEL
The Camino Real Polanco, a landmark of modern architecture, is the home of the players during the duration of the tournament, and its president, Ignacio Cardenas traditionally welcomes them with the phrase, “mi casa es su casa”.
Among the prominent guests of this five-star hotel have been royalty and presidents from all over the world. Additionally, it has been selected as the host hotel of some of the most important sports events of Mexico, such as the Olympic Games, the FIFA World Cups, and the Formula One Auto Race.
The property is overlooked by the Castillo de Chapultepec, the only castle in the American Continent which was inhabited by an emperor, and is contiguous to the evergreen Chapultepec Park, one of the largest in the world.
SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, OUR PRIORITY
We have a very strong commitment to raise the level of social consciousness in our country and throughout the world.
With this objective in mind, this year we have partnered with four different foundations and organizations. Beyond Sports, which will organize conferences on how to change positively the world through sports; Fundación Becar (scholarships for the underprivileged), Fundación Michou y Mau (medical treatment for burned children) and Fundación Mier y Pesado (education for needy children).
SPONSORS AND ALLIANCES
The Abierto Juvenil Mexicano welcomes a new strategic ally, the NFL Mexico, which will hold sports clinics at the CDCH.
Aeromexico, another one of our valuable allies, will offer a 15% discount in all its international flights and 10% in national for players, coaches, family and friends flying to and from Mexico City for the Abierto Juvenil Mexicano.
As always we are very grateful to all our sponsors and strategic allies: Aeromexico, Camino Real, TDN, Televisa, TVC Deportes, Vamos Deportes, Ticketmaster, Turibus, NFL Mexico, Mextenis, Beyond Sports, Club Mundet, Lavandería del Sur, Fundación Becar, Fundación Michou y Mau para Niños Quemados, and Fundación Mier y Pesado.
In the photo, Jorge Nicolin, Tournament Director at the Press Conference