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FELICIANO LÓPEZ AND TSITSIPAS WIN IN ACAPULCO

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Feliciano López and Stefano Tstisipas have won the doubles title after defeating the Dutch player Jean-Julien Roger and the Salvadoran Marcelo Arevalo 7-5, 6-4 at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco, Mexico.

It is the sixth crown for the 40-year-old from Toledo, the first with Tsitsipas, with whom he had already played with before in Vienna. Feliciano López remarked on their milestone together: “It was at the Laver Cup where we talked about playing some doubles together. We did well in Vienna losing against the Colombians and here we won our first title together. I love playing in Mexico”. 

This is López’s sixth doubles title (thirteenth overall) and Tsitsipas’ first (eighth overall). 

THE BARCELONA OPEN BANC SABADELL U14 CIRCUIT ENDS ITS FIRST EDITION WITH MORE THAN 1,000 PARTICIPANTS

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The Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell – Trofeo Conde de Godó has successfully concluded the first edition of its U14 circuit. For four weeks, more than 1,000 boys and girls from all over Catalonia have been able to compete in the tournament and participate in the Godó Family Days

This under-14 circuit was born with the aim of reinforcing the commitment to the young talents of Catalan tennis and its celebration has managed to promote this sport throughout the territory.

The champions of this circuit will compete in the final draw of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell – Trofeo Conde de Godó U14, which will be held on April 16-24, 2022. 

The great celebration of grassroots Catalan tennis was held with the Godó Family Days, which included the participation of two of the great role models of Catalan tennis, Marc López and Tommy Robredo who shared their skills and tips with the youngest attendees and tennis fans from each province. 

 

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EMOTIONAL MATCH AT THE ARGENTINA OPEN WITH DEL POTRO’S FAREWELL

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A few days before the start of the Argentina Open, Juan Martin del Potro announced his retirement from tennis at the age of 33. In an interview, with tears in his eyes, he confirmed that he would participate in the Argentina Open and, possibly, also in the Rio Open, but that was all. The ordeal of injuries, especially to his right knee, has put him through hell. In fact, he had not been able to play tennis for two and a half years. This led him to take a drastic decision, which he announced before the start of his homeland’s tournament. 

And, on the verge of retirement, on February 8, Del Potro was defeated by his compatriot Federico Delbonis 6-1, 6-3 in the first round of Buenos Aires. It was an emotional night of reunion and ovations. Del Potro burst into uncontrolled tears when he was about to serve at 5-3 down in the second set. He couldn’t help himself. He sank his face in the towel and the crowd gave him a long applause and a repetition of chants. “Delpo is not leaving!”, they repeated. 

With Delbonis’ embrace came another ovation. Five thousand people waved the Argentinian flag and repeated his name as Del Potro left the court of the Argentina Open with a hand in the air. 

“Today I gave everything I had, until the last point. I’m happy because my last match, probably, was on a court and not giving a press conference. And in front of all of you. I will always remember you,” said the Argentinian in tears after the match. 

This may have been the last match for Del Potro, a true fighter on the court who has made the best tremble and a great example of resilience. 

JUAN MARTÍN DEL POTRO ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT AT THE ARGENTINA OPEN

Argentine player Juan Martín del Potro, aged 33, announced on Sunday, 5th of February 2022, his retirement from tennis in an interview at the Argentina Open ATP 250.

With tears in his eyes he explained that the future of his professional career is in danger after the Argentina Open and the Rio Open (14th-20th of June). “This is one of the most difficult messages I have had to transmit. I am retiring from tennis,” declared the former world No. 3.

Del Potro announced his return to the courts after two and a half years at the Argentina Open but, unfortunately, his right knee puts him back. “I have lived a nightmare with my knee and I have tried everything to recover, but it has not been possible,” he said.

Nevertheless, Del Potro expressed a tremendous desire to play his homeland’s tournament. “I never imagined a retirement if it was not playing. I have not found a better tournament than Buenos Aires to do so,” he concluded amid applause.

The Argentina Open will not be just another edition. It has become the final act for Del Potro, a tennis player with 22 titles under his arm, one of them a Grand Slam and the US Open won in 2009 against Roger Federer.