Los Cabos opened its doors to the 2021 edition with the usual press conference for accredited media. It will be the fifth edition of a tournament that has been played since 2016.
In addition to sharing the week with Umag and Kitzbühel in 2021, it will be played in the pre-Olympic Games in Tokyo from July 19 to 24Therefore, several of the best tennis players will avoid this part of the world to get closer to Asia.
From what little was known, there are a couple of confirmed players. José Antonio Fernández, tournament director, with ATP category 250, celebrated the confirmation of Grigor Dimitrov and John Isner, who have been among the best in the world for a long time and each have won a Masters 1000 tournament; the Bulgarian in Cincinnati, in 2017, and the American in Miami in 2018.
Fernández explained that neither of the two tennis players will be at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and celebrated having them secured in the main draw so long in advance. In turn, he commented on an agreement with the Newport and Atlanta tournaments to attract players from the entire American continent. In this difficult year and with the Olympics at that time, it is important to unite to summon tennis players.
Regarding the Argentine presence, he advised that they spoke with Diego Schwartzman (last champion) and he expressed his intention to participate in the Olympic Games for the first time and with Guido Pella (semifinalist in 2019) something similar happens.
The Open was established in 2016, when the Croatian Ivo Karlovic won the final against the Spanish Feliciano López, after which the American Sam Querrey, in 2017, the Italian Fabio Fognini, in 2018 and the Argentine Diego Schwartzman were crowned. in 2019.
Last year the contest was not played due to COVID-19 and will now be held prior to the ATP 500 in Washington and the Masters 1000 in Toronto and Cincinnati, Which, according to Fernández, will make the tournament attractive, which for players may be a preview before the tour that will precede the last Grand Slam of the year, the United States Open, from August 30 to September 12.
The manager recalled that the state of Baja California Sur, in which the resort hosting the tournament is located, is one of the ones that has best handled the pandemic, despite which they will take measures to create a bubble in which tennis players are protected and at the same time have freedom as has happened in Acapulco.
“Our bubbles are atypical. With Acapulco the players are delighted, they brought their families, they have their place of recreation, their basketball court, gym and restaurant. The same is going to happen in Los Cabos ”, he commented.