The Regional Minister for Education and Sport, Javier Imbroda, stressed during the presentation of the AnyTech365 Andalucía Open, an ATP 250 tournament on the world circuit, that the difficult context that society is experiencing due to the pandemic “has not stopped such an exciting project as organising the best tennis tournament in the history of Andalusia, the third most important of those currently being held in Spain, thanks to public-private collaboration, which is more necessary than ever if possible”.
“We are going to enjoy the best tennis in the world thanks to the effort and courage to promote this alliance, which has a vocation for continuity, and will help to put our land back in the spotlight of world sport”, added Imbroda, who recalled that “the best projects emerge in times of difficulty, and Andalusia wants to take advantage of this complicated situation to emerge stronger and better positioned, as a benchmark in the world of sport”.
Andalusia has been designated as the first European Region of Sport for 2021, and the AnyTech365 Andalucía Open, which will be held at the Puente Romano Tennis Club in Marbella (Malaga) from 4 to 11 April, will also open the European clay tour on the world circuit.
Among the participating players are the Russian Andrey Rublev, current number 8 in the ATP ranking, the Spaniards Roberto Bautista (13) and Pablo Carreño (16), members of the Spanish Davis Cup team, and the Swiss Stan Wawrinka (20), who has three Grand Slam titles to his name: Australian Open 2014, Roland Garros 2015 and the US Open in 2016. Other top players are Feliciano López (62), Frenchman Richard Gasquet (49), and two top 30 players such as Norwegian Casper Ruud (25) and Serbian Dusan Lajovic (26).
Alejandro Davidovich from Malaga will also be there, one of the great promises of Spanish tennis, already ranked 52nd in the ATP ranking at the age of 21, the fifth Spaniard on the world list, just behind Albert Ramos from Barcelona, who will also be in Marbella. Wimbledon junior champion, Davidovich has one ATP doubles title (ATP 250 in Santiago de Chile), paired with Roberto Carballés (95) from Granada, who will also be at the tournament in Puente Romano.