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Many first world tournaments and few prominent players

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Karen Moran

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Slowly Mexico it is positioned as an elite venue for the great tennis tournaments; Acapulco, Los Cabos, Monterrey, Zapopan and recent WTA Finals in Guadalajara They showed that our country is a favorite destination for ATP, the WTA and also for the best tennis players in the world, however there is a pending debt in the generation of competitive national players, because in addition to Giuliana Olmos and Santiago González, there is no other national racket that stands out on the professional circuit.

About, THIS consulted Raul Zurutuza, president of the Mexican Tennis Open, who agreed that there is a lack of drive in Mexican tennis players, although he highlighted the work that Olmos and also doubles player Santiago González have been doing.

“Without a doubt from a tournament organization point of view 2021 was an exceptionally good year. On the subject of players, it is worth highlighting the doubles players, Giuliana Olmos who made the WTA Finals and had a very good year, while Santiago also had very good tennis and reached 35th in the ranking. In the singles it is where we are in the doldrums because Jerry López remained around 500 and in the case of women, Renata stands out and is 135 ”, he commented.

“Overall good but I think we are still waiting for this great name to reach the 100th ranking, but if we see it that way or it was so bad for us. Cross-out men’s singles, dove men’s doubles, dove women’s doubles and dove women’s singles ”, he concluded.

Giuliana Olmos She was the most outstanding Mexican tennis player of the year, the Mazatlan finished in 18th place in the WTA doubles ranking – the best of her career – with a mark of 29 games won and 19 lost. Beside Sharon Fichman lifted their first Masters 1000 title in Rome and together they also participated in the Guadalajara WTA Finals, where they stayed in the group stage but competed at you for you a Barbora Krejcikova already Katerina Siniakova, the best doubles players in the world.

Santiago Gonzalez He also achieved his best position as a professional doubles player in 2021, reaching 35th place. Of 56 games throughout the year, he won 30 and fell 26, in addition to being crowned in Stockholm and Astana along with the Argentine. Andres Molteni, while in Stuttgart he did it with the Brazilian Marcelo Demoliner.

Renata zarazua failed to ratify the great 2020 it had and this year, although it rose in ranking until the 135 and in September she achieved the best position of her career at 117, much more was expected from the Mexican, who accumulated a mark of 21 games won by 21 games lost. His best performance was in the Thoreau Open, 125th tournament in which she lost the final to the 106th Polish World Cup Magdalena Frech.

Jerry López, Ana Sofia Sánchez, Marcela Zacarías and Fernanda Contreras are still struggling to find a course on the circuit, they are all past number 200 in the rankings and their participation in WTA and ATP tournaments has been limited.

Name | Age | Ranking | Brand | Best result

Giuliana Olmos (D) | 28 years | 18 | 29/19 | Masters 1000 Rome Champion

Santiago González (D) | 38 years | 35 | 30/26 | Champion in Stockholm, Astana and Stuttgart

Renata Zarazúa (S) | 24 years | 135 | 21/21 | Finalist in Thoreau

Gerardo López (S) | 26 years | 618 | 2/2 | ITF M15 Cancun Final

Ana Sofía Sánchez (S) | 27 years | 257 | 27/28 | ITF Champion Santo Domingo

Marcela Zacarías (S) | 27 years | 270 | 20/15 | Finalist at ITF Berkeley

Fernanda Contreras (S) | 24 years | | 286 | 26/18 | ITF Sumter Finalist



Rodrigo Pacheco, 16, heads the list of young Mexican tennis players who in the future could become the figure who has not yet arrived. The Yucatecan finished 28th in the ITF ranking and added five junior titles this 2021 (J1 Guadalajara, J2 Guadalajara, j3 Santo Domingo, JB3 Cancun and J3 Cancun), he was also named a member of the “Class of 2021”, that is, as one of the most outstanding youth rackets for the International Tennis Federation.

Beside Luca Lemaitre and Sebastián Medica, Pacheco obtained the bronze medal in the Junior Davis Cup that took place in Turkey.

Behind him comes Luis Carlos Alvarez, who also won five trophies this year: J3 Zapopan, J4 Querétaro, J4 León and the two J5 from Cancun. It currently occupies the 105th place in the ranking.

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In the female branch Julia Garcia is the most outstanding youth tennis player, the Michoacan finished the year at number 56 in the ranking and had the opportunity to participate in the juniors of Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open, where she reached the second round in the first two, while in New York he said goodbye in his first game.

Of the Cali Junior Pan American Games He returned to Mexico with two medals, silver in doubles with María Fernandana Martínez and bronze in mixed doubles that he achieved with Emiliano Aguilera.

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