Top-class tennis will return to Marbella next month as the Puente Romano Tennis Club hosts the Casino Admiral Trophy for the second consecutive year.
The tournament, which will run from 25 to 31 March, was officially unveiled last Thursday with the news that this year's edition will see 80 ATP points up for grabs for the winner.
Local tennis star Adrián Menéndez continues as host and ambassador of the competition which is aiming to consolidate itself on the ATP Challenger Series, the second highest level of competition in world tennis.
Last year, Roberto Carballés, Jaume Munar, Enrique López Pérez, veterans Marcel Granollers and Tommy Robredo, and future star Alejandro Davidovich all participated, as well as international stars Alexei Popyrin (Australia); Dustin Brown (Germany); Dudi Sela (Israel); Guido Andreozzi (Italy), who recently climbed into the top 100; and Stefano Travaglia (Italy), who went on to win the tournament.
In total this year there will be 43,000 euros in prize money and it is expected to attract some of the current top 100, as well as some of the sport's most prodigious young talents, looking to make their mark on the international stage.
Manolo Santana, after whom the centre court is named, appealed to the world's tennis fans, encouraging them to attend every round. He said at the presentation: "We are going to see some spectacular tennis in Marbella, which is the best location possible."
In its second edition, the Casino Admiral Trophy will add further entertainment in the form of a music festival, with flamenco, classical and opera performances, which will take place in the VIP tent during the weekend of the final.
The festival will be coordinated in collaboration with AnyTech365, whose CEO, Tero Turunen, says he was attracted to the tournament because he wanted to contribute to "spreading awareness about Marbella as one of the prime tourist and sporting destinations in Europe".