The Marbella ATP Challenger gets under way at Puente Romano

Adrián Menéndez.
Adrián Menéndez. / SUR
  • The Casino Admiral Trophy kicked off on Monday, with the grand final taking place on centre court this Sunday

The Marbella ATP Challenger tournament got under way on the central court at the Puente Romano tennis club in Marbella on Monday and will bring together some of tennis' top stars all week, with the final taking place on Sunday 31 March at 11am.

Among the competitors are three players from Malaga known as the 'Armada Malagueña', consisting of Adrián Menéndez, Alejandro Davidovich and Carlos Gómez Herrera.

Broadcast live on Eurosport, the Casino Admiral Trophy tournament boasts the participation of three of the top 100 players in the world. Frenchman Benoît Paire is ranked 69th and is the tournament favourite.

Spaniard Pablo Andújar and Jiri Vesely from the Czech Republic are the other two highest ranked players.

The organisers of the tournament have assured that there is still one final surprise in the form of a player coming straight from the Miami Masters.

The doubles competition, which will run parallel to the main event, will consist of 16 pairs. Gómez Herrera and Marko Djokovic, the brother of world number one Novak Djokovic, will compete as guests.

Tickets are free for the first two days of competition, with prices rising as the play approaches Sunday's climax.