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Tennis stars give backing to the Andalucía Open and call for more top-class events in Spain

Munar and Carreño pose with their trophies, presented by tennis legends Manolo Santana (far left) and Björn Borg (far right).
Munar and Carreño pose with their trophies, presented by tennis legends Manolo Santana (far left) and Björn Borg (far right). / Josele
  • Compared to the US and France, Spain hosts a small number of ATP events and the players believe that is holding them back

"That's the importance of having tournaments at home...," tweeted Carla Suárez, back in training after overcoming Hodgkin's lymphoma, referring on Saturday to semi-finals in Marbella being packed exclusively with Spanish talent.

According to the players themselves, it is key to improving their competitive level, as evidenced by the breakthrough of Berrettini, Sinner and Musetti in Italy where a growing number of Challenger events have been hosted in recent years.

Champion Pablo Carreño alluded to the fact that it was not normal that in Spain, due to its level of tennis, there were only two ATP Tour events, and just one women's event, the Mutua Madrid Open.

In comparison, in 2021 there are eight ATP Tour events taking place in the USA (Delray Beach, Miami, US Open, Newport, Atlanta, Washington, Cincinnati and Winston Salem) and seven in France (Monte Carlo, Montpellier, Marseille, Roland Garros, Lyon, Paris Bercy and Metz).

"We have to thank those who made this [Marbella] tournament possible. It's very important that more tournaments are held in Spain," said Carreño, who admitted that of his five titles this was the best, because "winning in Spain is much better".