On the 14th of February in a very special event held at the Mallorca Country Club with Toni Nadal as tournament director and Feliciano López as guest star, the countdown has begun for the second edition of the Mallorcan tournament to be held next June. The event was presided over by Edwin Weindorfer, CEO of Emotion Group, the company organizing the tournament, and also served as the official presentation of Pilar Carbonell as Emotion’s general manager in Spain.
Toni Nadal highlighted the success of the first edition held in 2021 since “it is not easy to bring five top 10 players of the ATP circuit and the Mallorca Championships did it last year”. Due to its dates and location, the Mallorca Championships seeks to consolidate itself as a necessary stage for the best players in the world to prepare for Wimbledon, the third Grand Slam of the year.
Feliciano López himself, who won his 500th victory on the circuit here in Mallorca, says that “playing tennis on grass in Mallorca is unusual and very special. Many players did not know it and beyond tennis, another world opens up for them (…) and the tournament gives a spectacular treatment to the players” It should not be forgotten that last year the tournament was able to count on superstars like the world number 1, Novak Djokovic, the recent finalist of the Australian Open and brand new champion of the first edition, Daniil Medvedev, the Austrian Dominic Thiem and the current number 8 of the world Casper Ruud. In the national section, great figures such as Roberto Bautista, Pablo Carreño (Olympic bronze medalist) and the afore mentioned Feliciano López stood out.
At the beginning of his speech Edwin Weindorfer congratulated Rafa Nadal and Toni for their recent victory in the Australian Open and focusing on the tournament he wanted to make it clear that he will fight for the best players in the world to play in this championship, which by the way has the second highest prize money in the world in a tournament of its category.
Pilar Carbonell has remarked to the more than 200 attendees the excitement of joining Emotion in Spain and that she will fight to make the company grow in our country and in the island in particular. In the same line, the mayor of Calviá, Alfonso Rodríguez, has been proud to have in his land “a quality and unique event”. Toni Nadal also wanted to focus on the “importance of having events like the Mallorca Championships that help to continue promoting the islands”.
The tournament continues to grow and this year will have stands with capacity for 4000 people and the VIP tent will double its numbers to 600 people. In the current health situation, the tournament could be held with 85% of the allowed capacity, but the organization is confident that it can be enjoyed, as far as possible, with full capacity.
When asked about the hypothetical presence of Rafa, Toni Nadal has answered that he does not know the probabilities of that happening but that “as a Mallorcan and as director of this tournament I wish that possibility could happen.”
Closing the event, taking advantage of the fact that today is Valentine’s Day and having Feliciano’s presence at the press conference, the tournament wanted to organize a contest by which those people who between today and tomorrow buy two tickets for the tournament enter a draw for two prizes: a meet&greet with Feliciano himself during the tournament and an upgrade in your general ticket converting it into a VIP ticket.
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