Challenger Excursion Takes On Tenerife


A long way from the season’s first Slam in Melbourne, Australia, lies the gorgeous island Tenerife, the place the ATP Challenger Excursion makes a talk over with this week and two extra stops inside the subsequent month.

Tenerife, which is the most important of Spain’s Canary islands, is a work of tennis paradise. The Challenger 100 match is staged round towering palm timber on the Abama Tennis Academy, the place centre courtroom spectators can experience panoramic perspectives of the Atlantic Ocean whilst soaking in world-class tennis.

Boasting a at ease local weather year-round, Tenerife is house to one thousand stories that vary from enjoyable on the seashore and whale gazing, to visiting the spectacular volcanic construction Mount Teide, which stands over 12,000 ft. It’s a shocking vacation spot that tennis lovers can upload to their bucket listing.

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The Tenerife Challenger is one among a number of professional occasions spearheaded through MEF Tennis Occasions, which is an Italian-based corporate that began in 2007 and specialises within the organisation, control, and advertising of wearing occasions. MEF Tennis Occasions is controlled through Marcello Marchesini, who could also be the match director in Tenerife. When the chance got here to extend operating tournaments from Italy to the Canary Islands, it was once a no-brainer.

“We’ve controlled 40 Challenger occasions because the corporate started, 3 WTA 250s, and one ATP 250 (Parma) in 2021,” Marchesini mentioned. “After the pandemic we had the chance to paintings no longer handiest in Italy, but in addition within the Canary Islands. They’re very fascinated by wearing occasions {and professional} tennis was once lacking right here for approximately 10 years. We’ve got the beef up of the native establishments and tourism sector, who’re fascinated by sponsoring this match.”

What makes MEF Tennis Occasions distinctive is that it is a family-run trade, with Marcello’s daughters Elena and Federica taking part in key roles. Elena spoke with to proportion how her kin works in combination, “Marcello is the executive, Federica is in command of conversation and logistics; she’s all the time looking for the most productive motels, catering, and all of the services and products for the avid gamers. I’m in command of the promoting facet, together with social media. There’s additionally all the time folks which are running for us. The entire personnel is sort of a kin.”

The Challenger Excursion visits all corners of the globe all the way through the 11-month season. From giant towns equivalent to Buenos Aires and Bangkok to far flung places just like the grass courts of Ilkley in the UK, the Challenger Excursion has made stops in six continents inside the previous two seasons. Following a yr off from a Challenger match in Tenerife, the island is ready to host 3 tournaments within the subsequent month.

Semi-final action at the Challenger 100 event in Tenerife.
Semi-final motion on the Challenger 100 match in Tenerife. Credit score: Daniele Combi/MEF Tennis Occasions

‘MEF’ has hosted Challengers in Italian towns equivalent to Parma, Francavilla al Mare, Perugia, and Todi, and the addition of the Canary Island match supplies a definite enjoy for avid gamers and a dreamy holiday for lovers.

“It is a gorgeous location. Abama [Tennis Academy] has seven courts, they even have a golfing path and plenty of palm timber across the centre courtroom,” mentioned Elena. “The site is likely one of the easiest centre courts I’ve noticed. It’s a relaxed house. Tenerife is in most cases totally booked with many of us however while you arise right here, it’s like a personal hill with out a site visitors and everyone can calm down.”

The Tenerife Challenger even earned a talk over with from former International No. 12 Feliciano Lopez in 2021, when the Spaniard no longer handiest performed and completed runner-up, but in addition spoke with the Marchesinis concerning the organisation of the development. Lopez, who is ready to retire from professional tennis this yr, serves because the match director of the ATP Masters 1000 Mutua Madrid Open.

“The most efficient reminiscence was once once we welcomed Feliciano Lopez right here, it was once the primary time we met him and he was once more than pleased to stick right here,” match director Marchesini mentioned. “He was once seeing the organisation, the ambience. He was once every so often asking us for tips and asking us about our organisation, we have been glad to listen to that. We concept that supposed we’re doing neatly.”

It’s time you get started making plans your shuttle to tennis heaven, Tenerife.



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