From the 7th to the 14th of October, the Sánchez-Casal Academy will host the Sánchez-Casal Mapfre tournament, from the ATP Challenger Tour. This tournament will bring together international professional tennis players for the second most important tournament in the region.
The presentation of this first tournament took place today at the Sánchez-Casal Academy. Sergio Casal stressed that "hosting the Challenger is an important step forward for the Academy, since we organize tournaments from the base up. This tournament is an ideal opportunity for those players who are making the move towards professionalism. Without a doubt, I would define it as the tournament of dreams".
Miguel Díaz, President of the RFET, noted "We know that future players who continue to fill the brilliant tennis schools throughout Spain, benefit from starting their career as professionals close to home. It is a source of pride that great tennis professionals, such as Emilio Sánchez Vicario and Sergio Casal, have become involved in hosting the stars of the future in their facilities."
Players of fifteen nationalities will meet on the clay courts of the Sánchez-Casal Academy, in a tournament organized with the support of the Emilio Sánchez Vicario Foundation.
Marisa Sánchez Vicario, President of the Emilio Sánchez Vicario Foundation, emphasizes the work of the schools that the Foundation has in Barcelona, Madrid, Seville and Toledo. She also draws our attention to the clinic that will take place during the Challenger with students from the Barcelona School of Tennis with Intellectual Disabilities.
This first edition highlights the presence of Spanish tennis players Pablo Andujar (116), Daniel Gimeno Traver (156), in a tournament that will be played with both singles and doubles.
This tournament is another step for the Sanchez-Casal Academy, which helps young promising talent rise by organizing local, national and international tournaments. Therefore, this ATP Challenger is really the tournament of dreams, being a perfect stepping stone into professionalism.
On behalf of Mapfre, the main sponsor of this Tournament, Mr. Javier Solís, Territorial Director of Mapfre Barcelona, comments that "tennis is a key point for us, and this is the reason Sánchez-Casal and this tournament receives all our support”.
Mr. Juan Pedro Pérez, First Deputy Mayor of El Prat de Llobregat, notes that “this event is really important because the Sport always has special meaning and gives a plenty of positive feedback to the people and the citizens of this city”
Besides Mapfre as the main sponsor, we need to emphasize the support to the tournament from other sponsors, including Locos por la Musica and Head and the institutional partners such as RFET and ATP Challenger Tour, as well as official partners such as Global Caps, Leotrón, NH Hotels, Lauretana, Gatorade, Nutrisport, Schweppes , Diputación de Barcelona and El Prat de Llobregat City Hall.
Among the attending guests, we would like to thank the president of the FCAT; Mr. Jordi Tamayo, the Sports Coordinator of the Diputació de Barcelona; Mr. Daniel Laga, along with staff and students of the Academia Sánchez-Casal and ES International School.