Argentina Open ATP
February finds the world tennis tour basking in the Southern Hemisphere summer. Fresh from the excitement of the Australian Open, the focus turns to South America and one of the most popular events on the ATP World 250 tour. The sun-soaked surroundings of Buenos Aires may be the perfect getaway for fans, but there’s nothing relaxed about the competition, and many of the rising stars of the game are keen to make an impression on the world’s tennis media. The stage is set for some fiercely fought tennis, so pick up your Argentina Open ATP Tickets at StubHub!
Getting to know the Argentina Open ATP
The tournament has been held at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club since the inaugural championships. Its main court – the Horacio Billoch Caride Stadium – has played host to a number of Fed Cup and Davis Cup matches in its time, and is a perfect venue for the final: a 5,500 seat arena, open to the bluest of blue skies.
As you might expect, the tournament has been a happy hunting ground for the world’s clay court specialists. One of the finest players ever to grace the event was Guillermo Villas, a US, French and Australian Open winner who lifted the trophy no less than eight times. In more recent times, Spaniards Carlos Moya and David Ferrer have both tasted success here, the latter enjoying an unbeaten run as he won a trio of titles between 2012 and 2014.
The tournament continues to draw impressive crowds of the city’s fans, who rightly consider themselves aficionados of the clay court game. They last witnessed an all-home singles final in 2008, when crowd favourite David Nalbandian claimed the trophy. Veterans in the crowd will tell you about the 1968 final that proved a straight-sets triumph for Roy Emerson against the great Rod Laver.
One of the stand-out performances of more recent times came in 2013. Stan Wawrinka arrived in Buenos Aires as the man to watch, after taking Novak Djokovic to the brink in the Australian Open in a four-and-a-half hour marathon match. However, even with his famously effective backhand and his liking for clay, he was to prove no match for the skill and tenacity of David Ferrer, who overcame the Swiss challenger in three sets to claim his second successive title.
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Love tennis? Love sunshine? Your next stop could be California for the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. Or catch the undoubted highlight of the Southern Hemisphere tour with tickets to the Australian Open.