The list of players who will participate in the 2023 Acapulco Open has been defined. The organization of the most important tennis tournament in Latin America announced the table that will play its 30th edition, where the defending champion Rafael Nadal will not participate.
Without the greatest winner in the history of the Mexican ATP 500, it will be his compatriot Carlos Alcaraz who will lead the main draw. Alcaraz, current number two in the world, will get back on track after his stops on the South American tour on brick dust.
Along with the Grand Slam winner, he will be accompanied by four other members of the top-10: the Norwegian Casper Ruud, the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, the American Taylor Fritz and the Danish Holger Rune. The NextGen will be present with great force in the contest that takes place in the paradisiacal port of Acapulco.
They will be joined by the British Cameron Norrie (11) and a group of American players including Frances Tiafoe (15), Tommy Paul (19), Sebastian Korda (26), Jenson Brooksby (38), John Isner (42) , J.J.Wolf (48), Brandon Nakashima (50) and Marcos Girón (57).
There will also be the return of the giant Reilly Opelka. Other outstanding players who will be present will be the Italian Matteo Berrettini (22), the Australian Alex de Miñaur (25), the Canadian Denis Shapovalov (27), the Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka (33), the Serbian Miomir Kecamanovic (34), the French Richard Gasquet (46), his compatriot Adrian Mannarini (58) and the Slovakian Alex Molcan (55).
As for the Mexican players, it was announced that a wildcard will be awarded to the youthful Rodrigo Pacheco. These are the confirmed tennis players for the 30th edition of the AMT.
Ivan Lendl opens up on Alcaraz
Ivan Lendl is the latest name in the tennis world to shower praise on World No.
1, Carlos Alcaraz, calling him “an extremely polite young man.” “Alcaraz is pretty good and he’s only going to get better for a while,” he said. “I don’t know that. I don’t look at it that way. I know Carlos Alcaraz is coached very well.
He has a great team around him. Those guys are very, very good at what they do, the Spaniards. And Juan Carlos Ferrero is fantastic and they’re teaching him well, they’re teaching him the right things, they’re teaching him all the protocols.
He’s an extremely polite young man. He’s great. The Spanish guys do something very good. The French guys do that as well. They retain their former pros and plug them into the programs,” Lendl expressed.