Los Cabos Crowns A Homegrown Champ
The Abierto de Tenis Mifel presentado por Cinemex has a homegrown tennis champion. Marcelo Arevalo of El Salvador and Mexican Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela won the Los Cabos doubles title on Saturday evening, beating #NextGenATP American Taylor Fritz and Aussie Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-4, 6-4.
It's the first time since 1995 that a Mexican has won an ATP World Tour title on home soil. Mexico's Leonardo Lavalle and Javier Frana of Argentina won the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC when it was still held in Mexico City.
“This is a very special moment for me, at home with the Mexican crowd, hungry to get a title,” Reyes-Varela said. “We've been playing for a little over a year now... We've had a great year and to have this title and share it with [Arevalo] is super special.”
The third seeds saved all three break points and converted two of their 12 break opportunities against Fritz/Kokkinakis, who were playing in their first tournament together and will receive 150 ATP Doubles Rankings points and split $20,380 in prize money.
Arevalo/Reyes-Varela improved to 6-3 as a team and were playing in their second ATP World Tour final (Newport 2018, l. to Erlich/Sitak). The pairing will receive 250 ATP Doubles Rankings points and split $38,780 in prize money.
“Our first final, it wasn't that great. I think we were a little bit tight,” Arevalo said. “But today, I think we were more ready – we went for it.”