Santiago To Host ATP Tournament In 2020
The ATP today announced that the February 2020 Latin American swing will feature an ATP 250 tournament in Santiago, Chile, replacing the event previously held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, from 2012-2019.
It will be the first time that Chile has hosted an ATP Tour tournament since 2014 in Vina Del Mar (2001-2009, 2012-14), with Santiago hosting a tour-level event between 1993-2000, 2010-11. Event organisers, SACS, which has run three ATP Challenger Tour events in Chile, will work in partnership with Octagon, owners of the tournament sanction.
“The ATP gave us the go ahead to develop the tournament in Santiago, which is very exciting,” said Catalina Fillol, who has been appointed Tournament Director. “Chile deserves top-notch sporting events and we have been focused on recovering this official event for a long time, which has been absent in our country, and we trust that we will have the support of the sponsors to put on a first-class event, in a family atmosphere and with healthy competition as it has always been.
“Chile today has great players, great fans, and a long history of events dating back to our first ATP Challenger Tour, which allows us to look optimistically at the challenge that lies ahead.”
The 2020 ATP Tour calendar will also feature five other Latin American events: the Cordoba Open, the Argentina Open in Buenos Aires, the Rio Open presented by Claro and the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC in Acapulco – all held in the month of February – plus the Abierto de Tenis Mifel presentado por Cinemex in Los Cabos in July.
Update, 10 January 2020: The organisers of the ATP 250 in Santiago have confirmed that the Chile Open will be held at the Center Court of Club Deportivo Universidad Catolica, located in San Carlos de Apoquindo, in 2020.
"Even though we continued to have the support of the Ministry of Sports to use the Central Court of the National Stadium, setting up a tournament of this magnitude implies a high level of production, and in that sense, the beautiful facilities of San Carlos de Apoquindo allow us prepare everything necessary in the month and a half that we have," said Fillol.
She also mentioned that the return of a professional circuit to Chile is an unforgettable experience not only for the public who will see top-level tennis, with the best national players, but also “it is a place where our international tennis players can feel at home, which has been the SACS trademark since we organised our first ATP Challengers”.