The first Challenger tournament in the history of Ibagué begins | The chronicler

The first Challenger tournament in the history of Ibagué begins | The chronicler
The first Challenger tournament in the history of Ibagué begins | The chronicler

Starting this Sunday, June 23, the Ibagué Open Challenger Tour begins, the first international ATP event to be held in the Musical Capital.

There will be 80 tennis players who will represent 20 countries for the Ibagué Open which awards 50,000 dollars in prizes (almost 210 million pesos) and also gives the champion points for the Association of Professional Tennis Players (ATP) ranking.

On the courts of the Sports Park Racquet Complex there will be Nicolás Mejía, the No. 2 racket player from Colombia, and Bernard Tomic, Australian and former No. 17 in the ATP ranking. The tournament will bring together players who have participated in Grand Slam championships such as Wimbledon, Roland Garros, US Open and the Australian Open.

Michael Beltrán, a 22-year-old young man, recent graduate of McPherson College in the United States, will be the only Ibaguerian who will participate in the competition and proudly defend the colors of the capital of Tolima.

“It makes me very happy, it is a privilege and honor to show that Ibaguereños can go far, motivate young athletes and future promises to fulfill their dreams too, which is why we have to work hard”Beltran said.

The tennis player who grew up in the Rincón de Piedra Pintada neighborhood, in commune 4, has been practicing this sport since he was 3 years old. To fulfill his dreams and develop his talent, he had to leave his hometown. He lived in Bogotá and Spain. There he won a scholarship to study at the state of Kansas and graduate as a business administrator.

This Sunday, June 23 and Monday, June 24, 24 tennis players, including Michael, will compete for the qualifications for the main draw, Therefore, he must win two matches to achieve this and be among the best 32 of the Ibagué Open. There will also be doubles competition with 16 couples who will compete for the title on the clay of the Racquet Complex.

Entry to the Complex will be free until the maximum capacity is reached, which is almost 400 people.

 
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