22 Feb 2013

Tour returns to Indian Ocean

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Mauritius Beach Tennis 2011

The ITF Beach Tennis Tour returns to the African region in March for the first Grade 1 events of the year .

For the third straight year, off the Southeast coast of Africa, the Indian Ocean islands of Mauritius and Reunion will be staging back-to-back tournaments in March with Reunion, this year, upgrading to a Grade 1 status for the first time.

In 2011 and 2012, Saint Gilles Les Bains, Reunion hosted a Grade 2 event followed by a Grade 1 on Mauritius in Flic en Flac. This year, however, it will be Mauritius who kick things off where play will be staged over three days starting with a qualifying event on 8 March. Players will be hoping not to go the way of the islands famous former residents, the Dodo birds, as they battle it out hoping to be in contention for the titles on 10 March.

Players will then head southwest to Reunion for four days of beach tennis action in the nations maiden Grade 1 tournament. An ever increasingly popular destination for players, as last year six tournaments took place on the island, representing a 100% increase on 2011. The staging of this Grade 1 tournament looks certain to attract even more of the world's best players.

The two islands have certainly proven a happy hunting ground for titles for the current women’s world number three players, Simona Bonadonna and Eva D’Elia, who have claimed the titles on both islands for the past two years.

Like Bonadonna and D’Elia, fellow Italian Matteo Marighella, currently ranked at number 9 in the world rankings, has also had two years of success on both islands. In 2011 he partnered Alex Mingozzi to the title and last year he won with the current world number two Michele Cappelletti.

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