Photo: Cecil WiseAlex Mingozzi in New York G1 - USA G1 Aug 2013
A series of three ITF Beach Tennis Tour Grade 1 tournaments is to take place in the United States, Bermuda and Puerto Rico in August, the ITF has announced.
The trio of events, each offering $10,000 in prize money, has been coined the ‘Beach Tennis Triangle’ and will take place across nine days from 23-31 August, with the world’s best beach tennis players assembling to compete for a total prize pot of $30,000 and valuable ITF ranking points.
The Grade 1 events in USA and Bermuda have featured on the ITF Beach Tennis Tour for several years and have always attracted big names in the sport. Alex Mingozzi, the world No. 4, took both titles in 2013 and was asked about the evolution of this series.
“I have always looked forward to playing the New York and Bermuda events and it was great to win them both last year,” he said. “Adding an event in Puerto Rico to this series, with another $10,000 in prize money, is a great idea although it will mean competition will be high to defend my titles.”
Long Beach, New York will host the opening event on 23-24 August before the players head to Southampton in Bermuda for the second event on 26-27 August. The triangular series comes to a close on 30-31 August in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with the nation hosting its first ITF Beach Tennis Tour event.
While this may be the first ITF Tour event on the island, the Puerto Rico Beach Tennis Championships is actually in its fifth edition and will round off the nine-day mini-series of Grade 1 events.
The organisers are also offering an added incentive to the male players. Those who collect the most points from these events will also earn themselves points to qualify for, possibly, the most exclusive tennis event held in the world; the Necker Cup hosted by Sir Richard Branson.
For those competing in this exciting mini-series of top level Grade 1 tournaments, travel between the three locations is available on Jet Blue and players are recommended to book/hold a space.