18th International Memorial Simon Mateo
With other 170 participants from 18 different countries, this tournament also attracted many top ITF 20 ranked players including Jaime Furio (ESP), Encarnacion Gomis Ruiz (ESP), Rosa de Togores (ESP), Miguel Puigdevall (ESP), Detlef Saniter (GER) and Ramon Canosa (ESP).
Fine weather was also present initially but this had changed to thunder and rain on Tuesday afternoon, causing issues with the order of play for Wednesday. However, referee Miquel del Cerro used his experience at Seniors tournaments and managed this in the best way to allow most matches to take place as planned.
The official dinner took place Wednesday evening in the garden of the Tennis Club Barcelona-Teia. Tournament Director Pia Hanko thanked all the players for such a high level of tennis. Sergi Ramirez also helped make the evening enjoyable with his songs and guitar.”
In additional to the official dinner, players enjoyed the luxury of the Pool Bar offering good food and several nights with live music and entertainment.
The fine weather returned for the finals days of the tournament.
The men’s 35 singles final provided an extremely competitive match with Bruno Barrientos (ESP) taking on Sean Lai Kok Seong (MAS). Unfortunately an injury to Bruno in the third set let to him retiring.
The men’s 50 singles final was also a great match to watch with Miguel Puigdevall (ESP) taking on his fellow countryman Francisco Garcia (ESP). Francisco took the title 46, 61 62.
The women’s 60s final took the record for the longest match of the tournament between Encarnita Gomis and Rosa de Togores. Rosa finally taking the title 64, 46, 62.
The tournament was completed with a Trophy Ceremony which included the presence of Tournament Director Pia Hanko, the President of the Catalan Tennis Federation, Joan Navarro, the wife of Simon Mateo, Lita Mateo and Josep Bardes, the President of the Tennis Club Barcelona-Teia.
Asking the Tournament Director of a small summary of the tournament, Pia says: “I had the goal to make this tournament enjoyable, with nice atmosphere, personal service, homely and with small details that the players could appreciate and bring home as a good memory. I am very much looking forward to be welcoming all the players – and more of them – for the 19th edition of Memorial Simon Mateo 2015.”