Francisco Lombardi Challenger Cup
BUENOS AIRES, ARG; Taking place from 24th - 30th October, the Francisco Lombardi Challenger Cup, continued to attract players from a number of different countries including Brazil, France, Chile, Ecuador and USA.
As a result of its popularity, it was necessary for some events to hold a qualifying draw as well having a main draw of 64. The large field also allowed the event to offer all age categories in both men and women events.
In the men's 35's, German Holzcan was to cause a surprise by taking the title 75 64 against seed number 2 and current world number 6 Daniel Borensztein. As a result of this German achieved his ITF highest ranking as of the 1st November moving up to number 15 in the world.
The men’s 40s also posted an exciting draw. Current world number 3 Christian Segni who held the number one ranking in May 2011 took this title with a convincing win over world number 19 Nicolas Becerra 60 63.
The women’s draws were to show the same high standard as the mens with current world number 3, Rosangela Fritelli participating in the women’s 55s. Unfortunately due to a retirement in the semi-finals she was unable to retain her title from 2010. Cecilia Zafforoni went onto to take the title as a result of Beatrice Chrystman having to retire 15 down in the first set of the final.
The final women’s age category of the tournament saw the women’s 75s and 80s amalgamated. Ines Pla was to take the title after beating Gema Bare 61 61.
In addition to the 371 singles matches, a total of 137 doubles matches also took place.
To make this tournament complete, an award dinner took place to present all prizes to the winners and allow them to enjoy the music offered.