Senior Masters Cup 2016 – Tournament
The Seniors Masters Cup 2016 was held this week at the Puente Romano Beach Club & Spa in Marbella and MarbellaAzul.com was of course there to bring you the news and images.
Day 1 – Opening Matches
The opening match was between Younes El Aynaoui (Morocco) and Sebastian Grosjean (France). This was an extremely close match which went to a super tie-break. El Aynaoui won 6-3, 6-7, 10-5.
The second match was between Mats Wilander (Sweden) and Yannick Noah (France). Wilander (a former world number one and winner of seven grand slam titles) beat Noah (French open winner and Davis Cup captain) 7-6, 6-2 in a match full of fun and frolicks from these two great players.
Day 2 – Semi Finals
The first semi-final was between yesterday’s winner Younes El Aynaoui and Albert Costa (Spain). Costa won 6-4, 7-5 ensuring his place in Saturday’s final.
The second semi-final was between yesterday’s winner Mats Wilander and one of the greatest tennis players in history John McEnroe (USA). Everyone was really looking forward to this match and we were keen to see McEnroe’s antics. It did not disappoint. McEnroe won the match 6-4, 6-4 and booked his place in saturday’s final.
Day 3 – Final
Before the final, there was an exhibition doubles match featuring Yannick Noah, Mats Wilander, Younes El Aynaoui and Sebastian Grosejan, followed by a tribute to Manolo Santana – a pioneer of Spanish tennis. The Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa’s centre court was then dedicated to Manolo Santana, who was born in Marbella. And, 50 years ago in 1966, he became Spoain’s first Wimbledon champion.
Manolo Santana then said “Marbella is my home. This is a great honour for me. You know you have a neighbour forever” visibly grateful to the audience in this very special year.
This year’s final was between Albert Costa and John McEnroe. Over 2,600 spectators were there to watch the match under a beautiful pink Marbella sky. The match wasn’t easy for either the veteran John McEnroe or the younger Albert Costa. It was obvious from the first set that McEnroe came here to win and he put Costa under a lot of pressure. The match went to a super tiebreak and Albert Costa was ultimately successful 3- 6, 6-3, 12-10.
He was presented with the glass sculptured trophy (produced by Ecovidrio, using recycled glass collected during the last two months in Marbella) by Marbella’s Mayor José Bernal.
The event ended with a party featuring Yannick Noah’s band who delighted the guests who packed the VIP Lounge.