Senior Masters Cup Tennis at Puente Romano

John McEnroe at the Senior Masters Cup in Marbella

Senior Masters Cup Press Conference 2017

The press conference for this year’s Senior Masters Cup was held on Thursday 7 September at the Ayuntamiento (Town Hall) in Marbella’s old town. The event is being held this year from 28 – 30 September at the Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa in Marbella and will feature some of the world’s best known tennis players. 

This is the second year of this tournament and it will again feature John McEnroe, Albert Costa, Yannick Noah, Mats Wilander and Sebastian Grosjean, plus Carlos Moya and the 1987 Wimbledon champion Pat Cash.

The Press Conference was presented by Albert Costa, Javier Mérida (Marbella’s Councillor for Sport), Joaquin Rios Casanova (Tennium) and Marica Huertas (Puente Romano).

This year’s draw is as follows:

Thursday – September 28, 2017
18.00 Sebastian Grosjean vs Albert Costa
20.00 Mats Wilander vs. Pat Cash

Friday – September 29, 2017
18.00 Carlos Moyá vs. the winner of Sebastian Grosjean vs Albert Costa
20.00 John McEnroe vs. the winner of Mats Wilander vs. Pat Cash

Saturday – September 30, 2017
18.00 Doubles Exhibition with Yannick Noah
20.00 Final

Joaquin Rios Casanova, Javier Mérida, Albert Costa & Marica Huertas
Joaquin Rios Casanova, Javier Mérida, Albert Costa & Marica Huertas

Senior Masters Cup Tournament 2016

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.

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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.

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Senior Masters Cup Press Conference 2016

The press conference for this year’s Senior Masters Cup took place on 21 September at the Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa. MarbellaAzul.com was of course there to bring you all the information about the tournament.

The presentation was attended by John McEnroe, Yannick Noah, Sebastian Grosjean and Albert Costa along with the mayor of Marbella Jose Bernal, the Secretary for Sport of the Junta de Andalucía Antonio Fernandez, Director General of the Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa Jorge Manzur and the 1966 Wimbledon champion Manolo Santana.

The humour and rivalry between the players was clear to see. “I have come to Marbella to win” said John McEnroe. But Yannick Noah replied “I have been totally focused on winning this tournament”. It was clear that both players were planning to play great tennis and give the audience a show. The banter will undoubtedly continue on the tennis court.

There will also be a tribute to Spanish tennis player Manolo Santana on Saturday along with the unveiling of the winning design of the trophies. The winner’s cup is a sculpture made with recycled glass from Ecovidrio.

All the matches will be played from 19.00 each evening and televised by Teledeporte (TVE).

The playlist is as follows:

Thursday – August 22, 2016
7:00 pm – Sebastian Grosjean vs Younes El Aynaoui
9:00 pm – Mats Wilander vs. Yannick Noah

Friday – August 23, 2016
7:00 pm – Albert Costa vs. the winner of Sebastian Grosjean and Younes El Aynaoui
9:00 pm – John McEnroe vs. the winner of Mats Wilander and Yannick Noah

Saturday – August 24, 2016
2:00 pm A tribute to Manolo Santana
9:00 pm – Final

The Andalusian Tennis Federation will be responsible for the organization of team of referees and linesmen.

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Senior Masters Cup Press Conference

The press conference for the Senior Masters Cup tennis tournament being held at the Puente Romano Tennis Club from September 22 – 24 took place this morning at the Ayuntamiento (Town Hall) in Marbella’s old town. MarbellaAzul.com was of course there to bring you the news.

Marbella’s mayor José Bernal, Albert Costa (the tournament’s director), Jorge Manzur (Puente Romano’s Director General) and Spain’s 1966 Wimbledon champion Manuel Santana were there to tell us all about it. The competitors for this year’s event are John McEnroe (USA), Yannick Noah (France), Mats Wilander (Sweden), Sebastian Grosjean (France), Younes el Aynaoul (Morrocco) and Albert Costa (Spain).

José Bernal said “‘It is an honour for Marbella to be holding such a prestigious event. It is a unique opportunity and a priviledge to see and enjoy internationally famous tennis legends like John McEnroe, Yannick Noah and Mats Wilander here in Marbella.” 

“We are hoping the Senior Masters Cup will become one of the most important social and sporting events in Marbella’s calendar” said Albert Costa, the director of this year’s tournament.

All the action and the social and sporting events associated with this tournament will be held at the Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa. José Manzur, Puente Romano’s Director General said “It is a great honour for Puente Romano to be holding an important event like the Seniors Masters Cup”.

The matches will be played in the evening at 19.00 and 21.00. and it will be televised on Teledeporte (TVE). During the day, attendees and sponsors will be able to enjoy the benefits of Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa. 

Programme:

Thursday 22 September
19.00 Match 1 – Sebastian Grosjean vs Younes El Aynaoui
21.00 Match 2 – Mats Wilander vs Yannick Noah

Friday 23 September
19.00 Match 3 Albert Costa vs  Winner of Match 1
21.00 Match 4 John McEnroe v Winner of Match 2

Saturday 24 September
21.00 FINAL Winner of Match 3 vs Winner of Match 4

Click here to obtain tickets or Tel. +34 902 224 411

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