The Extreme Tennis Experience : Acapulco Open 2014 Report


This was our first foray to the Acapulco Tennis Tournament and the location, event and warm hospitality exceeded our expectations.
Dominika Cibulkova and Grigor Dimitrov are not only stars on the court but off court they have excellent interpersonal skills and are wonderful ambassadors for the game of tennis. They both kindly agreed to have their photos taken with me and these are on my blog too.
Dimitrov is responsible for inspiring the title of this post.
On court this delightful young man passionately gives his all in an effort to eke out a victory. He scrambles, scrapes, dives and even crawls to make sure that ball stays in play.
He played a tough match against the talented but capricious and temperamental Gulbis and won through. Gulbis has a lot of potential and I see a rivalry developing between him and Dimitrov in the future. It was a pity that they met so early in the tournament because the match itself was as good as any ATP final you are ever likely to see.
Dimitrov then faced my countryman Andy Murray. It seemed to me that Andy for whatever reason was not on his best form in Acapulco. I also sensed that in spite of the warm Mexican welcome that he did not feel quite comfortable in his surroundings which was a pity because there was a lot to enjoy.
Dimitrov defeated Andy in a hard fought 3 set match. Andy may have suffered a wardrobe malfunction. He seemed constantly dripping with sweat which trickled down into his shoes. Humberto and I played for 2 hours or so at the courts at the Mayan Palace and I too was soaked from top to toe and my feet had washerwoman´s skin. The problem with this is that you run the risk of blisters and fungal infections. Professional tennis players routinely play with blisters and fungal skin infections but it is very unpleasant. To stay dry in Acapulco is impossible but frequent changes of clothing and shoes and socks are absolutely essential if you are a sweaty person like me or Andy Murray.
The ladies final between the lovely Christina McHale and Cibulkova proved to be a thrilling contest as McHale repeatedly saved match points denying the ultimate victory to Cibulkova many times.
The hardworking Christina McHale certainly has a future in the game mostly because of her work ethic and discipline. She thoroughly deserves this well earned success.
If you have never been to the Acapulco Open Tournament put it on your list and if you can afford it stay at the lovely ocean front Acapulco Princess and feast on extreme tennis. Grigor Dimitrov will be back next year to defend his title. It is an opportunity you should not miss!

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About Charlotte Ortega

I am a family physician and writer.I am an active member of the Puerto Vallarta Writers Group and I am coordinating this years International Writers Conference to be held in March in association with Los Mangos Library.Winters are spent in Mexico to escape the cold and the summers in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I am British born but have not lived in the U.K. since 1997. My blog is intended to inform would be travellers and those who view Mexico as a preferred retirement destination on every aspect of living in Mexico, the good and the other...My husband Humberto is Mexican and is a font of knowlege on the diverse cultural and social nuances which exist in this vibrant and colourful country.
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