La Manga Club hosts the qualifying round of the Federation Cup Spain Vs. Paraguay
The leading figures in the world of tennis met this Tuesday at La Manga Club to present the next ‘playoff’ of the Worldwide Group II of the Federation Cup. Spain will compete against Paraguay on the 21st and 22nd of April, in the Tennis Centre of the exclusive resort. The match will take place in the Centre Court at La Manga Club, with a capacity of more than 1,200 seats.
La Manga Club, 20th of March 2018.- La Manga Club will be the headquarters of the preliminary round of the Federation Cup for the duration of the Worldwide Group 2, among which are the female tennis teams from Spain and Paraguay, and will be played on the 21st and 22nd of April on Spanish soil. As a result of this forthcoming match, the leading figures in the world of tennis met this Tuesday in the exclusive resort. These individuals gathered to present the first playoff between both countries and the second time that Spain plays at home over the past four years. Some details about the qualifying round were shared during this event, such as the match will be played in the Centre Court of La Manga Club, with a capacity of 1,237 people (additional places are not to be expected) and that tickets will be sold through El Corte Inglés and in La Manga Club; with favourable prices of 15 euros per day and 25 euros for a two-day season ticket (season tickets are 20 euros for federates).
The presentation of the sporting event was held in the banquets lobby of the Hotel Principe Felipe 5*. It included the involvement of Adela Martínez-Cachá Martínez (the Education, Youth and Sport Minister of the Murcia Region), Alison Sowersby (International Delegate of the International Tennis Federation), Miguel Díaz Román (President of the Spanish Real Tennis Federation), Obdulia Gómez (Cartagena’s City Counsellor of Sport), and Jesús Abellán (Managing Director of La Manga Club). The Education, Youth and Sport Minister of the Murcia Region, Adela Martínez-Cachá Martínez, explained that “the celebration of this event is a great opportunity for the Region of Murcia, one which will unite two additional values: on the one hand, regarding women’s sport (that is living a special moment on a national and regional level), and on the other La Manga Club – an outstanding location with numerous prizes that support their work”.
The team, captained by Anabel Medina, arrives after the defeat against Italy in the first qualifying round of the Worldwide Group 2. As for Paraguay, the team advances after their victory in the American area defeating Brazil 2-0. Including role model Veronica Cepede, only 5 Paraguayan tennis players hold places in the global classification. The President of the Spanish Real Tennis Federation, Miguel Díaz Román, mentioned that “this concerns a competition of the highest international level, one that hundreds of countries will follow” and assured that “the favourite is Spain but it is difficult to know in competitions of this calibre”.
The Managing Director of La Manga Club, Jesús Abellán, illustrated the pride that will go hand in hand with the exclusive resort as it embraces a sports event of this worth. Addressing further that “we continue to make the most of significant ventures so that La Manga Club becomes the best sports resort of Europe and the Federation Cup will be a very important event so that we gain recognition in the national market”. Adding, “all of this owes to the daily work carried out by all of our team to offer the best tennis experience as much in our facilities as in our academy and in the distinct activities that are conducted”.
The gathering was also attended by other personalities such as Alonso Gómez López (General Director of Sports in the Region of Murcia), Manuel Fernández-Delgado Tomás (General Director of Tourism in the Region of Murcia), José Alcolea Heras (President of the Tennis Federation in the Region of Murcia) and Lorenzo Martínez Ruiz (Director of the Tennis Centre at La Manga Club).
The Tennis Centre at La Manga Club is made up of 28 courts, 20 of which are clay courts (as well as the exhibition and centre courts, with a capacity of 1,200 spectators), 4 hard courts, 4 artificial grass courts, 2 padel courts and a squash court. On many occasions it has been the headquarters of prestigious tournaments like the Davis Cup, the Fed Cup and the ATP.
The trajectory and experience of La Manga Club champions their organisation of tournaments, competitions and other sporting events like the sport academies in all of the sports administered at the resort: golf, tennis, football, rugby, triathlon, cricket and mountain biking, among others.
Furthermore, La Manga Club continues to expand its alliances with important organisations in the sector with the aim to continue offering the highest quality in this sport. Consequently, the complex has extended their collaboration agreement with Tennis Europe until 2020 (the chief tennis association across Europe made up of 50 federations) and is the overseas training headquarters for numerous European federations.