Photographs: Sara Sorribes (RFET) Carlos Alcaraz (JC Ferrero Equelite)
On the last weekend of July, the second official Mapfre RFET League competitions concluded in the women’s and men’s divisions called Valor (players beyond 100th ATP).
From those two tournaments on clay on the courts of the Castellón Tennis Club and the JC Ferrero Equelite Sport Academy in Villena (Alicante), Sara Sorribes and Carlos Alcaraz.
The Murcian junior, in addition to a great victory, was other evidence of his progression. Champion came out of a table that he accessed with an invitation card and led by Valencia’s Pedro Martínez P. (106th ATP) and Carlos Taberner (175th) and five other players among the top 25 in Spain.
Alcaraz started against Francisco Andreu, who came from the previous one and whom he defeated in two sets. In the second round he met Javier Barranco, seventh seed and who had just finished in the previous tournament in Barcelona, which he also beat in two sets. In the quarterfinals his rival was number 3 in the draw and former 23rd in the world, Guillermo García López, to whom he gave up the only set against (the second by 6-4). Access to the final was contested to the revelation player of the Valencia top tournament of the previous week, Carlos Taberner; whom he beat in two sets. And the final, against Bernabé Zapata, fourth seed and who has reached the 196th ATP this year, was resolved by Alcaraz 7-6 (1) and 6-4.
Carlos only yielded that set in 5 rounds and accounted for three of the top four seeded men to lift the trophy at his Equelite de Villena academy.
The Murcian coach under the command of Juan Carlos Ferrero and reaffirms every day his status as a promise of Spanish tennis. This same year he made his first foray into an ATP 500, that of Rio de Janeiro, where he made his debut beating Albert Ramos (41st in the world) and taking Federico Coria to the third set in the second round; in both cases with super tight markers.
Alcaraz already surprised in 2019 with his appearances in the ATP Challenger, especially in his capital, where he fanned thousands of fans with his tennis until the round of 16; and in Seville, when he reached the quarterfinals with the stands overturned.
The player from El Palmar, trained at the Real Sociedad Club de Campo de Murcia and who turned 17 in May, occupies the 318th ATP position, although he reached 314th in February; He is 74th in the ITF junior ranking where he reached 22 last January; and within the ITF events he won the Denia M25 in 2019 on land, and in early 2020 the two Manacor M15s on hard court. As a junior, he won the J1 de Villena in 2019, before surprising in the challengers, and the Bakkum Dutch (Netherlands) of grade 2 in 2018, both on clay.
Carlos Alcaraz will be one of the protagonists of the 25th anniversary tournament of his academy, along with Pablo Carreño, Alex De Miñaur, Joao Sousa, Alejandro Davidovich and Mario Vilella, between July 29 and August 2, after the postponement of its date. initial.
The next Valor League tournament is the Ferrer Tennis Academy, in La Nucía (Alicante), it is also held from July 29 to August 2 (preliminary phase from July 26 to 28).
In the women’s Mapfre League, the Castellón Sara Sorribes (83ª WTA and number 3 in Spain), like a week earlier in Platja d’Aro, he returned to serve as number one in the table and repeated the success of Girona at home.
Sorribes returned to meet in the semis with Lara Arruabarrena (third seed and 149th WTA), which she overcame in two sets to access a final that she resolved against Cristina Bucsa, fourth seed, 6-2 and 6-4.
Sara added her second consecutive victory in these tournaments endowed with 24,000 euros in prizes, saying goodbye to the club in her capital without fitting a single set in 4 games and giving up 21 games.
Among the protagonists of Castellón would also be the number 6 from Almería, Eva Guerrero, who had to leave the semifinal against Bucsa when her foot was twisted in the first point of the third set; and the childish grenadine Ariana Geerlings, who trains at the Real Murcia Club de Tenis 1919.
Photography: Real Murcia CT 1919
Geerlings entered the box as lucky loser, curiously replacing the one who was his executioner at the Conde de Godó sub-14 and at the Longines Masters in Spain two years earlier, Victoria Jiménez; And Ariana did not miss her rescue in the final frame.
The Andalusian settled in Murcia could not access from the previous one because she gave in the decisive match against Esther López, in three sets; but, being rescued as a lucky loser, in the first round of the main draw she again coincided with López, who this time she beat 6-3 and 6-2. In the round of 16 she met the runner-up of the Platja d’Aro tournament, the Gibraltarian Amanda Carreras (7th seed and 334th in the world) and won it in three rounds to get into the quarterfinals. In that penultimate round she stumbled upon Cristina Bucsa.
The child Geerlings, three times finalist (champion in 2019) of the Conde Godó sub-14 and double champion of children’s Spain, thus starred in an excellent debut in tournaments of much higher rank.
The last three matches of this CT Castellón tournament were offered live on television.
The third and last appointment of the women’s league is that of the Club Tennis Els Gorchs, in Llerona, Les Franqueses del Vallès (Barcelona), between July 29 and August 2.