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The Mapfre Tennis League is already defined, in the almost complete men’s category, devised by the Royal Spanish Tennis Federation (RFET) to reactivate the competition at the highest level in Spain; provided that the ATP and ITF events are not resumed, currently postponed until August.
The first edition of this quadrangular tour that will take place from July 10 to August 2, 2020 will cover clay courts in Asturias, Catalonia, the Community of Madrid and the Valencian Community.
The four tournaments that make up the League, aimed at the Spanish players best placed in the ATP ranking, will be held consecutively in Lleida, Madrid, Villena (Alicante) and Avilés (Asturias).
At least 20 matches (5 per tournament) will be offered live on Teledeporte RTVE, after the agreement reached between the public entity and the RFET.
In the first competition, 8 top players will be able to take part within a conventional system of qualifying for the quarterfinals, semifinals and final and will take place at the Club Tennis Lleida (entity with 95 years of history) between July 10 and 12.
The second appointment will be held in Madrid (although at the close of this information the venue was still not confirmed) within a format more typical of events by teams, with 10 players spread over two teams, and will be from July 17 to 19.
Then the tournaments will take place at the JC Ferrero Equelite Sport Academy (30 years of history), with a knockout system from July 24 to 26; to conclude on the courts of the Real Club de Tenis Avilés (close to reaching its first 60 years of age), group competition for the group between July 31 and August 2.
The Mapfre League will offer some prizes per tournament whose endowment could be between that of an ATP Challenger 80 (like most of those held in Spain) and that of an ATP Challenger 90.
At the conclusion of the contest there will be a winner, resulting from the sum of points after the four events, which will lead to a complementary prize.
Some of the players to whom this RFET proposal is addressed have already welcomed the news with optimism, cases of Roberto Bautista (number 12 of the ATP ranking), Pablo Carreño (25), Albert Ramos (41), Pablo Andújar (53), Feliciano López (56), Alejandro Davidovich (97) or Roberto Carballés (99).
On the other hand, the RFET plans to announce in the coming days the homer of the female tour for the Spanish players with the best world ranking.
The Mapfre Women’s Tennis League will also be made up of four events but with tables of 24 players and eliminatory rounds, the tournaments of the RACE Sports Complex in San Sebastián de los Reyes (Madrid) and the Els Gorchs Tennis Club in Llerona already being confirmed, Les Franqueses del Vallés (Barcelona), both on fast track.
All events will take place following the instructions of the Superior Sports Council of the Government of Spain.
Calendar Mapfre Men’s Tennis League
Lleida, Club Tennis Lleida, conventional qualifying rounds, July 10-12Madrid, venue to be confirmed, system of 2 groups of 5 players, July 17-19Villena (Alicante), JC Ferrero Equelite Sport Academy, conventional qualifying rounds, July 24-26Aviles (Asturias), Real Club Tenis de Avilés, system of 2 groups of 5 players, July 31 to August 2.