Mallorca will once again host a tournament on the Professional Tennis Association (ATP) circuit. The German tournament management company E | Motion has taken ownership of the Tennis Country Club Santa Ponça to be able to carry out the ATP 250 Mallorca Championships category tournament. As explained by the managing director of the tournament, Félix Torralba, the company has invested more than three million euros in the purchase of the site and the subsequent retrofitting to be able to host a professional circuit tournament.
The WTA in Mallorca was played at the Tennis Country Club Santa Ponça between 2016 and 2019, and moved to Berlin in 2020 to be played under the name Grass Court Tounament, increasing the category from 250 to 500. On the other hand, ATP Antalya Turkish Open, 250 category, left its license to the ATP which, After an auction between three entities, it ended up winning the Mallorca Championships, at least, for the next three editions.
In order to carry out the tournament, after the purchase of the venue, the German company launched at the beginning of the year the expansion and remodeling of the tennis club, which will have four new paddle tennis courts, a new clay court, a fast surface court similar to that of the Australian Open and a new center court, with capacity for 3,500 spectators. The works are scheduled to finish in May, one month before the tournament starts, which will be from June 19 to 26.
A series of renovations have also been started to recondition the changing room area, the club entrance, as well as the restaurant and the social room for be able to open the Tennis Country Club Santa Ponça to members in September with a soft opening and thus be able to generate business not only when the tournament is played, if not with the realization of other events and various championships.
The ATP Mallorca Championships will replace the WTA tournament in Mallorca
The German company has an agreement with the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (Aeltc), the organizer of Wimbledon, who oversees grass tournaments in preparation for the Grand Slam. In this sense, Aeltc is in charge of controlling the grass tracks and preserving the day-to-day running of the grass season, which barely lasts three weeks on a one-year circuit. Despite being allies, each company works with its own resources.
During the presentation of the event yesterday, the tournament director, Toni Nadal, confirmed that a total of 1,500 spectators will be able to access the venue per day, after the organization has reached an agreement with the respective local authorities of Calvià. (Mallorca) after the presentation of an anti-Covid prevention plan.
Due to the weather conditions of the islands, the event can be held outdoors until around midnight with the help of artificial lighting. “The proximity of the dates to Wimbledon makes it difficult to attract the best tennis players”, Commented Toni Nadal, who, despite this, has managed to attract for the moment the Spaniards Fernando Verdasco, Feliciano López and the Australian Nick Kyrgios,“ a tennis player who opts for victory at Wimbledon ”, he highlighted.
E | Motion now controls four tournaments on the professional tennis circuit
Although there are many tennis players to be confirmed in the Balearic event, the German company has made an economic effort to be able to carry out the tournament with the best possible poster. “E | Motion believed that having a prize money of 900,000 euros was the best way to convince players to comeNadal said yesterday. Precisely, this amount is the highest that will be distributed in an ATP 250 category tournament in Europe.
In the last edition of the WTA of Mallorca in 2019, the income of the event was divided into three different branches: 60% belonged to the income derived from the sponsorship, 25% of the ticketing of the tournament and 15% from other types of income, as detailed by Félix Torralba.
As for the sponsors of the 2021 edition, the tournament has not yet signed with any company such as title sponsor, unlike the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell or the Mutua Madrid Open, because, according to the managing director, “we still have to settle down for a large company to bet heavily on us,” he concludes.
Important entities at the local level such as Bancamarch, Engel & Volkers or Quirón Salud were announced yesterday during the presentation of the event. Others of international scope such as Orange and Rakuten will also sponsor the Mallorca Championships, which has maintained the prices for the 2021 edition, which cost 25 euros for attendees.
The German company owns other ATP tournaments such as the Erste Bank Open in Vienna and the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart and the WTA Bett1open in Berlin. In 2020, it held two provisional tournaments in Cologne and recently was awarded the Davis Cup management at one of the European venues, in Innsbruck (Switzerland).
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E | Motion invests more than three million to bring an ATP tournament to Mallorca