Argentina Open Facts and Trivia
The Argentina Open is an outdoor clay court event which takes place in Buenos Aires. This ATP World Tour 250 series tournament spans a week in mid-February. Let’s get into some Argentina Open facts and trivia.
Argentina Open Facts
The Argentina Open has been around in various forms since 1956, when it was known as the South American Championships. It has also been known as the South American Open and, through various sponsorship deals, the Copa AT&T, and the Copa Telmex. It is sometimes referred to as “ATP Buenos Aires”.
The total prize money on offer at the Argentina Open is $500,550 of your American dollars.
The tournament takes place at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club in the Palermo neighbourhood. The main court, known as the Horacio Billoch Caride Stadium, has the capacity to hold 5,500 people. The venue has hosted many Davis Cup and Fed Cup ties, and is also known as “Cathedral of Argentinian Tennis”.
Guilermo Vilas currently holds the record for most Argentina Open titles with a whopping eight. Perhaps more impressively, six of those titles came consecutively. Guilermo won every Argentina Open between 1973 and 1977. And if those numbers aren’t quite adding up, it’s because the tournament was held twice in 1977
Despite taking place in Argentina, the home crowd would have to wait some time for a local champion. Technically it was a seventeen year wait, although only ten tournaments took place in that period. That first Argentinian champion was the aforementioned Guilermo Vilas.
Argentina may have had to wait for a hometown hero, but they made up for lost ground. Argentina tops the list of winner’s by nation, with Argentinian players taking the title in Buenos Aires sixteen times. Spain are second on this list with fourteen.
Once part of the Grand Prix tennis circuit (from 1970 to 1989) the Argentina Open spent a brief time as an elite Grand Prix tournament. From 1970 to 1971, it was a Grand Prix Super Series event.
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