Grand Prix Hassan II Facts and Trivia

Grand Prix Hassan II Facts and Trivia (pic: ATP)

Grand Prix Hassan II Facts and Trivia (pic: ATP)

Kicking off at the start of April, the Grand Prix Hassan II is an outdoor clay court tournament at ATP 250 level. Let’s get into some Grand Prix Hassan II facts and trivia!

Grand Prix Hassan II Facts

Challenging Beginnings

Though now an ATP 250 even, the Grand Prix Hassan II started life on the Challenger Series in 1984. It would be 1990 before the tournament joined the ATP tour. The tournament was originally held in Casablanca, Morocco, however it moved to Marrakesh in 2015.

Funding

The tournament is funded entirely by Morocco’s King Mohammed VI. Having a major patron is not unusual for tennis tournaments, but not many can claim to be bank rolled by royalty!

African Connection

The Grand Prix Hassan II has the unique honour of being the only ATP World Tour event that is held in Africa.

Homegrown Champions

In its relatively brief history, only two Moroccans have ever won the tournament. These homegrown heroes were Hichman Arazi in 1997, and Younes El Aynaoui in 2002.

Repeat Champions

In the brief history of the tournament, including the six years as a Challenger tournament, only two players have won the Grand Prix Hassan II tournament more than once. Guillermo Pérez Roldán won back to back titles in 1992 and 1993. It would be nearly twenty years before another repeat champion came along. Pablo Andújar won his first Grand Prix Hassan II in 2011, and followed it up with another title win in 2012.

Prize Money

The prize money on offer in Marrakesh is €450,000.

 

That’s all the Grand Prix Hassan II facts and trivia I have for you… for now. It’s still a relatively young tournament, so there’s not a whole lot to say. But if you see something I’ve missed, or want to make a correction, drop a comment blow!

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