SANTA PONSA, February 12, 2018 (Press Release)
Angelique Kerber, former World No. 1 and two-time Grand Slam champion, will play in the third edition of the WTA Mallorca Open, which will take place at the Country Club Santa Ponsa from the 17th til the 24th June. The German player, who started 2018 by winning Sydney and reaching the Australian Open semi-finals, is the second player confirmed for the tournament after Caroline Garcia.
“I am really excited to play the Mallorca Open 2018”, said Kerber. “I love the island of Mallorca and the beautiful grass courts in Santa Ponsa in which I had the chance to prepare for Wimbledon last year. I am just happy to be playing here in 2018 and look forward to see you all there!”.
Kerber, World No. 9 at the moment, has started the season in extraordinary form, back to her best. In 2016, the German achieved the best results in her career, a dream season, reaching her first Grand Slam final in Melbourne, where she beat Serena Williams, winning the Silver medal at the Rio Olympics and also winning her second Grand Slam title at the US Open. Those results made her reach the throne at the WTA Rankings, a position she held for 20 straight weeks.
“We are thrilled to have Kerber for this new edition of the Mallorca Open,” said Toni Nadal, Tournament Director. “I saw her playing during the Australian Open, where she reached the semi-finals, and I think she can clinch the World No. 1 again. It is a pleasure to have a two-time Grand Slam champion playing in Mallorca.” It will be the first appearance for Kerber at the Mallorca Open, a very special tournament for the debutant. The German, who also reached the Wimbledon final in 2016, is a regular on the Island, where she spends long breaks practicing and also resting. Now, Kerber will have the opportunity to fight for the title, a crown that now possesses Anastasija Sevastova.
“We are delighted that the two-time Grand Slam champion will start at the Mallorca Open 2018”, said Edwin Weindorfer, CEO of the Emotion Group. “It is, with no doubt, the perfect grass-court preparation for Angelique in her pursue of the desired Wimbledon Crown. It is also great news for the German speaking Kerber fans, for which we want to organize specific travel and hospitality options, making sure they can enjoy the superstar at the Mallorca Open 2018”.
Kerber’s confirmation is the second one for the tournament, which also announced last December the participation of Caroline Garcia for third consecutive year. Two Top-10 players are now confirmed in the players field for the Mallorca Open, an event that is ready to live the best edition so far, with more exciting news to come shortly.
Tickets for the tournament are now on sale on the official tournament website www.mallorcaopen.org and, as one of the most exciting news for this edition 2018, you will be able to watch live tennis in Mallorca from just 18 euros. A perfect opportunity to see the best WTA players in the world live.