PUERTO VALLARTA, May 6, 2019
Sebastian Ofner is the champion of the $135,400 Puerto Vallarta Open presentado por la Afición held on hard courts at the Parque Parota. The No. 5 seed from Austria fought past No. 14 seed John-Patrick Smith of Australia, winning 7-6(8), 3-6, 6-3 in Sunday’s singles final.
Ofner sent down nine aces, winning 76 per cent of his first service points to secure victory in exactly two hours of play. The 22-year-old took out Frenchman Vincent Millot, Roberto Quiroz of Ecuador, compatriot Lucas Miedler and Mirza Basic from Bosnia and Herzogvina en route to the title match.
By lifting his second ATP Challenger trophy following his maiden triumph in Astana last year, Ofner took away from Mexico $18,000 in prize money as well as 110 ATP-Ranking points.
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Later in the day, Matt Reid and John-Patrick Smith clinched the doubles title. The No. 3 seeded Australians beat Gonzalo Escobar from Ecuador and Luis David Martinez of Venezuela 7-6(10), 6-3. The encounter lasted one hour and 20 minutes.
In 2018, the Puerto Vallarta Open made a dazzling debut under the glistening sun of the Mexican beach resort city, situated on the Pacific Ocean’s Bahía de Banderas. It earned Tournament of the Year honours in its inaugural edition. Nestled between the blue waters of the Pacific and the towering Sierra Madre mountains, the natural surroundings provided the perfect backdrop for an ATP Challenger Tour event.