Fernando Verdasco will headline the XXXVI edition of the Open Castilla y León Villa de El Espinar, to be held from July 25 to 31 at the facilities of the Pedro Muñoz Sports Complex in La Estación de El Espinar.
Verdasco was champion of the Open Castilla y León Villa de El Espinar in 2007 by beating Australian Alun Jones in the final and in his career he has a total of seven ATP titles, besides being a protagonist of the golden age of Spanish tennis as a member of the Armada, with which he won the Davis Cup in 2008, 2009 and 2011.
Verdasco was ranked number 7 in the world on April 20, 2009. In addition to Verdasco, Frenchman Ugo Umbert, current Top 112 in the world and who was proclaimed champion of the championship in 2018, is entered in the final draw of the Tournament.
Umbert shot up in the ATP ranking after winning in El Espinar. He reached 25th in the world in August 2021. In his palmarés there are already three ATP titles, all of them won after his explosion in the Open Castilla y León Villa de El Espinar.
It is possible that this year there will be a total of four champions in El Espinar in the final draw of the Tournament. In addition to Verdasco and Umbert, Eugeny Donskoy, champion in 2015 and 2012 and Nicola Kuhn, winner in 2019, are registered as ‘reserves’.
For the final draw are also registered tennis players like Hugo Grenier (Top 141), finalist in 2021; the Portuguese Nuno Borges (123); Constant Lestiene (149); Jay Clarke (156) or Ryan Penniston (135), who comes from making great tournaments in Eastbourne and Queen’s.
The women’s ITF is back After two years of absence, the women’s tournament is back. It will be, as in 2019 a 25,000 category ITF. The last champion of the tournament was the Dutch Arantxa Rus. The winners of the event also include the Spanish Rocío de la Torre, the Russian Ludmila Samsonova, who, after winning in El Espinar, is signing an ascending career with victory in the Billie Jean King included, Jessica Ponchet and Paula Badosa, who has reached this year the Top 3 of the WTA.