News from Around Banderas Bay | July 2007
|XXIII Copa Canto Del Sol Tennis Tournament July 31st - August 5th|
Bob Cohen - PVNN
The XXIII Annual Copa Canto Del Sol Tennis Tournament will begin on July 31, 2007 and its conclusion will be on August 5, 2007. Once again Canto Del Sol Tennis Director Martin Parra and his staff will host the tournament which traditionally has a host of Guadalajara players in the tournament. This is the one amateur tournament in Puerto Vallarta that is sanctioned by the Jalisco Tennis Association; therefore valuable points can be won at all levels of play.
|These girls competed last year and will be back to play again.|
|The stands were full for the final matches.|
The categories are the "open" or AA, A, B, C, C50, D50 and beginners. There is also doubles play in the Copa Canto Del Sol and points will be awarded in each modality. The winner in any singles division receives 96 points and the finalist wins 80 points. Moving downward to the semifinals and below the point allocation is 64, 48, 32, 12 and 8. In doubles, the winners will receive 48 points each and the finalists will get 40 points. Moving down again the allocation is 32, 24, 16, and 8.
There were well over 200 competitors last year and the tournament had many rain delays. The Canto Del Sol Tennis Club has four uncovered clay courts and four covered hard courts and are the only facility in the Vallarta area that has protected courts. Last year many clay court events delayed play as a huge thunderstorm hit one evening early in the tournament and the four scheduled court matches were worked into the hard court schedule. Matches that were scheduled to start at 6:00PM were played at anywhere from 9:00 - 10:00PM and there was hardly a complaint.
The deadline to enter the tournament is at 6:00 PM on Friday, July 27th in Puerto Vallarta. Those entering in Guadalajara have an earlier deadline by one day. The cost is 350 pesos per person and this gives you the right to play both singles and doubles. The draw will be presented on Sunday, July 29th in the Salon Jazmin at 6:00PM during the welcome cocktail party. To enter, either stop by the Canto Del Sol Tennis Club or call the resort at 226-0123 and ask for the tennis courts or in Spanish the "Cancha de Tenis".
Running concurrently is another tournament; this is the Copa Grupo 3, which is for youth aged 10-18. The levels are 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 and there will also be singles and doubles play. The Copa 3 will run from August 1st - August 4th and entries will be handled the same way. The cost is 220 pesos and the draws will be posted at the same cocktail party mentioned above.
Rules are being played under the A.T.J. and F.M.T., which are the Jalisco governing body headed by the President of the Jalisco Tennis Association, Ing. Manuel Martinez Flores. Manuel has been the head of the Jalisco association for a number of years. The Canto Del Sol is headed by General Manager Rene Rodriguez and Tennis Director Martin Parra. The tournament staff also includes Polo Torres, Polo Martinez and Leonardo Lopez.
If you are a tennis player, regardless of level, come join the 200+ entrants for the tournament. People around the club are already buzzing about the event and there will be plenty of spectators as well. Join us all for a week of competition, exercise and most importantly, fun.