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Valencia Open 500, the show begins
Publishing date 14/10/2013
The players are ready to serve and the Valencia Open 500 tennis tournament is poised to get off to a great start. Headed by David Ferrer, the world's greatest tennis players will be gathering in the Ágora building in the City of Arts and Sciences from 19 to 27 October. Haas, Isner, Simon, Mónaco, Monfils, Janowicz, Youzhny, Fognini and Tipsarevic will be competing with Almagro, Robredo, Verdasco and Feliciano López. Let the show begin!
Once again the eyes of the world's tennis fans are on Valencia. This is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy watching some of the best tennis players on the planet, 12 of the 25 top ranked players in the world, including most members of the "Spanish Armada", which has given us so many victories. Valencia's David Ferrer, current champion and world number 4, has confirmed he will be at the event. Other players taking part include Tommy Haas (13), winner this year in Munich and finalist in San José; Jerzy Janowicz (14); John Isner (15), 2013 winner in Atlanta and Houston and finalist in Washington and in the Cincinnati Masters 1000; Gilles Simon (16), straight from reaching the final at Eastbourne; Fabio Fognini (17), champion in Hamburg and Stuttgart and finalist in Umag; Mikhail Youzhny (20), finalist at the Valencia Open 500 ATP World Tour in 2009; Kevin Anderson (21); Janko Tipsarevic (23), who had an early season win in Chennai; Marin Cilic (24); Philipp Kohlschreiber (25), finalist in Stuttgart, Munich and Auckland this year. Other players expected are Juan Mónaco (30), winner in Düsseldorf, finalist in Kitzbühel and finalist at the Valencia tournament in 2011; plus Gael Monfils (37), one of the most high-profile players on the circuit, fresh from reaching the final at Winston-Salem and Nice.
The Valencia Open 500 is also running a series of parallel events for professionals and general public alike. The most attractive are the International Sport Forum, the Valencia Open 500-Juan Carlos Ferrero National Wheelchair Tennis Masters and the Valencia Open 500 New Talent.
Valencia's love affair with tennis began many years ago. In fact, in 1995, the Turia capital hosted an International Series tournament that attracted top players. The tournament returned to Valencia in 2003 and up to 2008 matches were played at Valencia Tennis Club. In 2009 the Open took a great leap forward and became an ATP World Tour 500 tournament held in the City of Arts and Sciences. It was here that the term "Guardian of the Ágora", the name given to the winner, was coined. Up to now, only Andy Murray, David Ferrer and Marcel Granollers have been guardians of the warrior trophy.