The Guadalajara Open is making history as the biggest tennis tournament in Mexico and by extension, the whole of Latin America. With the Grand Slam tournaments over, all eyes are set on the new Mexican Open. Let’s review everything you need to know about the new Guadalajara Open.
Guadalajara Open Akron Tennis Tournament
The GDL Open Akron is a professional tennis tournament held outdoors on a hard court. The event is a part of the WTA Tour and of the WTA1000s category- events directly below the Grand Slam. This year, for the first time the Mexico WTA Open will be held at Guadalajara. 2022 will also mark the first edition of the tournament being of the WTA1000s category. The tournament came about due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and allegations against the Chinese Communist Party, due to which the tournaments in Russia and China respectively were canceled. The title sponsor Akron is a lubricant, grease, and additive manufacturer and distributor.
|Venue||Pan-American Tennis Center|
|Draw||64 Singles, 32 Doubles|
Guadalajara Open History and Previous Winners
The Guadalajara Open is akin to the 2022 Mexican Open for the WTA Tour. Originally the Mexican Open was of the WTA Internationals category where the winner received 280 ranking points but from 2020 onwards, the category was discontinued. In 2021, there was no WTA tournament held in Mexico but as more and more of the tour’s events were canceled, a WTA1000 tournament was created to compensate. The Mexican Open, also called the Abierto Mexicano Telcel was first established in 1993 as a part of the ATP Tour. The first WTA event was 8 years later in 2001 and the tournament became an annual event.
As the GDL Open Akron is the first of its kind, there are no champions. But, looking at its previous iterations as a part of the Mexican Open, the reigning champion is Heather Watson- winner of the 2012 Japan Open and Wimbledon 2016 mixed-doubles champion. As for the doubles category, the previous winners are Desirae Krawcyzk and Giuliana Olmos, both of whom will be returning to defend their titles but on separate teams.
The Guadalajara Open has breathed new life into Mexican WTA tournaments, bringing the city to the same level as the tennis capitals of the world. It is currently unclear whether the Open will be a one-off event or an annual championship, but with the overwhelmingly positive reception from tennis fans around the world, there is hope for the WTA Tour in Mexico.
Guadalajara Open 2022 Champions
In singles, American star Jessica Pegula wins GDL OPEN AKRON singles title against Maria Sakkari. Jessica wins her 1st career wta 1000 level tour. Besides this Jessica also qualified for Wta Finals 2022. In final Jessica defeated Maria with straight set (6-2, 6-3). In doubles Championship, Australian star Storm Sandders and Brazilian star Luisa Stefani defeated Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil and Anna Danilina of Kazakhstan in tie breaker (7-6, 6,7, 10-8). Sanders storm also announced her marriage that she is going to married in 3 weeks.
Guadalajara Open Prize Money and Points
Seeing as the tournament is a first for Mexico and no official prize money distribution scheme has been released, there are no prior tournaments we can look to for estimating the prize money distribution. Thus, keep in mind the prize money noted below is speculation and may be subject to change.
|Stage||Singles Prize Money||Doubles Prize Money||WTA Points|
|2nd Round||$15,080||$9,800||60 S,105 D|
For the doubles category, the prize money listed will be evenly split, i.e. the champion team players will get $55,500 each (from $111,000).
Guadalajara Open Players
Even though it’s the first edition, the Guadalajara Open has almost all of the top 30 in attendance, including Rank no. 3, Annet Kontaveit as the top seed, as well as the previous world no.4 and 2019 runner-up Sofia Kenin. As of October 7th, the player’s list is as follows.
Top Seeds Singles
|4||Jessica Pegula (Champion 2022)||6|
|5||Maria Sakkari (Runner-up)||7|
|12||Beatriz Haddad Maia||15|
Singles wild card entries
- Fernanda Contreras Gomes
- Bianca Andreescu
- Sofia Kenin
Top Seeds Doubles
|Seed||Player||WTA Ranking (Doubles)|
|1||Kateřina Siniaková/Barbora Krejčíková||1/2|
|2||Elise Mertens/Veronika Kudermetova||3/4|
|3||Coco Gauff/Jessica Pegula||5/6|
|4||Giuliana Olmos/Gabriela Dabrowski||7/8|
|5||Jeļena Ostapenko/Lyudmyla Kichenok||9/10|
|6||Nicole Melichar-Martinez/Ellen Perez||11/16|
|7||Demi Schuurs/Desirae Krawczyk||13/15|
|8||Yang Zhaoxuan/Xu Yifan||14/20|
Guadalajara Open Draws
The tournament will have 64 singles and 32 doubles draws. The draws will be released as the Open commences.
Guadalajara Open Dates
The Guadalajara Open conducted from the 15th-23rd of October. The qualifying rounds lasted for the 2 day-15th and 16th, while the tournament main draw started from the 17th and final played on 23rd. 2 practice days held on the 13th and 14th,
Guadalajara Open Schedule
|Dates||Singles Matches||Doubles Matches|
|17th October||1st Round||1st Round|
|18th October||1st Round and 2nd Round||1st Round|
|19th October||2nd Round||1st Round and 2nd Round|
|20th October||3rd Round||2nd Round|
|21st October||Quarter Finals||Quarter Finals|
|22nd October||Semi Finals||Semi Finals|
Guadalajara Open Tickets
The tickets for the event are available for the practice days, qualifying rounds and the main draw. They can be purchased from Boletomóvil and the link mentioned below will take you directly to the Guadalajara page.
For information regarding the venue, accommodations, and seating arrangements throughout the tournament, click the link below.