The newest addition to the WTA Tour, Merida Open 2023, finds its home in the capital city of the Mexican state of Yucatan. Merida will be hosting the new WTA 250 Merida Open tournament, filling a vacant spot in the country. As the tournament heads towards its inaugural edition, let’s get you all caught up with everything you need to know about this fledgling event.
Merida Open Tennis Tournament
The Merida Open, also known as Merida Open Akron for sponsorship reasons is an upcoming annual outdoor hard-court tennis tournament set in the capital city of Yucatan, Mexico. As a WTA Tour-sanctioned event, the tournament will be of WTA 250 category and will take place at the Yucatan Country Club.
This year will mark the inaugural edition of the event as it was established in order to fill the vacancy created after Abierto Akron Zapopan was canceled. The title sponsor Akron is an energy sector group based in Mexico.
|Location||Merida, Yucatan, Mexico|
|Venue||Yucatan Country Club|
|Tour category||WTA 250|
|Draw||32 S, 16 D|
Merida Open 2023 Results
Camila Giorgi won the first edition of the tournament in Merida, Mexico, a competition valid for the WTA 250 circuit. In the final, the Italian, number 68 in the world, got the title after beating Sweden star Rebecca Peterson. In an alternating current final, she recovers a break from a disadvantage during the third set and spreads against Rebecca Peterson. Fourth career title, the first after the historic one in Canada. Camila Giorgi won the Mexican tournament in the final set (7-6, 1-6, 6-2)in Merida on Sunday, for the first time on the WTA calendar.
The duo of the American Caty McNally and the French Diane Parry, win the Doubles Final of the Mérida Open Akron with dominance. Chinese duo Wang Xinyu/Wu Fangxian lost their champion title to Caty McNally/Diane Parry with a 0-6, 5-7 defeat on Sunday in the finals of the WTA250 Merida Open.
Merida Open History and Previous Winners
Merida Open History
For the first time ever, the city of Merida will be hosting a WTA 250 event. As mentioned earlier, the Merida Open is a replacement for the now-defunct Abierto Zapopan. The tournament was based in Zapopan, Mexico, and upon its cancellation, a vacuum was created in Mexico for a new WTA 250 event.
Akron, the title sponsor for both tournaments has sponsored multiple other tennis events as well, most notably the Guadalajara Open Akron which is another Mexican tennis event of the WTA 500 category.
The Merida Open’s predecessor, the Abierto Zapopan, was a short-lived event that only had 3 editions. The 2022 champion Sloane Stephens will be participating in the inaugural edition of the Merida Open.
Merida Open Previous Winners
|Year||Singles Champions||Doubles Champions|
|2023||Camila Giorgi||Caty McNally / Diane Parry|
Merida Open Prize Money
The total prize money for the Merida Open is set at $259,300. This is a standard value for WTA 250 events. Unfortunately, the event organizers have not yet released a prize distribution so instead, we will be looking at the distribution of the money as it was during the ASB Classic/ Auckland Open, The tournament had the exact same prize money commitment so it should be similar to the final distribution.
|Stage||Singles Prize Money||Doubles Prize Money||WTA Points|
Merida Open 2023 Dates
The Merida Open main draw will take place across a week from 20-26th February with a qualifying round set on the weekend prior; the 18th and 19th of February.
Merida Open Draws
The Merida Open will have 32 singles and 16 doubles draws that will be released as the event progresses.
Merida Open 2023 Tennis Schedule
The schedule for the Merida Open 2023 is as follows:
|Date||Singles Matches||Doubles Matches|
|20th February||Round 1||——|
|21st February||Round 1||Round 1|
|22nd February||Round 2||Round 1|
|23rd February||Round 2||Quarter Final|
|24th February||Quarter Final||Quarter Final|
Merida Open 2023 Live Results
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Merida Open 2023 Players Entry list
Although this will be the inaugural edition of the Merida Open, multiple Top 100 and Top 50 players. World no. 22 and recently an Australian Open quarter-finalist Magda Linette leads the singles competition as the top seed. Following her is another Australian Open quarter-finalist and world no. 33 Donna Vekic. Aside from these 2, there are even Grand Slam champions confirmed to play in the main draw who are 2017 US Open winner Sloane Stephens and doubles no. 1 Katerina Siniakova who has won 3 doubles major titles.
Other notable players include Nadia Podoroska, a former 2020 Grand Slam semi-finalist who was given a secured ranking, and youngster Elisabetta Cocciaretto who was runner-up at the Hobart International. The full player list is as follows:
Merida Open 2023 Singles Top seed
Remaining Players list
|Nuria Parrizas Diaz||79|
|Nadia Podoroska (SR)||114|
|Fernanda Contreras Gomez (WC)||165|
|Marcela Zacarias (WC)||212|
Merida Open 2023 Wild Card Entries
- Nadia Podoroska (SR)
- Fernanda Contreras Gomez
- Marcela Zacarias
- Katie Volynets
- Simona Waltert
Merida Open 2023 Doubles Main Draw Entry
|1||Alicia Barnett / Olivia Nicholls||129|
|2||Kaitlyn Christian / Sabrina Santamaria||134|
|3||Anastasia Dețiuc / Eri Hozumi||136|
|4||Han Xinyun / Lidziya Marozava||137|
Merida Open 2023 Tickets
Tickets for the Merida Open Akron are available online from fever. A standard ticket applies for a day/night session with each day of the event split into 2 sessions, except for during the qualifying round and the 5th day of the event, i.e on the 18th, 19th, and 25th of February.
Multiple passes are also available including a full tournament passes, a qualifying round pass, and a finals pass that applies for the last 3 days of the event. A day pass is also available that applies for the first 4 days of the event, excluding the qualifying rounds.
To learn more about the tickets and what is included with each ticket, click the link below.
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