The 2014 edition of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel—also known as the Mexican Open—was one of the most exciting events of the year, and it featured several of the top stars from the ATP and WTA Tours competing for the championship.
No. 4 seed Gregor Dimitrov defeated No. 5 seed Kevin Anderson for the title on the men’s side, and No. 1 seed Dominika Cibulkova defeated unranked Christina McHale to capture the championship in the women’s tournament.
The tournament was held at the Fairmont Acapulco Princess venue in Acapulco, Mexico, and there were major changes for this year’s event. The outdoor event was typically played on clay each year, but 2014 was the first year the blue hard courts were introduced.
The surface change led to some interesting results.
On the men’s side, top names like No. 1 seed David Ferrer, No. 2 seed Andy Murray and No. 3 seed John Isner helped make the deep tournament even more interesting.
As Murray's coach and former world No. 1 Ivan Lendl pointed out last month, the competition has improved mightily over the years, per The Independent's Paul Newman: "You look at the players in today's game and even guys ranked 200 are good players, so you still have to perform well. In our times when anybody was ranked 200, it was most of the time just glorified practice. That has changed dramatically."
The women’s side was just as intense.
No. 1 seed Dominika Cibulkova, No. 2 seed Eugenie Bouchard and No. 3 seed Kaia Kanepi made this one of the deepest women’s fields in an international tournament thus far in 2014 (not including the Australian Open).
With so much intense action from both the men’s and women’s side of the tournament, tennis fans across the world were treated to incredible action in Mexico.
*Statistics courtesy of the official Abierto Mexicano Telcel website.