Carballes Baena To Headline Sanchez-Casal Challenger

Presentation of the second edition of the Sanchez Casal Challenger (photo: Sanchez-Casal Academy)

EL PRAT DE LLOBREGAT, September 18, 2019

The ATP Challenger Tour will return to the Greater Barcelona area for the second edition of the Sanchez-Casal Head by NH Hotel Group held from September 30 to October 6, 2019. The official presentation of the €46,600 clay-court event was held on Tuesday at the Sanchez-Casal Academy, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

The entry list is led by defending champion Roberto Carballes Baena, who defeated fellow Spaniard Pedro Martinez in last year’s final in three sets. The 26-year-old Tenerife native won two ATP Challenger titles this season at Murcia and Lisbon and is currently ranked at World No. 77.

Carballes Baena will be joined by fellow top 100 player Martin Klizan from Slovakia as well as a strong contingent of Spanish tennis cracks. Recent Copa Sevilla champion Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and #NextGenATP star Jaume Munar will also be part of the line-up.

Sergio Casal, Tournament Director, points out that “our goal is for this event to be a fixed appointment for the players in their calendar. In addition to the important support of the RFET (Spanish Tennis Federation), this year we have the collaboration of the Diputación de Barcelona and the broadcast by Eurosport and Liga TV. This will give special projection to the tournament”.

Marisa Sánchez Vicario, President of the Emilio Sánchez Vicario Foundation, stressed that “the tournament is organized with the support of the Emilio Sánchez Vicario Foundation, which will hold a charity concert featuring Locos por la Música, (with performance by OBK and Abbeys Beat), a trial for the Casper Tour and a Tennis Clinic.”

Entry list:

76 Carballes Baena, Roberto (ESP)
90 Klizan, Martin (SVK)
109 Davidovich Fokina, Alejandro (ESP)
112 Munar, Jaume (ESP)
114 Martin, Andrej (SVK)
120 Caruso, Salvatore (ITA)
121 Lorenzi, Paolo (ITA)
123 Sousa, Pedro (POR)
136 Balazs, Attila (HUN)
138 Giustino, Lorenzo (ITA)
140 Giannessi, Alessandro (ITA)
142 Mager, Gianluca (ITA)
148 Baldi, Filippo (ITA)
149 Martinez, Pedro (ESP)
150 Garcia-Lopez, Guillermo (ESP)
154 Gaio, Federico (ITA)
156 Haase, Robin (NED)
157 Molleker, Rudolf (GER)
161 Ofner, Sebastian (AUT)
166 Coppejans, Kimmer (BEL)
170 Diez, Steven (CAN)
176 Ramanathan, Ramkumar (IND)
179 Domingues, Joao (POR)
187 Griekspoor, Tallon (NED)
189 Horansky, Filip (SVK)
190 Vilella Martinez, Mario (ESP)
196 Trungelliti, Marco (ARG)
201 Robredo, Tommy (ESP)
205 Menendez-Maceiras, Adrian (ESP)
226 Kavcic, Blaz (SLO)
228 Berlocq, Carlos (ARG)
236 Zapata Miralles, Bernabe (ESP)
239 Safwat, Mohamed (EGY)
259 Kotov, Pavel (RUS)
263 Petrovic, Danilo (SRB)
264 Taberner, Carlos (ESP)
269 Cachin, Pedro (ARG)
279 Moroni, Gian Marco (ITA)
280 Eriksson, Markus (SWE)
284 Brancaccio, Raul (ITA)