The croatian Ivo Karlovic, first champion of the Los Cabos Open, will challenge the Australian Jordan thompson in the most attractive duel of the first round of the ATP 250 tournament, which this Saturday held its main draw draw.
In 2016, Karlovic, 210 in the ATP ranking, won the final against Spanish Feliciano López, to proclaim himself the first monarch of the Los Cabos spa tournament that will take place from July 19 to 24.
In Los Cabos, Karlovic will begin his farewell tour as he will retire at the US Open, which will be held from Monday, August 30 to Sunday, September 12.
The two main favorites to win Los Cabos, the British Cameron Norrie, 32 of the world, and the American John isner, at 34, they will go directly to the round of 16.
In the next stage, Norrie will face the winner of the duel between the Swede Elias Ymer and a tennis player from the classification, while Isner will face the victor between the Russian Evgeny donskoy and the Taiwanese Jason Jung.
The Latinos in the main draw at the moment are the Ecuadorian Emilio Gomez, who will face a rival of the classification and the mexican Gerardo López Villasenor, which will challenge the American Steve Johnson.
30 percent of the squad is made up of American players, among which stand out Sam Querrey and Taylor Fritz, who will go straight to the next round.
The 2021 edition of the Los Cabos Open will be played without an audience and will mark the return of the tournament after a 2020 in which it was suspended due to the covid-19 pandemic.
In addition to Karlovic, the other winners were Querrey, in 2017; the Italian Fabio Fognini, in 2018; and the Argentine Diego schwartzman, in 2019.
The Los Cabos tournament will open a new venue this year, the Cabo Sports Complex, which boasts a stadium with capacity for 3,500 fans.
Los Cabos will be held prior to the ATP 500 in Washington and the 1,000 Masters in Toronto and Cincinnati, so several tennis players will take the contest as a preparation for the tour that precedes the last Grand Slam of the year, the United States Open.