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Muguruza Realises LatAm Tennis Dream In Mexico

29/11/21

- Grant Whittington

Garbine Muguruza realised early on in her life the importance of making the right decisions. Born to a Venezuelan mother and Basque father, one of those decisions would be whether to represent Venezuela or Spain once her tennis career took off at 21.

Today, she describes that decision as one of the most difficult of her life – and one that involved a great deal of thought and sensitivity.

She eventually chose Spain, but says she carries both countries in her heart.

Mexico Perhaps A U-Turn

All throughout her tennis journey to world No. 1, Muguruza has remained especially mindful of her roots. During those occasions she’d been able to compete in a Latin American country, she’s been sure to show visible support to LatAm-born women’s players and tennis betting fans have taken note.

Then, when it was finally announced the 2021 WTA Finals would be played in Guadalajara, Muguruza announced to the world that she had set her sights on playing in Mexico. All of this would only be made all the sweeter when she lifted the trophy in a country so very close to her heart.

With China officially on wonky ground after WTA CEO Steve Simon’s announcement regarding the immense frustration surrounding Chinese star Peng Shuai and the uncertainty about her safety, it has become clear that Guadalajara may have been a bigger sign of things to come.

Big Reset For Men’s Tennis

As for the men’s event in Turin – after a decade’s worth of contests at the O2 Arena – the new location seemed to offer a new opportunity for equalisation and a great “reset”. It also gave tennis betting enthusiasts a new court to check out and a chance to evaluate performances.

And it had been a great reset in more ways than one.

In Turin, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic was the only player in the top 8 older than 25 – not to mention the shortest.

During the final, it would be Alexander Zverev fighting a tight contest opposite Danill Medvedev. While both players stand unusually tall at 6ft-6in, they remain two of the most agile movers on the Tour.

Something else shared between them is that they happen to be the two tennis players who have shown themselves capable of beating and outplaying the great Djokovic.

For Zverev, 2021 has been his best season played so far. This has been a year of Olympic Gold, titles in both Turin and Cincinnati, and 31 of 35 matches won in a matter of just a few months.  

While Zverev remains under investigation by the ATP following allegations of domestic abuse levied against him by his ex-girlfriend, he seems to be living the ultimate dream on the court. 

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