The Tournament

The Mallorca Seniors Open is in its 23rd year and I would like to take this opportunity to talk a little about how it developed into what it is now:

In 1995 I organised the team world championships on behalf of the German Tennis Federation. We hosted the Fred Perry Cup, a tournament for men age category 50 and with participants from 23 different nations, in my hometown in Lüchow (Lower Saxony). The event was such a great success that many participants asked me to also host an ITF Seniors tournament. That was the beginning of the Mallorca Seniors Open in the autumn 1995. We had 75 players back then. The tournament kept developing and within only six years the ITF upgraded it from Grade 5 to Grade 1. In 2018 the ITF Seniors Committee upgraded the tournament to the highest grade namely Grade A. In 2000 we already had 400 players from 20 different nations.Turnier

In 2003 I organised the ITF world championships for young seniors (35–50) in Hanover. Again this event was a big success, so much so that the then ITF president Francesco Ricci Bitti declared it as one of the best organised ITF Seniors championships he has ever been to. New tennis friendships were formed during this tournament and as a result we welcomed 550 participants from 30 nations at the Mallorca Seniors in 2003.

The participant numbers kept rising since we, supported by the tournament hotel and my friend Dino Serra, offered a prize money of €15,000 from 2004 onwards. In the last five years we had between 650 and 750 players from 40 different countries at every event. And it was not a matter of quantity over quality. The best senior players in the world were competing. Looking at all age categories from the last two years alone we had nine current world champions and ten times the number one of the ITF rankings taking part. The happiness of all competitors is a result of the excellent work and exemplary organisation of the 36 people that make up our event team. On top of that we are kindly supported by the Federacion de Tenis Balear and the tournament hotel Beach Club Font de Sa Cala. My team and I hope to host many more tournaments in Font de Sa Cala.