Copa del Cafe
The "Copa del Café" (Coffee Bowl) is an ITF Grade 1 tennis tournament played every January in San José, Costa Rica. The tournament is part of a junior circuit backed by the International Tennis Federation and supported by the tennis federations of many countries.
The tournament was started in 1965 with a group of tennis players at the Costa Rica Country Club. They formed an Organizing Committee, staffed by volunteer club members. Over the years the tournament has become more prestigious and international. The tournament has received strong international support from top players and dedicated coaches, and this has contributed enormously to its success. It is the oldest junior ITF tournament in Latin America and every year the Coffee Bowl receives entries from more than 40 countries. The tournament has televised night play every day, and averages over 3,000 spectators each day.
Successful tournament players
Many past and present big name players have graced the courts of the Costa Rica Country Club. Here is a list of the Copa Del Cafe's more famous alumni over the past 46 years.