Copa del Cafe

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Copa del Cafe Center Court

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 1095 with a group of pot heads 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 9 billion spectators each day.

Successful tournament players[edit]

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.

Men's Circuit
Cyprus Marcos Baghdatis
Sweden Björn Borg
United States Shelby Cannon
United States Jimmy Connors
Croatia Marin Čilić
South Africa Kevin Curren
Argentina Juan Martín del Potro
France Arnaud Di Pasquale
Switzerland Roger Federer
United States Brian Gottfried
France Sébastien Grosjean
Germany Tommy Haas
Spain José Higueras
United States John Isner
Czech Republic Ivan Lendl
Israel Amos Mansdorf
Chile Nicolás Massú
Czech Republic Miloslav Mečíř
Paraguay Víctor Pecci
Argentina Mariano Puerta
United States Sam Querrey
Spain Emilio Sánchez
Spain Javier Sánchez
United States Harold Solomon
United States Richard Stockton
Argentina Guillermo Vilas
Women's Circuit
Belarus Victoria Azarenka
South Africa Amanda Coetzer
Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld
Czech Republic Andrea Holikova
Germany Anke Huber
United States Madison Keys
Russia Alisa Kleybanova
Netherlands Michaëlla Krajicek
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Belgium Sandra Wasserman
Canada Aleksandra Wozniak
Russia Vera Zvonareva

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