The 57th Copa del Café WILL BE PLAYED in 2022 from 10 to 15 January, but due to Covid19 health restrictions will NOT BE AVAILABLE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. Night matches will be televised through the TD+ and TD Max (www.tdmax.com) platforms.

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Every player and his/her coach/parent must present a valid Covid-19 Antigen Test no more than 72 hours old, to play in the tournament (testing facility less than 2 miles from the Club).

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COPA DEL CAFE 2022

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Los octavos de final en ambas llaves resultaron en una programación más manejable con solamente 8 partidos de sencillos en cada llave.  En el lado varonil siguen 12 de 16 jugadores sembrados con solamente las siembras 5, 7, 15, y 16 eliminados. Los 5 y 7 fueron desplazados por Leo BORG de suecia y JC RODDICK de USA en la segunda vuelta y ambos jugadores traen al torneo un distinguido árbol genealógico tenístico. En tercera vuelta BORG domino a Juncheng SHANG (CHN) 6-2, 6-3 pero RODDICK tuvo más dificultad con Jackson ANTHROP de USA prevaleciendo por 3-6, 7-6, 7-5.

¿Tendremos una final de ensueño de BORG/RODDICK? Suave, suave dicen los sembrados 1 y 2 Dali BLANCH de USA y Natan RODRIGUEZ de Brasil. BLANCH continúa su búsqueda a la final (logrado por su hermano Ulises hace 4 años) y finalmente perdió un set contra Axel GARCIAN de francia por 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 pero sigue intimidante con sus golpes duros. Natan RODRIGUEZ doblegó a Jin GU de la china 6-2, 6-4, así manteniendo su posición en la segunda mitad de la llave. Otros talentosos jugadores también siguen disputando el camino a la final. Estos incluyen a BOSCARDIN (10) de brasil, KUZUHARA de USA, DE ALBA VALDES (4) de méxico, y SADAOUI (11) de francia.

La llave femenil continúa con su gran apertura en cuanto las siembras mayores siguen cayendo. La  no. 1 Julia GARCIA de méxico cayó ante Alexis BLOKHINA de USA 7-6, 6-2 así como la otra mexicana Alejandra CRUZ sembrada 5 ante Rebecca LYNN de USA (11) por marcador 7-5, 6-2. Solamente las siembras 8, 11, 15, y 16 permanecen en la llave lo que significa que un puesto en la final es posible para cualquiera de las jugadoras que quedan.

Las no sembradas Melisa ERCAN de turquía y Alexia HARMON de USA continúan ganando en la mitad de la llave. HARMON es una jugadora que llama la atención en cuanto sigue ganando con facilidad, habiendo despachado a la sembrada 6 VAN IMPE de bégica por 6-0, 6-1 en la segunda vuelta. Sofia ROJAS y Nevena CARTON, ambas de USA también han ganado con facilidad. Otra jugadora notable es la serbia Lola RADIVOJEVIC (15) quien eliminó a la dificil Tanisha KASYAP de la india en 3 sets. KASHYAP había derrotado a la no. 2 Tara MALIK de USA por 6-0, 6-4 en la segunda vuelta. Sí, esta llave se la lleva cualquiera de las jugadoras.
En semifinal varonil el sembrado 1 Shintaro MOCHIZUKI de Japón derrotó a Blu BAKER de Inglaterra en un reñido partido a 3 sets, con marcador 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. Esto fue la primera vez que MOCHIZUKI perdió un set durante el torneo. BAKER jugó con fortaleza y tuvo un buen torneo pero las tácticas del japonés de entrar a net y jugar todo terreno cansaron al británico sembrado 4.

En la otra semifinal varonil el jugador de gran saque y golpes duros Martin DAMM de USA, hijo de un jugador ATP checo del mismo nombre, despachó a Alex MARTINEZ de España, ganando por marcador 6-4, 6-4. MARTINEZ tiene familia en Costa Rica y era el favorito de los aficionados pero no pudo mantenerse ante la fuerza de DAMM aunque el español es 2 años mayor. En segunda vuelta DAMM desalojó al sembrado 2 MALAN de Sur Africa para tomar el lugar del último puesto en la llave y ahora se encuentra en la final con el japonés que ocupa el primer lugar de la llave.

Ambos jugadores nacieron en el 2003. El lector debe juzgar por sí mismo cuál de los 2 ha logrado mayor desempeño para llegar a esta final, y cuál debe ser el favorito. MOCHIZUKI es extremadamente agil, sube a net con frecuencia, tiene un gran tiro de smash y además una gran devolución de servicio. DAMM dispone de un muy fuerte saque y pega duro en sus golpes de gran precisión, así gastando a los competidores.

El camino a la final de MOCHIZUKI ha sido:             
vuelta                 jugador                 país                    ranking            siembra                  1                      CASSONE              USA                      248                    no                   2                      HECK                      USA                      202                    no                   3                      DALE                       USA                      147                    14                
QF                   PARK                       KOR                     126                    11                
SF                   BAKER                    GBR                        97                      4

DAMM ha llegado conquistando a:             
vuelta                 jugador                  país                  ranking            siembra                  1                      VINAS                     ARG                      531                  no                   2                      MALAN                    RSA                        87                    2                   3                      BERNARD              USA                      190                   no                
QF                   LEE                         USA                      124                   10                 
SF                   MARTINEZ              ESP                      215                   no 

En la semifinal femenil la no sembrada canadiense Melodie COLLARD continuó siendo la revelación del torneo, sobreviviendo y domando a la muy capaz jugadora sembrada 14 Charlotte OWENSBY de USA en un difícil encuentro a 3 sets, con marcador 6-1, 6-7, 7-5. Melodie ha deleitado a la afición con su estilo poco usual de todo terreno, incursionando a net con frecuencia, voleando, y defendiendo globos con su fuerte smash. Fue un partido emocionante hasta el final donde OWENSBY se defendió hasta el último 7-5.

El otro partido de semifinal de damas fue acreditado a la no sembrada Abigail FORBES de USA ranqueada 418 quien le ganó a su compañera de práctica Gabriella PRICE (USA), ranqueada 38 y sembrada 2. PRICE parece tener los golpes más clásicos y vistosos y voló durante el torneo sin perder un set hasta la SF. Sin embargo FORBES, una jugadora muy capaz quien jugará para la universidad UCLA en setiembre, quizás tenía una leve ventaja en mayor volumen de cuerpo y 2 años más de experiencia, nacida en 2001 vs 2003 para PRICE.

COLLARD juega todo terreno y es más atrevida en sus tácticas pero FORBES es jugadora fuerte y resistente que quizás podrá manejar mejor la presión del momento y defenderse. Ambas jugadoras no están sembradas y se ubican en los 400´s del ranking mundial ITF. (COLLARD = 441, FORBES = 418). Juzgue por sí mismo cuál de las 2 jugadoras ha tenido mayores logros para llegar a esta final, y cuál será la favorita.

El camino de COLLARD a la final ha sido:             
vuelta                 jugadora                país                 ranking            siembra                 
1                        NOEL                      USA                    15                      1                  
2                        PLAZAS                  COL                  264                    no                  
3                        KARNER                 AUT                  382                    no                 QF                     GARCIA GROSS    USA                  708                    no                 SF                      OWENSBY             USA                  150                    14

FORBES ha llegado por:             
vuelta                 jugadora                país                  ranking           siembra                   
1                        CHAVARRIA          CRC                   990                    no                 
2                        CCUNO                 PER                     99                      7                  
3                        INOUE                   USA                   140                    12                 QF                     DEFALCO              USA                   184                    10                SF                     PRICE                    USA                     38                      2 
La Llave de Calificación para la Copa del Café no. 55 comenzó sábado 12 de enero bajo un cielo celeste y un tiempo perfecto de tenis. En total, se disputaron 24 partidos, 16 varonil y 8 femenil.

En la llave varonil los resultados en general se ajustaron a lo anticipado en cuanto 14 de 16 sembrados progresaron a la segunda vuelta, con sorpresas sobre los sembrados 12 y 14 por Jameson CORSILLO (USA) y Francisco ARCE VIEYRA (MEX) respectivamente. La Llave femenil incluyó solamente 8 siembras y todas pasaron a la segunda vuelta por modalidad de Bye. Los 8 partidos jugados fueron disputados entre jugadoras sin ranking, principalmente jugadoras locales deseando entrar a la Llave Principal.

La acción tenística de mañana definirá los últimos puestos de las Llaves Principales, llegando así al límite de 64 jugadores. Partidos de las Llaves Principales comenzarán temprano el lunes 14 de enero.
La conferencia de prensa para la Copa no. 55 se llevó a cabo ayer martes 8 de enero 2019, revelando la lista de jugadores inscritos para la Copa 2019. Las siembras no. 1 son Shintaro MOCHIZUKI de japón (no. 82 mundial) y Alexandra NOEL de USA (ranqueada no. 15).

Ambas llaves indican un alto nivel de talento tenístico con 5 top 100 jugadores por el lado varonil de 5 diferentes países, y 19 top 200. La lista femenil incluye 7 top 100 de 5 países, y 21 jugadoras dentro de las primeras 200.

El corte varonil a la posición 46 ha sido 343, y del lado femenil 460, así reflejando un elenco fuerte de jugadores. De los primeros 46 jugadores en ambas Llaves Principales, 19 varones (41%) y 17 damas (37%) regresan de la Copa del Café 2018.

La lista varonil ahora incluye 111 nombres desde una inscripción total de 211, y del lado femenil actualmente se incluyen 82 jugadoras desde una inscripción total de 187 jugadoras que se disputan los 64 puestos de cada Llave Principal. Esto significa que el Qualy varonil probablemente incluirá un complemento completo de 32 jugadores, mientras que habrán varios “byes” en el Qualy femenil donde toda jugadora en la lista tendrá oportunidad de jugar por lo menos el Qualy.

La Copa no. 55 entonces dará comienzo oficial el sábado 12 de enero 2019 con las Llaves de Calificación, a ser completada el domingo para así definir los últimos 8 puestos de la Llave Principal que comienza temprano el lunes 14 de enero.  Los invitamos a unirse a la acción tenistica.
The 4 finals of the 57th Copa del Café were played on 15 January 2022. The winners are:

Boys Singles       Sebastian GORZNY [7] of USA who beat Cooper WILLIAMS [1] of USA                                by 6-3, 7-6(7)

Girls Singles       Sonya MACAVEI [8] of USA who beat Naomi XU of Canada by
                           7-5, 2-6, 6-0

Boys Doubles    Cooper WILLIAMS (USA) and Michael ZHENG (USA) [1] who beat                                    Nicholas GODSICK (USA) and Sebastian GORZNY (USA) [2] by
                          6-3, 6-1

Girls Doubles     Nikola DAUBNEROVA of Slovakia and Luca UDVARDY of Hungary [2]                             who beat Gabriella BROADFOOT of South Africa and Elisabeth JONES                               of USA by 2-6, 6-1, 11-9

We congratulate the winners and finalists on a great tournament and invite them to return in 2023, age permitting, for our 58th Copa del Café.

The Tournament Committee thanks all players, coaches, and parents who have come to our event and wish them well in their careers and travel. We also thank:
  • our sponsors without whose support the Copa del Café could not happen,
  • our tireless tennis staff who fill the many roles necessary behind the scenes,
  • the CRCC maintenance and administrative staff who provide logistics for the Copa,
  • the Club Board of Directors who provide strong backing for this national sports event
  • the Costa Rica Tennis Federation (FTC)
We also thank our readers and followers and invite you to visit with us again in January of 2023. See you then.
The Boys SF was played in the afternoon/evening round on Thursday. The outcome was: WILLIAMS vs. GORZNY in the final, number 1 against number 2, by the book.

Top seed Cooper WILLIAMS (USA) had an easier semifinal match than in the QF which went to 3 sets. In the SF WILLIAMS easily dominated his doubles partner 6-2, 6-1, which must have been a disappointment to ZHENG who had a good tournament, beating some top players. WILLIAMS is no. 1 seed for a reason, displaying top junior tennis with a terrific serve and strong laser-like groundstrokes. He won rounds 1 and 2 in straight sets over talented opponents, but had to dig deeper to push back a tough BASAVAREDDY in 3 QF sets. Cooper´s path to the final has been:
round        opponent                         country               seed/ranking           score    
1               Michael KRAJCI              Slovakia                 no / 165               6-2, 6-4    
2               Sean DARYABEIGI           USA                     no / 120               7-5, 7-6   
QF            Nishesh BASAVAREDDY USA                    WC / 657               3-6, 7-6, 6-2
SF            Michael ZHENG                USA                       5  / 75                 6-2, 6-1

Seventh seed Sebastian GORZNY of USA had a comfortable win against qualifier Learner TIEN in the SF. TIEN, who had surprised third seed Nick GODSICK in the QF was not as hot in the SF round. But TIEN had a strong tournament, as he started in the Qualy and will earn points for his performance at the Copa. GORZNY barely made it to the semis past Jonah BRASWELL of USA in the QF round in probably the best match of the tournament. In a marathon 4 hour battle in Stadium Court, GORZNY outlasted the highly talented BRASWELL, taking the first set tiebreak 14 – 12, and getting a favorable call to get to match point. But GORZNY did not luck into the SF; he earned it by playing strong tennis throughout the week. He will be a tough match for WILLIAMS in the final.  Sebastian´s road to Saturday has been:
round        opponent                         country                seed/ranking           score    
1               Paulo POCASANGRE     Costa Rica            WC /784                6-2, 6-2     
2               Paul BARBIER                 France                   no / 155                6-4, 6-4   
QF            Jonah BRASWELL           USA                       no / 112                6-7, 6-4, 7-6
SF             Learner TIEN                   USA                        Q / 166                6-1, 6-4

Which of these players will take the Boys Championship? We will find out Saturday.

The Girls SF was played Thursday  in the morning round. The outcome: MACAVEI vs. XU in the final.

Eighth seed Sonya MACAVEI (USA) outlasted seventh seed Sayoka ISHII of Japan in 3 sets 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 to claim her place in the Saturday matchup. Both players are solid and capable, yet Sonya outlasted Sayoka as the American was able to do with all of her opponents. Sonya´s lefty game is not flashy or overpowering, although she has a good forehand, but rather is consistent and wears down opponents. Sonya´s path to the final has been:
round         opponent                       country                  seed/ranking         score    
1                 Ellie DANIELS              Canada                    WC / 232            6-3, 6-1    
2                 Yujin KIM                      Korea                          Q / 475            7-5, 6-4
QF              Victoria OSUIGWE       USA                            Q / 470            6-0, 6-4
SF               Sayaka ISHII                Japan                         7  / 102            4-6, 6-4,6-1

Unseeded Naomi XU of Canada, listed 183 on the ITF ranking, pushed back sixth seed Luca UDVARDY of Hungary, also in 3 sets, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 to take the second spot in the final. UDVARDY had a good tournament, beating back good players and getting to the finals in doubles, but was outmaneuvered in the SF by a wily XU. Unlike her Japanese namesake, 15 year old Naomi, who is small of stature, does not overpower opponents but rather bewilders them with fine placement and seemingly returning every ball. Her weakness is a soft second serve but it has not stopped her yet. Naomi´s path to the final has been:
round         opponent                      country                   seed/ranking          score 
1                Elizabeth JONES          USA                           no /125               6-1, 6-2 
2                Ava KRUG                     USA                            5 / 89                 6-7, 6-3, 6-2  
QF             Mia SLAMA                    USA                           4 / 85                 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 
SF              Luca UDVARDY            Hungary                     6 / 91                 6-2, 4-6, 6-4

Which of these players will hoist the championship trophy? We will find out Saturday.
Singles quarterfinals have reduced both Boys and Girls draws to 4 players each as the draw becomes ever more defining. On the Boys it was an all USA cast and it looked like top seed Cooper WILLIAMS was in trouble, but he was able to push back an aggressive Nishesh BASAVAREDDY and take the match in 3 sets 3-6, 7-6, 6-2. Michael ZHENG seeded 5 had an easier time of it against Alexander RAZEGHI by a score of 6-2, 6-4. In the bottom half of the draw, qualifier Learner TIEN surprised no. 3 seed Nick GODSICK by the surprisingly easy 6-1,6-3 result. Seventh seed Sebastian GORZNY took the last semifinal berth from Jonah BRASWELL with a tough and exhausting match on Stadium Court by a score of 6-7, 6-4, 7-6. It was a tough loss for BRASWELL who lost the first set tiebreak at 14-12, and all onlookers were of the same opinion that neither player deserved to lose.  

In Girls quarterfinals seventh seed Sayaka ISHII of Japan played well and held back the tough Gabriella BROADFOOT of South Africa in 3 sets, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3. Eighth seed Sonya MACAVEI of USA dispatched Victoria OSUIGWE (USA) by 6-0, 6-4. MACAVEI in back to back matches dashed the hopes of strong qualifiers (Yujin KIM of Korea in the previous round). In the bottom half of the Girls draw, Luca UDVARDY of Hungary won a second consecutive 3 set match over a tough player, this time Mia SLAMA of USA seeded 4, by a score of 4-6, 6-2, 6-1. The last semifinal slot has gone to the surprising Naomi XU of Canada who bested Ahmani GUICHARD (USA) in straight sets 6-2,6-2. GUICHARD was a tough opponent who had beaten top players including no. 2 seed, so the final score was a bit surprising. Fifteen year old Naomi is a small player with little power but backs opponents into corners with superior placement and a strong court sense.

Doubles semifinals are now set with the top 2 seeds (all players from USA) in the Boys draw competing against talented and capable opponents from France, Great Britain, and Mexico. In Girls Doubles the team of Gabriella BROADFOOT (South Africa) and Elizabeth JONES (USA) toppled the top seeds BLANCH and KRUG by a score of 6-3, 7-6 to claim a semifinal slot. The remaining berths have been taken by teams seeded 2,3, and 4, representing Japan, Taiwan, USA, Slovakia, Hungary and USA.
The Boys and Girls singles Round of 16 have been completed, whittling down both draws to 8 players each. On the Boys side it is an all USA affair with seeds 1 (Cooper WILLIAMS), 2 (Yannick RAHMAN), 3 (Nick GODSICK), 5 (Michael ZHENG), 7 (Sebastian GORZNY), and Alexander RAZEGHI still in the draw. These are all ranked 52 to 112 so no match will be an easy one. The other 2 spots go to Learner TIEN who came into the MD  from the Qualy and Wild Card Nishesh BASAVAREDDY whose 657 ranking does not reflect his level of play. Nishesh had been sidelined for many months and is now back on the tournament courts and is every bit as strong as the other 7 players. There is no obvious favorite here and today´s quarterfinal action will clarify the picture by the end of the day.  

In the Girls draw, only seeds 4 (Mia SLAMA of USA), 6 (Luca UDVARDY of Hungary), 7 (Sayaka ISHII of Japan), and 8 (Sonya MACAVEI of USA) remain as the top seeds went out in First Round play. These are all accomplished players who could be playing tomorrow. Of the 4 remaining players, Gabriella BROADFOOT of South Africa has been impressive, knocking out the first seed, as has been Ahmani GUICHARD  of USA knocking out no. 2 seed at the opposite end of the draw. Naomi XU of Canada is still in the picture as well. Fifteen year old Naomi is small of stature but perhaps a giant killer, having dispatched hard hitting Ava KRUG of USA in the Second Round. The last of the hopeful 8 is Victoria OSUIGWE (USA), in from the Qualy and now going for her 6th win in the tournament. Victoria is a patient and poised player, playing well above her ranking (470).

In Doubles action, half of quarterfinal action has been played with the remaining matches to be played today. An exciting doubles match saw Paul BARBIER (FRA) and William JANSEN (GBR) eliminate Chilean Alejandro BANCALARI and Argentine Gianluca CITADINI in 3 sets 4-6, 6-0, 10-7, disappointing the Latin American player contingent. In Girls Doubles, the final match, between Sayaka ISHII of Japan and Madelaine JESSUP of Taiwan against local Nicole ALFARO and Canadian Sarah L´ALLIER, was televised to the delight of Costa Rican fans, but unfortunately for the locals, the Asian duo prevailed 7-5, 7-5.

Singles and Doubles play has been highly entertaining and it is a shame that due to stricter Covid protocols the public has not been able to witness the stellar junior tennis. Only other players, coaches, parents, and organization staff have been present to appreciate the fine play.
The first round officially ended with third seed Nick GODSICK of USA pushing back a talented Alejandro BANCALARI of Chile in the final Tuesday night match by a score of 6-3, 6-2. The Chilean started strong but was overpowered by world no. 67, cheered on by his mother Mary Joe Fernandez, former WTA great. The USA contingent is very strong this year as all remaining seeds (1,2,3,5,7) and 14 players in the Round of 16 are American. Luca LO NARDO from Costa Rica and Paul BARBIER of France round out Round 2. While there were many Americans in the MD, plenty of other countries were represented. During the first round of a 32 player draw, 2 players from Slovakia were eliminated, as well as 3 Colombians, 1 Argentine, 1 Paraguayan, 1 Englishman, 1 Chilean, 1 Mexican, 1 Salvadorean, 2 Costa Ricans, and 3 Americans.

As noted earlier, the Girls MD is wide open with the defeat of seeds 1,2, and 3 in the first round. Two players that have posted surprises are Victoria OSUIGWE (ranked 470) and Yujin KIM (ranked 475) who came in from the Qualy and have played much better than their ranking would imply. Players to watch: Gabriella BROADFOOT from South Africa who bested the top seed, and 5 players ranked between 85 and 103 (Mia SLAMA, Ava KRUG, and Sonya MACAVEI of USA, Luca UDVARDY of Hungary, and Sayaka ISHII of Japan. But there are several others who could figure in the mix as well, so that any one of these could hoist the championship trophy on Saturday.

The first round of Doubles commenced Tuesday afternoon. In the Boys Doubles, 3 of 4 seeded teams are into the second round. But it is difficult to handicap doubles where surprises are frequent, both in Boys and Girls doubles draws. In Girls Doubles all 4 seeded teams are in the QF but the other 4 teams look very capable as well. Time will tell.
In the Boys draw most seeded players have advanced to the second round. A notable exception has been Colombian no. 8 seed Enrique PEÑA ranked 92 who fell to WC Nishesh BASAVAREDDY of USA ranked 657, by a score of 6-4, 6-2. Nishesh had been sidelined and lost ranking points, but it appears that, like the Terminator, he is back. Another exception was Peter NAD of Slovakia, seeded 6 and ranked 86, losing to qualifier Meecah BIGUN of USA, ranked 192. But the thriller match of the Boys first round was Costa Rican WC Luca LO NARDO ranked 482 who bested qualifier John KIM of USA ranked 188, by a score of 7-5, 7-5 in the last match of Day 1. Luca was ecstatic in front of the local crowd. It was his night to remember.

The Girls draw was chaotic as seeds 1, 2, and 3 have been eliminated. Gabriella BROADFOOT of South Africa (ranked 228) outlasted the hard hitting no.1 Krystal BLANCH (ranked 65) by 6-4, 7-5 on Stadium Court, and Ahmani GUICHARD of USA (ranked 185) bested second seed Nina Vargova of Slovakia in 3 tough sets 6-3, 5-7, 6-3. Third seed Nikola DAUBNEROVA, also from Slovakia and ranked 75, fell to qualifier Victoria OSUIGWE of USA (ranked 470) by a score of 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. Another notable match was number 6 seed Luca UDVARDI of Hungary against 2020 finalist Alexia Harmon of USA. Surprisingly, Luca won rather easily by 6-1. 6-1. A quirky matchup occurred on court 2 as Canadian Orly OGILVY beat Isabella CHHIV for the second day in a row. The first match was the last round of the Qualy but Isabella got into the MD as a lucky loser, only to face the same opponent, with the same result, this time by 6-3. 6-3. Yes, the Girls draw is wide open, up for grabs.

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