The Ecuador Open Quito is the first clay-court tournament of the ATP World Tour season and kicks off the 'Golden Swing' - the run of spring clay-court tournaments through South America which features clay-court lovers and stars of men's tennis such as Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Tommy Robredo, Nicolas Almagro and Fabio Fognini.
ATP Quito is played at the Jacaranda Club and features a 28-player singles draw as well as a 16-team doubles draw, offering 250 ranking points as well as prize money to the winner.
Operated by IMLA de Colombia, which also runs the Claro Open event in Bogota, the Ecuador Open Quito exemplifies the ATP World Tour’s expanded commitment to tennis in South America as the Golden Swing begins in Ecuador before moving on to tournament stops in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro – home of the 2016 Olympics – and Buenos Aires.
Replacing the Chile Open, played in Santiago and Vina del Mar between 1993 and 2014, the Ecuador Open Quito builds upon the tennis heritage of Ecuador, a nation which has produced some well-known players including Pancho Segura – who won the US Pro three times in the 1950s – French Open champion Andres Gomez and the brothers Nicolas and Giovanni Lapentti, best known for their Davis Cup heroics.
Ecuador's only ATP World Tour event, the Ecuador Open Quito was first played in 2015. Held, like ATP Bogota, in altitude conditions – the Ecuadorian capital is 9,350 feet above sea level, the highest official capital in the world - ATP Quito welcomes a top-quality field as players turn their attention from the hard courts of Australia to the clay courts of South America.