Agritelley, Vazquez, Mackie, and Benjumeda Dominate Atlanta RedPADEL Circuit

June 14, 2024

The second RedPADEL Circuit of the year in Atlanta delivered on its promise of thrilling matches and high energy. With soaring temperatures and high humidity, endurance was key as players battled it out at the pATL courts and the picturesque Millsap Padel Court, a private residence.

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In the D1 Men’s category, Nico Agritelley (RPR 18.15) and Juan Vazquez (RPR 18.19) secured a decisive 6-3, 6-3 victory over Maximiliano Rozas (RPR 17.37) and Guillermo Cagigas (RPR 15.6) in the final. Agritelley shared their strategy post-match: “We knew we were going to have to work the low, with a good opportunity to play the lob. We didn’t execute it perfectly but we made some small adjustments and it ended up working out in the end. That was our strategy. They kind of caught on a little bit. We were just trying to keep them on their toes, to stay one step ahead of them.”

Agritelley and Vazquez dominated the tournament, winning all five matches from the group stage to the final without dropping a set, achieving a flawless 10-0 record in sets won-lost. This victory marks Agritelley’s fifth RedPADEL tournament win, extending his current winning streak to nine matches (24-4 overall). For Vazquez, this is his second RedPADEL circuit win of the year, following his success in Miami with Pete Alonso. Vazquez now leads the leaderboard for the $40,000 Year End Master’s Series Countdown.

Former world No.1 doubles tennis champion Jared Palmer and his partner Nalle Grinda, co-founder of Padel X, claimed third place. They defeated Geronimo Barrios Silva and Simon Castello 7-5, 7-6. Palmer, a celebrated tennis player with 28 professional doubles titles, including the Australian Open and Wimbledon, showcased his padel prowess in Atlanta.

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In the D1 Women’s category, Riva Mackie (RPR 11.6) and Bego Benjumeda (RPR 11.7) overcame a tough challenge from Andrea Samson (RPR 10.3) and Astrid Gehre (RPR 10.4). Mackie and Benjumeda saved three match points to secure a hard-fought victory, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5. Their earlier encounter in the group stage was another epic battle, with Mackie and Benjumeda prevailing 7-5, 7-6 in a match that spanned 25 games.

This victory is Mackie’s second RedPADEL circuit win of the year, having previously won in Miami with Annica Cooper. Mackie and Benjumeda demonstrated strong and consistent play throughout the tournament, winning four matches and posting an 8-1 record in sets won and lost.

In the D2 Men’s category, the Argentinian duo of Agustin Sanchez (RPR 14.1) and Ernes Fornasari (RPR 14.1) emerged victorious against Carlos Benito (15.4) and Casey Klay (11.5) in a thrilling three-set match, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. Interestingly, Benito and Klay had won their earlier group stage meeting 6-3, 1-6, 7-6, making the final showdown even more compelling. Sanchez and Fornasari continue their tour across the USA, competing in padel events nationwide.

For the complete results and more information, please head to the RedPADEL website.

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