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Casa de Campo will host its 39th International Tennis Tournament this September and we are excited to learn that it will be dedicated to Emilio Vásquez, the tennis legend who served as the Director of Tennis for over 35 years, holding a special place in the heart of our community.
Throughout his career at the La Terrazza Tennis Center, he has given tennis lessons to many prominent visitors, including Robert Redford, Bill Gates, the Bush family, Michael Douglas and more, and developed close relationships with many renowned personalities such as the late Oscar de la Renta who was an avid tennis player, and designer of Emilio Vasquez’ wife’s wedding dress when they married.
He fell in love with the sport during his youth where he started as a bolero (ball boy) at the Santo Domingo Tennis Club in 1969. At age 17, he was the 2nd best player in the Dominican Republic and began representing the country in the Central American Games and Pan-American Games. In 1978, Vásquez earned his first medal in tennis representing the Dominican Republic at the Central American Games in Medellin, Colombia. Over the years, he has been inducted into the La Vega Sports Hall of Fame, La Romana Sports Hall of Fame, and most notably in the Dominican Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.
Last year, the tournament was in memory of the late Enzo Mastrolilli, founder of the Casa de Campo Tennis Cup. The category B tennis trophy is now known as the Vincenzo Mastrolilli Trophy. Mastrolilli worked hand in hand with Vásquez to run the renowned tournament for many years. Local and foreign players 21 years of age and older may play in the tournament which is now open for registration through August 31st. Typically around 200-250 players from approximately 10 different countries come together to compete in the singles and doubles categories, which begin on Thursday September 1st at 9 am and play through Sunday, September 4th with a closing ceremony at 2pm. There will also be a dinner gala on Saturday evening.
Daniel Hernández, General Manager of Casa de Campo Resort & Villas acknowledged the main sponsors of this tournament, the Central Romana Corporation and the Casa de Campo Hotel in a press conference and noted his excitement for the upcoming matches, “It’s really a special experience to see how families from around the world gather to share their love of tennis.”
We look forward to the 39th Casa de Campo International Tournament and encourage you to sign up!
39th annual Casa de Campo Tennis Cup
When: 1st – 4th of September
Where: La Terraza Tennis Center, Casa de Campo
Register: To register or to learn more about the 39th Casa de Campo International Tennis Tournament, please call 809-523-8698; toll-free 1-888-212-5073; or email [email protected]. Registration closes on August 31st at 10 am.
Pedro Nolasco and Idarmis Cucurullo from the Dominican Republic were the champions of the singles categories of the 38th International Casa de Campo Tennis Tournament “Copa BDI”, an event which concluded yesterday, Sunday, September 7th and took place at the La Terraza Tennis Center in Casa de Campo. Read more here!
Emilio Vásquez, Casa de Campo Director of tennis at the La Terraza Tennis Center is also an outstanding sportsman, who was recently honored by the Dominican Olympic Committee. Emilio was recognized for his outstanding participation in the XVII Central American and Caribbean Games celebrated in Santo Domingo from February 27th to March 13th 1974. Read more here!