The return to the tennis courts of Raemon Sluiter is the main attraction at the 10,000 dollar ATP-sanctioned Albufeira Future this week.
The 30-year-old Dutch former world No46 chose the Montechoro Sports & Leisure Club to take up the game he left at his hometown Rotterdam event in February 2008 and showed more than a glimpse of his old class in breezing past all four of his qualifying opponents.
Only one of 24 Portuguese entries, Pedro Sousa reached the main draw to join a further four wild card players invited from this country. The tournament, covered by a Dutch TV crew, will reach its climax on Sunday.
At the same time news broke that another past great, Stefan Edberg, will be gracing the Vale de Lobo courts during August’s ATP Grand Champions tournament. The Swede, once the best player in the world with Wimbledon, US and Australian Grand Slam titles to his name, made a winning debut on the Senior Tour in Paris last September.
Meanwhile, last year’s multiple Algarve circuit winner Rui Machado is in action at the 106,500 euro Marrakesh Challenger. The unseeded Algarvean defeated world No113 and seventh seed Jiri Vanek in the first round to progress while Davis Cup team mate Frederico Gil is the second highest ranked player in a similar class tournament in Bogota, Colombia.