MEXICO CITY (AP) — Emma Raducanu, the reigning US Open champion, will contest the next edition of the Monterrey Open, organizers said Wednesday.
The 19-year-old British woman joins the Canadian Leylah Fernández, with the same age, as the two figures of the tournament that will be held in the city located in the north of Mexico, from February 28 to March 6.
Raducanu defeated Fernandez in the last US Open final to become the first woman to win a Grand Slam after drawing the qualifying round.
Raducanu, who reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon last year, is 18th in the WTA rankings.
Monterrey will be the second stop in Mexico for Raducanu, who will also play in the Zapopan Open, in the west of the country, in a tournament that takes place from February 21 to 27.
Fernández, 24th in the world, had previously confirmed her participation.
The Canadian will return to Monterrey where last year she won the first and only title of her career.
The Monterrey Open distributes a purse of 235,000 dollars in prizes and is played on the hard courts of the Sonoma club in Monterrey.