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Mayol Brings Puerto Rican Flavor to Indian Wells

March 26, 2009 10:43 AM
Annie Mayol hitting a return.
Mayol enjoying some time off the courts other players.

By J. Fred Sidhu

INIDAN WELLS, Calif. – One thing is for certain at the 2008 USTA League presented by Chrysler 4.0 Senior National Championships, if you hear people speaking Spanish, they are most likely players representing the USTA Caribbean Section.

At this year’s championships, being contested Oct. 17-19 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, the Caribbean women’s team, which hails from San Juan, Puerto Rico, is led by team captain Annie Mayol, a real estate broker, who is playing in her fifth USTA Senior National Championship.

For Mayol, the opportunity to play at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden for the first time is something special because Charlie Pasarell, a native of Puerto Rico and former ATP player, is tournament chairman of the Indian Wells Tennis Tournament. Pasarell and his partners also privately funded the $77 million development.

Mayol said she knows Pasarell, who is her sister-in-laws first cousin. “I haven’t seen him in many years,” she said. She considers him to be the most successful Puerto Rican tennis player.

After her match on Friday afternoon, Mayol raved about the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. “It’s very nice. The courts are slow so you have time to hit the ball. The weather is beautiful. It’s like paradise,” she said.

It has been through her tennis experience that Mayol has become an unofficial ambassador of Puerto Rico. In her tennis travels she gives out her cards to players she meets.

According to Mayol, who operates a real estate and relocation service, she will get calls later on from players who are traveling to Puerto Rico and are looking for recommendations for restaurants, places to stay and things to do.

Following her trip to Indian Wells, Mayol will return to Puerto Rico where she will be busy planning her daughter’s wedding scheduled for December.

 

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