JUAREZ, Mexico -- The Inaugural Pepe Medina Memorial Tournament was held this past weekend at the San Angel Athletic Club. A total of 60 players along with fans and families attended the event. Masks were required while not playing, and spectators were asked to practice social distancing.
Luis Cordova defeated his brother Daniel Cordova in the final, 15-9, 15-11, in a stacked open bracket that also included Sean Lenning, Shorty Ruiz and Leo Canales Jr. Luis and Daniel were the top two seeds, and they looked to defend their home courts in Juarez. They did just that. On the top side of the bracket, Luis took out Leo in the semifinals in two hard-fought games. On the bottom side, Daniel faced Sean Lenning. Sean gave Daniel all he could handle to start the match, taking the first game, however, Daniel took the second game to force a tiebreaker. Sean had all the momentum holding an early tiebreaker lead, but in the end, Daniel’s fitness ultimately made the difference as he outlasted his opponent to advance to the final where his older brother was waiting.
The Cordova’s are very familiar with each other’s game, and that lead to plenty of long rallies but the difference was Luis’s ability to put the ball away to finish the rallies. Luis got off to hot starts in both games and never looked back to become the first ever Pepe Medina Memorial tournament champion.
Luis wasn’t done with the titles there, he then teamed up with Marcos Renteria to win the Open Doubles title over his brother Daniel and Victor Gonzales. Right after that, he was back on the court for the Big Ball Open Doubles title where he and Daniel beat Jonathan Chavez and Noe Arenas to complete the sweep for all 3 titles.
Congrats to the Cordova brothers for another exciting final, and thank you to the tournament directors and organizers for hosting a great event!