August 1, 2016 8:43 pm

Bisbee LOW The ATP Mexico Tennis Open, August 8-14 On November 18, 2015, the Association of Tennis Professionals announced that Bogota, Colombia’s ATP World Tour 250 tournament would be transferred to Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico, following acquisition of the event by Grupo Pegaso. The ATP Board of Directors at its meetings in London approved the tournament transfer. Executives of Grupo Pegaso and Imla de Colombia signed the agreement, which delivers a second ATP World Tour tournament to Mexico. With this partnership, Grupo Pegaso reaffirms its commitment to Mexico’s development in the sport industry by delivering and organizing high quality events, and further consolidation of men’s professional tennis in México. The Mexico Open 250 Los Cabos, will have a total financial commitment of nearly US$800,000, ranking as the highest in its category in the Americas Region. The new hard court tournament will become part of the North American Summer Tour. Solaz Los Cabos developed by Sordo Madaleno Architects, will host this magnificent tournament. ”The Los Cabos Tourism Board is delighted to have the opportunity to host the ATP World Tour 250, and we are proud of the trust the ATP has given us. Bringing the tournament to Los Cabos will reinforce Los Cabos’ reputation as a world-class venue for professional sporting events, as well as an extraordinary destination for luxurious leisure pursuits, for which we are already renowned. We’re grateful to the Secretariat of Tourism and the Baja California Sur state government for their part in bringing this sponsorship to fruition; as well as to the Los Cabos Hotel Association, and Time-share Developers Association for their additional support”, said Patricio Burillo, Chairman of the Board of Grupo Pegaso. Chris Kermode, ATP Executive Chairman & President, said: ”The ATP World Tour features 62 tournaments in 31 countries, showcasing the world’s best athletes competing in many of the world’s greatest destinations. We’re delighted to welcome Los Cabos to the ATP World Tour. We look forward to the inaugural tournament in 2016, and many successful years ahead.” Los Cabos Tournament director Jose Antonio Fernandez, added, “The prize money, $780,000, will be the fifth-highest among the 39 ATP 250 tournaments.” Tennis Saturday, August 15, Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary In Catholic-dominant Mexico, the Feast of the Assumption of Mary is a celebration where flowers are seen in every church and where places like Los Cabos hold processions dedicated to Mary, the virgin mother of Christ Jesus. It is also in Mexico, where Mary is known as Our Lady of Guadalupe and is revered throughout the nation. In  Mexico City’s Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary which is one of the oldest Roman Catholic cathedrals in the Americas, is dedicated to Mary. Statues and artwork depicting Mary’s assumption are also found in a number of Mexican churches. In Los Cabos, processions and celebrations will take place at the Catholic Church on Cabo San Lucas Boulevard across the street from Amelia Wilkes Plaza. In San Jose del Cabo, the historic Catholic Mission Church in the central plaza will present a fabulous colorful celebration of flowers, music, dancing, and food vendors. One of the largest Assumption Day celebrations is in Cleveland, Ohio, where there is a four-day festival that starts on August 12. The festival celebrates the Feast of Assumption in the city’s Little Italy neighborhood.   Monday, August 15 – Tuesday, August, 30, Los Cabos Summer Dive Fiesta The growing popularity of the Summer Dive Fiesta in Los Cabos, is due to the fact that it has been held since its inaugural year in one of the most unique and beautiful natural diving wonders of the world; Baja California’s Cabo Pulmo National Park. During the Dive Fiesta, various diving activities will take place along and around the spectacular coastline that is a protected Mexican Federal Reserve, and appeals to divers of varying abilities. While the beach parties and social gatherings will continue on the pristine sands of Cabo Pulmo, the true beauty and wonder of the Dive Fiesta, is under the Sea of Cortez  where the great visibility and friendly water temperatures  have turned the annual summer event into the can’t miss festival of the month for passionate divers from the USA, Canada and Mexico. Some of the more glamorous events of the Dive Fiesta include the sunset “get acquainted” cruise, an exciting underwater treasure hunt, a photo contest, pool parties, raffles and prizes. The week-long proceedings include unparalleled dives at different famous sites that include the Point, where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean. Other points of diving interest are rock formations known as Blowhole, Pinnacle and Rockery, Gordo Banks, Santa Maria Cove, that feature schools of sailfish, marlin, tuna, wahoo, hammerheads and bizarre species of black corral that radiates a glowing yellow hue. The event organizers from Mexico City, released the renewal of this grandiose diving extravaganza on April 21, 2016. For a detailed, day-to-day itinerary please call (800)745-2226  or  (877) 479-3483.   Saturday-Sunday, August 20-21, La Paz ProBaja Night Track Race The ProBaja short course track outside of La Paz by San Pedro is the center stage for a weekend of night time racing under the lights. While the committee promoters , associations and clubs who head the organization, Off Road Baja Sur 2016 Championships, identified some issues that are of utmost importance to both drivers and spectators in early April. In an effort to professionalize the sport, and thus make it safer , the committee stressed new guidelines pertaining to helmet safety, and making double buckle seat belts mandatory. For the evening track race in La Paz, no 8-cylinder vehicles are allowed to participate. “When I purchased my vacation home in La Paz in 2006, I had no idea there was a night time track race every August, and was mystified when I could hear the loud hum of cars and trucks. I could see the lights on at night not far from my home, and I drove there to investigate and to my surprise; I started looking forward to this unique race every year thereafter,” said Albert Nino of San Jose, CA. For anyone willing to take the two hour drive from Los Cabos to La Paz for this off-road racing event, can be assured of finding the well-lit, noisy compound, as any and every local there will also point and guide them in the right direction to locate the evening glow in the dusty terrain of the competition.    ]]>