The Valencian tennis player Pedro Martínez wanted to show on social networks his discomfort with the director of the ATP Challenger of Marbella, Ronnie Leitgeb, after he made the decision that the players pay for their own stay at the hotel while they compete in the tournament.
Through a letter, Martínez has also criticized the treatment he has received from Leitgeb, which he says that he even offered him money so that he would never play in any of his tournaments again, while defenestrating several participants from it.
Martínez began in this way his story published on his Instagram account. «Hi everyone. Those of you who know me know that I don’t like to use social networks a lot to attract attention and give my opinion publicly. I wanted to tell you that right now I am in Marbella ready to play tomorrow the first round of the Challenger that takes place here at the Puente Romano Club ».
The tennis player wanted to emphasize that, in this type of tournaments, the expenses of the room and breakfast in the hotel are borne by the organizers. “At Challenger tournaments, hospitality (hotel and breakfast expenses) is always at the tournament’s expense. We players must make the reservation two weeks in advance, although it is very difficult to know the arrival date, since it depends on the day you finish the previous week if you have a tournament ».
However, Martínez also pointed out that, on many occasions, this is a complicated task, given the busy calendar of the players. Munar and Taberner, who did not know their arrival day and made their reservation a little later. On the entire Challenger circuit, where more than 150 tournaments are played in more than 40 countries each year, it is the first tournament to adopt this position.
As a result of this fact, the Valencian tennis player charged hard against Ronnie Leitgeb, director of the ATP Challenger in Marbella. «The tournament director RONNIE LEITGEB was the person who made this decision, ignoring the players and making their corresponding rooms pay out of his own pocket. To me, personally, he has come to tell me that the person who is in charge of making hotel reservations for me is stupid and that he is willing to give me 1,000 euros out of his pocket so that I can go home, never go back to none of ITS tournaments and that Carballés, Munar and I (right now the 3 Spaniards in the tournament with the best ranking) are in the table, no one is going to come to see us. Never in my entire tennis career have I felt so despised by someone from the organization in any tournament and I doubt that there are many people who have had a similar experience on the circuit.
Martínez regretted that, because of Leitgeb’s attitude, the image of the Marbella tournament is stained. “I also want to say that it is a shame to keep this bad taste in my mouth, since it is a spectacular place to play tennis and I have also felt supported by all the rest of the tournament workers and ATP personnel even though they do not have the final decision. Hopefully this letter reaches the tournament sponsors, the public who will attend from Thursday and all those who follow the tournament from home so that they can see the problems that players sometimes suffer in tournaments. Thank you very much for wasting a bit of your time reading the letter. Signed: Pedro Martínez ».