The "Copa del Café" is one of the best world junior tennis tournaments. The event is part of the Junior Circuit tournaments of the International Tennis Federation (ITF), but it has the atmosphere, and excitement of the "Grand Slam" tournaments. The "Cup" received many of the best youth tennis players of the world each year. It is one of the best Costa Rica attractions in every New Year beginning.
Since its first edition, the tournament has been organized by the Costa Rica Country Club. The "Copa del Café" attracts thousands of local and foreign visitors every year. Many of them take advantage of their travel vacations to get away to the Country Club to enjoy the games and the good environment of the event, especially at nights.
The tournament usually involves more than 40 countries; (47 in 2010). It was included in the official calendar of the ITF due to the quality and quantity of the players. Every day more than 3,000 spectators attend the event, which forms part of the top ten things to do in Costa Rica in January.
A long list of most famous players form part of the “Copa” history, which include well-known figures such as Bjorn Borg (Sweden), Roger Federer (Switzerland), Ivan Lendl (Czechoslovakia), Nicolas Massu (Chile), Jana Novotna (Czechoslovakia), and Brian Gottfried (USA), among many others.
The 48th edition of the tournament began on last December 31 with the first qualification rounds. It will end on the next January 7, the day of the final games. The Quality, in Santa Ana, one of the most comfortable hotels in San José is the official place to provide accommodations to the players and their trainers.
For people who come to the country to enjoy the “Copa” and to stay some days here, Costa Rica offers one of the best tourist destinations. A lot of beautiful and interesting places wait for to share its wonders with all nature and adventure lovers. Besides, travel agencies offer a lot of favorable package trips to Costa Rica in this season.
In addition to the great tennis tournament, visitors can enjoy the best adventure tours, or the most fascinating eco tours, just one or two hours from San José. Out of the Capital City, travelers can find many options to stay from rainforest hotels to luxury beach resorts to enjoy Costa Rica.