VERO BEACH, FL – We are excited to announce the participation of 23 exceptional players
who are set to compete in the US Open. These remarkable athletes have graced the Grand Harbor
courts while competing in your Vero Beach International Tennis Open (VBITO). Among this
distinguished group, we would like to call particular attention to Emma Navarro, who claimed
the Runner-Up title this year at your VBITO. Additionally, Peyton Stearns, who also competed in
the VBITO this year, is currently ranked 59 in the world and rising! These two outstanding
American Players’ achievements have propelled them into the ranks of the top 100 players in the
Women’s Tennis Association (WTA).
The Vero Beach International Tennis Open plays a pivotal role as a developmental stage series of
tournaments. This series provides a platform through which players can achieve rankings within
the top 100 or even the top 50 players on a global scale, often in a matter of mere months. The
outstanding achievements of players Emma Navarro and Peyton Stearns serve as examples of
this rapid and impactful progression.
Grand Harbor Golf & Beach Club is privileged to host the best of the best, and we invite you to
join us in celebrating them as they compete in the US Open.
In addition to the success of these players, Marco Osorio, Director of Sports at the Grand Harbor
Golf and Beach Club, will represent Vero Beach at this year’s U.S. Open as a guest speaker at its
conference hosted by the International Tennis Federation in New York.
With a career spanning over 20 years, Marco has a unique background as an ATP player, High
Performance Tennis Coach, Tournament Organizer, and in Club Management.
Marco first started his career as a professional tennis player, reaching a career high in the top 200
in both singles and doubles. As a Davis Cup player for Mexico, he logged victories over none
other than Roger Federer and the Bryan brothers.
Upon his retirement from the professional scene, he transitioned into the next stage of his career,
becoming one of the most successful High Performance Tennis Coaches in his home country of
Mexico. Having coached multiple National Champions in all age divisions, he was tapped as
Mexico’s Davis Cup Captain.
The rare talent of tournament organization comes easily to Marco. Rooted in his understanding
of the importance of these events for players’ development, he has 50 world class tournaments
under his belt and has been recognized on five different occasions by the International Tennis
Federation for the Best “Grade A” Tournament in the world. Grade A’s are the most important
tournaments in the world, with only 9 events worldwide, including the 4 Grand Slams!
Accomplished in club management as well, Marco was COO of the largest sports club
organization in Mexico.
In 2011, he undertook both new personal and professional challenges when he decided to move
to Vero Beach and bought the Vero Beach Tennis Club, successfully turning around its operation.
Since 2018, he has been working for Grand Harbor, first as its Head Tennis Professional, then as
Tennis Director. Since 2021, he has filled a dual role as its Sports Director, overseeing Grand
Harbor’s tennis and pickleball program, as well as Tournament Director for the Vero Beach
International Tennis Open.
Marco has a solid academic background, holding 3 Graduate Degrees, including an MBA,
Family Coaching and Development, and Performance and Innovation in Tennis. He is a frequent
guest speaker at Sports and Tennis Conferences worldwide.
SAVE THE DATE: The 2024 Vero Beach International Tennis Open will be hosted at Grand
Harbor Golf & Beach Club January 22-28, 2024.
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