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Fred Mannix with Pololine

"I won’t give up, I will continue to fight for my position in the Open"

December 12, 2017
December 12, 2017
The most notable development of the season - after La Dolfina’s fifth consecutive victory in Palermo - was the news that Alegria, one of the best teams of the Triple Crown, would be separating. Surprise, outrage, and expectation spread throughout the polo world, as everyone wonders what would happen to Fred Mannix’s team. 
 
The Canadian spoke with Pololine as he prepares to travel to the Dominican Republic to play the Polo Challenge for a second year. Mannix shares: "As far as what happened with Alegria, I really don’t have any comments other than it’s confirmed that the team has changed for 2018 and I’m disappointed that we couldn’t continue on. But this is what it is, so the truth is that we’ll have to do a new formation and I won’t give up, I’ve never given up and I will continue to fight for my position in the Open and with the ultimate goal of winning the Open."
 
He continues: "I’m disappointed that we didn’t do it but whatever, what’s done is’s done and we have to keep on moving forward; consistent pressure has always been a strategy that worked well for me and I will continue to use that strategy."
 
Beyond the team that he might play with (there is a rumor that the team name be shared), Fred Mannix knows that he has a big challenge come January: Polo Challenge in the Dominican Republic. "I know for sure it will be a great season, a lot of fun,” says Mannix. Victor Vargas and his organisation have truly built a world class facility there. I’m really looking forward to playing there. It’s been nothing but professional the organisation of the tournaments and the facilities, I can honestly say I’m really happy that I go."
 
On his team he states: "We’re going to be playing with Leo Matos, he has the Casa de Campo Polo Team there, and Tincho Merlos for the first tournament. The second and third tournaments, which are played at 22 goals, we are going to incorporate my brother into the team, which is fantastic. It’s always great to play with family and it’s going to be a great challenge for my brother."
 
How did your family enjoy the Dominican Republic last year?
"Honestly they enjoyed it so much. The place is incredible, they have a school on site where my young kids can start, then we move to lunch on the beach and afternoon playing outside. It’s really a magnificent sports facility. I’m so happy that my family enjoys it as much as I do."
 
This 2017 was an incredible year for Mannix in sporting terms, which saw him perform at his highest level yet. "I thought that this last year I did have my best year I’ve ever had. I was really proud of the way I personally played. I think I was the best mounted I’ve ever been and also mentally and physically I was in top shape. Everything seems to work; obviously, the team was spectacular, we had a chance, we could have won the Open, obviously we didn’t even make the final but the semifinal was extremely close. And I’m sure that if we played the final we would have had a competitive match with a chance to win."
 
It is highly likely that Fred Mannix will go up in handicap. Not only because of the achievements of his team, but because of his level of play. He was already rated at nine goals for a few seasons, and it is assumed that he will recover them. But the Canadian player is set to take it as it comes: "As far as the handicap concerns, I really hope I’m recognised for what I consider a high level of play but it’s not up to me and we’ll just have to see what the handicap committee decides."
 
Lastly, following the rumours that have surfaced about the possibility of joining La Irenita, Fred Mannix have announced on his social media that he will be joining La Irenita alongside Juan Gris Zavaleta, Corchito Zavaleta and Matías Mac Donough. is yet to be confirmed the name that the team will have.