ARGENTINA OPEN: THE FOUR CONFIRMED AND THE OTHER ALTERNATIVES

EL ARGENTINA OPEN, corresponding to the traditional South American tour of ATP tournaments in brick dust, already has four confirmed caliber players for next year’s edition, which will take place from February 5 to 13 at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club.

As highlighted this Monday, Diego Schwartzman confirmed, the defending champion, the perfect assist man since 2011 who also The Córdoba Open will play the week before.

The number one in Argentina and current 13th in the world comes to round off a great season: recorded 38 wins and 23 losses, maintained his top 15 status (finished 13th) and He pulled out a thorn that hurt him: winning in his country.

Another of the confirmed important players is el francés Benoit Pair, which will also play the Córdoba Open the week before. This year the flamboyant European player reached the quarterfinals at Polo Deportivo Mario Alberto Kempes, with a good image, although later at the Argentina Open he left much to be desired: he showed unsportsmanlike behavior in the first round against Francisco Cerúndolo and was marginalized, by case, of the Tokyo Olympics for a harsh sanction by the French Tennis Federation (FFT).

Today Paire is number 46 in the world, although it reached the 18th position in January 2016. This season ended with a record of 13 wins and 30 falls in ATP top draw matches.

The organization also confirmed Dominic Thiem, the former world No. 3, to be a two-time champion in the brick dust of Buenos Aires and that, like the other two mentioned, could also be in Córdoba. The Austrian, who traverses the last stage of recovery from a wrist injury, points to a big comeback in 2022 and Buenos Aires is one of the key stops for your return.

In the Buenos Aires tournament Thiem, current 15th in the world and champion of the US Open in 2020, has a record of 11 wins and just one loss, with two titles harvested in three participations. He was champion in 2016, after saving match point in an anthological semifinal against Rafael Nadal and to overcome in the final to Nicolás Almagro, and in 2018, an edition in which he swept without losing sets.

The only fall that he registered was in his last participation, in 2019: he fell in a film semifinal against Schwartzman himself, who would win in the tie break of the third set and then he would lose the definition against the Italian Marco Cecchinato.

The fourth player confirmed at the moment is the Italian Lorenzo Sonego, current 27th in the world, who will play twice in Buenos Aires: in 2019 he passed qualifying and got into the round of 16, while in 2020 he was fired in the first round.

The 26-year-old Italian, former 21st of the ATP ranking, this season recorded a record of 30 wins and 24 losses, with the consecration in the Cagliari tournament, on brick dust. He also lost the Eastbourne final, on the turf tour prior to Wimbledon.

Then there are four major players confirmed for the ATP 500 from Rio de Janeiro, which will be the following week, and for which the Argentina Open could negotiate: the Italian Matteo Berrettini (7th), the Norwegian Casper Ruud (8th), the Spanish Pablo Carreño Busta (20th) and Carlos Alcaraz (32th).

Director Jaite admitted that there are negotiations with Alcaraz, the 18-year-old Spanish wonder, coached by a former tournament champion, Juan Carlos Ferrero: HWe have approached parts with Alcaraz because he comes to Rio, but he maintained that he has a very tight post-Rio calendar, and in principle his idea is to start the tour there. You never know. We are in talks with him and with other players. “

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ARGENTINA OPEN: THE FOUR CONFIRMED AND THE OTHER ALTERNATIVES

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