The Challenger of Buenos Aires, competition of the second category of professional tennis, will begin to live sixth edition this Monday when the curtain rises at the Racket Club, in Palermo. The tournament will have a strong presence of local rackets: of the 32 players who entered the singles main draw directly, 20 are Argentines (There are chances that this number will expand because four other places remain to be defined from the classification).
The seed number 1 will be the Brazilian Thiago Monteiro, 92 of the world ranking and trained by Argentine Pablo Fuente. The Fortaleza-born southpaw will debut in the first round against local Hernán Casanova (340 °). The second favorite will be the porteño Juan Manuel Cerúndolo, 103rd and champion this season at the ATP 250 in Córdoba: his debut will be against his compatriot Guido Andreozzi (264 °). The youngest of the Cerúndolo, having a great season, will try to get the necessary points to enter the Top 100 for the first time.
Another challenge of the first round will be to Francisco Cerúndolo (third seed and 110th in the ranking) before Camilo Ugo Carabelli (220 °). From the same generation (Cerúndolo, 23; Camilo, 23), last September they were the sparring partners of the Argentine Davis Cup team that defeated Belarus 4-1 at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club.
Sebastian Baez, 20-year-old and one of the most prominent of the new generation of Argentine players (in fact, this Sunday, in Santiago de Chile, he will play his seventh final of the season), he will be the seventh seed in Buenos Aires and his rival will be the cordovan Pedro Cachín (274 °). The people of La Plata will also act Thomas Etcheverry (144 °) and Thiago Tirante (206 °, and Juan Pablo Ficovich (259 °), the player who this year managed to overcome a myocarditis as a sequel to Covid-19.
Román Burruchaga (571 °; 19 years old), Mariano Navone (587 °; 20) and Juan Bautista Torres (577 °; 19) received the invitations from the tournament director, Mariano Ink, to compete in the individual main draw.
The Buenos Aires Challenger will have the public presence, although with a limited capacity of 70 percent (Some 400 tickets will be sold per day, through Ticketek. From the start it will be broadcast by the TyC Sports Play platform and, from the final instances, by TyC Sports.
During the week, there will also be a tribute to Leonardo Mayer from Corrientes, 21 of the ranking in 2015 and one of the protagonists of the 2016 Davis Cup champion team, which a handful of days ago made his professional retirement official.
This year, likewise, the organization of the event is in charge of the company Torneos, the tour “Dove Men + Care Legión Sudamericana” and the Argentine Tennis Association.
Central court, from 13
Santiago Fabian Rodríguez Taverna (Argentina) vs. Román Andrés Burruchaga (Argentina)
Hugo Dellien (Bolivia) vs. Facundo Díaz Acosta (Argentina)
Not before 18:
Nicolás Kicker (Argentina) vs. Nicolás Álvarez (Peru)
Thiago Agustín Tirante (Argentina) vs. Renzo Olivo (Argentina)
Court 3, from 12
Classification: Mariano Kestelboim (Argentina) vs. Ignacio Monzón (Argentina)
Classification: Lautaro Midón (Argentina) vs. Carlos Gómez Herrera (Spain)
Genaro Alberto Olivieri (Argentina) vs. Andrea Collarini
Court 8, from 12
Classification: Francisco Comesaña (Argentina) vs. Rafael Matos (Brazil)
Classification: Martín Cuevas (Uruguay) vs. Guido Iván Justo (Argentina)
Mariano Navone (Argentina) vs. Thiago Seyboth Wild (Brazil)
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The Challenger of Buenos Aires, the tournament to observe the new Argentine generation