Argentina Open: the ATP 250 in Buenos Aires starts, with the return of Del Potro

The Argentina Open, which in this edition will feature the outstanding presence of Juan Martín Del Potro, will start this Monday at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis. In addition to the man from Tandil, who will debut at the ATP 250 in Buenos Aires this Tuesday against his compatriot Federico Delbonis, the Norwegian top ten Casper Ruud, brand new number 8 in the world and champion in the 2020 edition, and the man from Buenos Aires stand out in the main four Diego Schwartzman, number 14 in the ranking and last champion of the contest in 2021.

Del Potro’s return to the ATP in Buenos Aires will take place 16 years after his only participation in 2006. His presence in the event has more to do with his farewell tennis tour, which also includes his participation in the ATP 500 in Rio de Janeiro. In his best moments on the circuit, in which he became number three in the world, Del Potro did not prioritize the ATP in Buenos Aires on his agenda, since his choice turned to tournaments on the cement tour of the United States. But now, with the need to say goodbye playing in front of the Argentine public, Guillermo Vilas of the BALTC will once again step on the central court as a player. “This will be more of a farewell than a return. I have to play with a friend. I couldn’t ask for a better rival,” Del Potro slipped at the presentation press conference. His friend Delbonis returned kindnesses this Sunday: “I don’t wish what Del Potro is experiencing even on my worst enemy. I don’t want it to be his last game, I would like Juan Martín to be there for a while.”

Beyond what happens with Del Potro, all eyes will be on Schwartzman, who has just lost the semifinals of the Córdoba Open against the Chilean Alejandro Tabilo (144). It is that Peque, in addition to being the highest ranked tennis player in Argentina, is the last champion of the Argentina Open and is also the one who managed to put an end to the dominance of foreign tennis players that included none other than Rafael Nadal in 2015; Austrian Dominic Thiem in 2016 and 2018, Ruud in 2020, Spaniard David Ferrer in 2012, 2013 and 2014; among others. The last Argentine to consecrate himself in Buenos Aires before Peque had been David Nalbandian from Cordoba in 2008.

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The first day of the Argentina Open, which has raised its prizes to 602,250 dollars and will have full attendance at Lawn Tennis, will start this Monday with the crosses between the French Benoit Paire (54) and the Serbian Dusa Lajovic (38), to 1:30 p.m.; next will play the Spanish Fernando Verdasco (200) and the Bolivian Hugo Dellien (109); at the same time but on court 2 the Serbs Laslo Djere (49) and Miomir Kecmanovic (63) will face each other. While, in the first shift of the night shift, the Argentines Facundo Bagnis (74) and Francisco Cerúndolo (111) will face each other, and the Rosario Federico Coria (64) will close it, who will seek his passage to the round of 16 against the Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas ( 90).

Tuesday’s day will have as its main course the fratricidal duel between the Davis Cup champions in Zagrev 2016: Del Potro and Federico Delbonis from Azul. The man from Tandil, currently ranked 757th in the ranking, will return to play for points after almost three years of absence due to his recurrent operations on his right knee. Delbonis (41), who is going through a good moment, has a negative record against the tandilese, who beat him 7-6 (5) and 6-3 the only time they met in Indian Wells 2017.

The winner of the Davis Cup champions will meet in the round of 16 against the winner of the duel between Cordoba’s Juan Ignacio Lóndero (139) and Spain’s Pablo Andújar (73). The other Argentines who will play on Tuesday are Sebastián Báez from Buenos Aires (77) against Danish Holger Rune (97) and Tomás Etcheverry (128) against Spanish Jaume Munar (88); the winner of this match will be the rival in the second round of Peque Schwartzman, who will only make his debut in the round of 16, as well as the Norwegian Ruud, who will face the winner between the Spanish Roberto Carballes Baena (76) and the Chilean Nicolás Jarry (149); The Italians Lorenzo Sonego (23) will also start in the second round, he will go against the winner between the wild card Báez and Rune, and Fabio Fognini (31), who will make his presentation against the winner of the duel between the Spanish Pedro Martínez (61) and the Chilean Alejandro Tabilo (144).

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