Contested on clay, the Argentina Open - an ATP 250 tournament, is ready to celebrate its 20 years with some of the best tennis players in the world.
Sports Pundit spoke to Argentina Open Director Martin Jaite who stated:
“We’re happy that Diego Schwartzman is the top seed. The last Argentinean top seed was David Nalbandian 11 years ago, so we’re proud to have Diego in that place, after the final he reached here, last year.”
The tournament takes place at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club from February 10th - February 16th.
“We are positive that the 20th edition of the tournament will be a huge success. We sold over 30% of tickets compared to last year, which is a significant increase,” concluded Jaite.
In the last decade, Spaniard David Ferrer was dominant in Argentinian soil by winning the tournament in three consecutive years - from 2012 to 2014, fellow countryman Rafael Nadal lifted the trophy in 2015.
The first Argentina Open of the decade is ready to welcome its 2020 champion, and the battle for the title will be fierce.
FROM CROATIA WITH TALENT
2018 Davis Cup champion Borna Coric, is set to make his debut appearance on the clay courts of Buenos Aires.
The World. No. 30 talked with Sports Pundit about his expectations towards the tournament.
“I’m looking forward to my first South American clay swing in February. I arrived in Buenos Aires a couple of days before the start of the tournament, and the impression is great.
The food is very good, and the tournament organization is very hospitable and careful in making sure players get what they need,” said the Croat.
Coric also shared some words about Schwartzman: “Diego is a very nice guy and a dear colleague on tour. It must be a good feeling for him playing in front of the home crowd.”
The Croat begun the season in Australia, showing some of his best tennis representing his country.
The 23-year-old defeated World No. 4, Dominic Thiem, in a thrilling three sets match 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-3), at the inaugural 2020 ATP Cup in Sydney back in January.
DOMINIC THIEM - MATTEO BERRETTINI WITHDRAWAL
The Austrian who won the tournament in Buenos Aires twice (2016-2018), will not be present this year.
The announcement came on Tuesday through social media; in a video, Thiem (26) explains to his fans, the reason that led him to pull out.
“Hello, guys. I had a great journey to Australia, but because of this great journey and because how far I went into the tournament, I have to pull out from Buenos Aires. Im really, really tired. I need some rest to not put the other part of the season in danger.”
The tournament will also miss out on World. No. 8 Matteo Berrettini (23), due to an injury that prevented the Italian to play for his country at the 2020 ATP Cup.
Frenchman Corentin Moutet (20) will be replacing Berrettini.
Local star and World No. 14 Schwartzman resulted in promoted to top seed of the event.
Last year, the 27-year-old came close to victory but lost in the finals to current reigning champion Marco Cecchinato in two sets 6-1, 6-2.
MADE IN NORWAY
Casper Ruud has kicked off the 2020 season with the right foot, reaching a career-high of No. 46 on the FedEx ATP Rankings.
“I am really looking forward to starting my South American swing with the tournament here in Buenos Aires. Its a nice but tough tournament with many good players in the field.
This year Im playing the main draw here for the first time and its a great opportunity for me coming into this tournament with my career-high ranking of number 46. It gives me extra confidence and hopefully, I can win some more matches than I have done here the previous 2 years!.”
MEET ALL THE PLAYERS
Guido Pella, Cristian Garin, Dusan Lajovic, Laslo Djere, Albert Ramos Viola], Pablo Cuevas, Fernando Verdasco, Juan Ignacio Londero, Lorenzo Sonego, Pablo Andujar, Marco Cecchinato, Hugo Dellien, Federico Delbonis, and Nicolas Jarry complete the list of players that will contest the event.
The qualifying tournament will be played today and tomorrow with the main draw beginning on Monday.
The wildcards have been awarded to Argentinians Leonardo Mayer and young talent Francisco Cerundolo.
The winner of the Argentina Open will get 250 points for his ATP World Tour Ranking and US$ 102.535.