Cristian Garin was one of those tennis players who suffered the most from the stop due to the coronavirus. He was invited to a party that was canceled at the last minute.
The Chilean built much of his crop on last year’s tour on clay and was revalidating it at the beginning of this 2020 but the pandemic told him to stop. To the 2019 titles in Houston and Munich (and a final in São Paulo), in February of this year he added the cups in Córdoba and Rio de Janeiro, the latter, his first ATP 500. Not bad for a career on the rise.
As 18 of the world, he had no less to overcome the stumbling block of the second round in the Grand Slam. His account is pending in a fledgling career with just four seasons appearing in the Majors (3-7 record).
It is listed in Washington. You don’t want to waste time with tuning or acclimatization. This is how his coach Andrés Schneiter sees it: “For me this year it could be given, but it can continue to be given. I think there is Cristian Garin for ten more years at the top level.”
And he hopes that he will definitely settle in the elite of world tennis: “He has already beaten Tsitsipas, Zverev. With Medvedev, he can beat me. Guys like Berrettini, Shapovalov, Schwartzman, he has already beaten them. In a couple of years more, if everything continues to evolve, and if you keep your head focused on that side, you have a chance to have a spectacular career. “
His coach sees it coming. If the pandemic leaves him, Garin will be able to sit at the table of the greats.