Playing an official tournament today is the great goal of every professional tennis player. And that’s how Juan Pablo Ficovich took it, who took the precautions and carried out all the steps to be able to play, from next Monday, the Todi Challenger.
“We are in Umag doing the quarantine. We did tests in Slovenia to be able to enter and we are already preparing to start in Todi”, Ficovich confides to ESPNTenis.com from Umag, where he settled with his coach Juan Pablo Gandara, after flying from Buenos Aires to Rome.
“We spoke with ATP and they assured us that we would be able to train at Umag. They got us some pitches but they cost us 11 euros an hour ”, they say. Thus, they made sure to reach Europe 15 days before the action begins in Italy. “Likewise, the first night we couldn’t get into Croatia. They asked us for a Covid-19 test so we went back to Slovenia and did the tests. “Due to the type of testing carried out, they had to pay for it at a cost of 100 euros each.
Why do the quarantine in another country and 600 kilometers from the host city of the tournament? By not having a European passport, ATP did not assure them that they could settle within the Union, of which Croatia does not belong. “Now we continue training.” Fico “has already entered the Todi Challenger directly, he does not have to play qualification so we will arrive by land, entering Italy through Trieste, to be able to be on Saturday in the tournament, where they will test us”. The good news: the operational costs of that test are borne by the organization.
And then? “Once we enter Italy, we will play as much as possible. We will stay three weeks on the Challengers tour until we go to qualifying at Roland Garros.”