Tennis enjoys the greatness that today Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic bring, each in their own way. Others show precocity and ask for a clue. Meanwhile, there are other “greats” who stand out for different reasons on the professional circuit.
And in that aspect enters the Argentine Federico Coria, who this Monday makes his debut in a Grand Slam tournament at the age of 28. Guillermo’s younger brother, former world No. 3 and 2004 Roland Garros finalist, will face Jason Jung of China-Taipei in the first round.
Federico had to fight long and hard throughout his career: a clear example of this is that his brother, at the age of 27, had already decided to end his career as a tennis player. Instead, he enters the lot of the oldest Albicelestes to play a Grand Slam for the first time and is already 28.
Another of the Argentine players who made their late-life Grand Slam debut was Martín Alund from Mendoza. At Roland Garros 2013, after reaching the semi-finals in São Paulo, Alund entered the main draw at the age of 27 and would ultimately be the only one to contest in his career.
Meanwhile, Diego Junqueira also had his first time in a big tournament at the age of 27. The Tandilense did it for the first time at Roland Garros 2008, where he crossed the classification and later lost to the Croatian Ivan Ljubicic.
On the other hand, in 1998, Martín Rodríguez made his debut in one of the four Majors, also at Roland Garros, at the age of 28 and in that tournament he lost in the first round against the American Jan-Michael Gambill. The oldest record for the debut in a tournament of this caliber belongs to the Dominican Víctor Estrella Burgos, who did so at the age of 33.