Etlis and Rodríguez had the pleasure of playing two final ATP Masters in doubles

They left a footprint. Gastón Etlis and Martín Rodríguez played the final doubles Masters twice, today known as ATP Finals, being the last Argentines to have given that great pleasure. This Monday the news of the classification of Horacio Zeballos was known, who will be the first from his country to participate after 16 years.

At 35, Zeballos will then perform next month in London, in a duo with the Spanish Marcel granollers. The Argentine and the Spanish make up the fourth couple that reserved their place for the season-ending tournament, with the eight best pairs on the circuit.

To find the last Argentine to be in the game in that prestigious tournament, one must then go back to 2004, when Etlis and Rodríguez formed a couple and lost in their three group matches in the round robin.

They first contested that championship in the previous season, 2003, when they won the only match in that tournament. They beat the Indian Mahesh Bhupathi and the Belarusian Max Mirnyi in the debut, then lost in the next two and still qualified for the semifinals, where they lost to American twins Bob and Mike Bryan.

Etlis did not win titles in singles and did have four in doubles, after playing 14 finals. For his part, Rodríguez also played 14 definitions in doubles but won six contests.