Francisco Cerúndolo (116 °) will make his presentation in the main box of Roland Garros against Thiago Monteiro after having entered as lucky loser by the dismissal of Canadian Milos Raonic and He will be one of the more than fifty Argentine (male) tennis players throughout history to debut in the contest during the Open Era.
The first were Guillermo Vilas and Ricardo Cano in 1972 in the Open Era, which began in 1968, taking into account that the last albiceleste participant had been Raúl Peralta in 1966 and without forgetting historical players such as Enrique Morea, who reached the semifinals. in 1953. In the 70’s, Julian Ganzábal also made his presentations (victory against Patricio Rodríguez in 1974), Lito Alvarez (loss to Toma Ovici in 1974) and Jose Luis Clerc (victory against Ivan Lendl in 1978).
In the 1980s, those who played the French contest for the first time were Carlos Castellan (victory over Jerome Potier in 1982), Francisco Yunis (win over Gilad Bloom in 1987), Martin Jaite (victory against Albert Tous in 1984), Alexander ganzabal (victory against Manuel Orantes in 1981), Alberto mancini (loss to Guillermo Pérez Roldán in 1988), Horacio de la Peña (loss to John McEnroe in 1984), Eduardo Bengoechea (victory against Henri Leconte in 1981), Gustavo Tiberti (win over Charles Buzz Strode in 1982), Carlos Gattiker (loss to Eddie Dibbs in 1980), Gustavo Guerrero placeholder image (loss to Rod Frawley in 1981), William Aubone (loss to Brian Gottfried in 1981), Roberto Argorit (loss to Jakob Hlasek in 1984), Christian miniussi (victory against Marian Vajda in 1986), Guillermo Pérez Roldán (loss to Thomas Muster in 1987) and Frank davin (victory against Johan Vekemans in 1987).
In the 90 ‘there were 13 Argentine tennis players who debuted at Roland Garros. The most prominent were Mariano Puerta (victory against Gianluca Pozzi in 1999), Gaston Gaudio (win over Oliver Gross in 1999), Guillermo Cañas (win over Jan Siemerink in 1999), Mariano zabaleta (loss to Jonathan Stark in 1997), Franco Squillari (Malivai Washington in 1996), Agustin Calleri (win over Daniel Vacek in 1999) and Javier Frana (win against Andre Agassi in 1992).
Finally, during the XXI century, there have been 27 albiceleste tennis players who have made their first appearance in the Grand Slam with a balance of 19 victories and eight defeats.
Those who triumphed were: Federico Delbonis (before Julian Reister in 2013), Guido Andreozzi (against Taylor Fritz in 2018), Maximum González (before Roko Karanusic in 2008), Eduardo Schwank (before Carlos Moya in 2008), Juan Monaco (against Alex Bogomolov Jr. in 2004), Jose Acasuso (before Magnus Gustafsson in 2001), Juan Ignacio Chela (before Todd Martin in 2000), Leonardo mayer (before James Blake in 2009), Guillermo Coria (before Michael Llodra in 2000), Horacio Zeballos (before Martin Fischer in 2010), Diego Junqueira (before Adrian Mannarino in 2008), Marco Trungelliti (before Marin Cilic in 2016), Facundo Bagnis (before Julien Benneteau in 2014), Frederick Browne (victory against Juan Antonio Marin in 2000), Juan Ignacio Londero (win against Nikoloz Basilashvili in 2019), David nalbandian (victory against Agustin Calleri in 2002), Diego schwartzman (win against Gastao Elias in 2014), Guido pella (win against Ivan Dodig in 2013) and Federico Coria (to Jason Jung in 2020).
The eight defeats correspond to: Martín Vassallo Argorit (before Todd Martin in 2002), Juan Martin del Potro (before Juan Carlos Ferrero in 2006), Carlos Berlocq (before Ivan Ljubicic in 2006), Diego hartfield (against Roger Federer in 2006), Juan Pablo Brzezicki (before Tim Henman in 2005), Brian Dabul (before Sergiy Stakhovsky in 2009), Edgardo Massa (before Thomas Enqvist in 2002) and Facundo Argorit (before Radek Stepanek in 2014).
Francisco Cerúndolo, then, will be the 61st Argentine to play a Roland Garros main draw.