Just as it was the debut and farewell for the Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas, the other South American, Federico Delbonis saw the start quickly in the ATP 250 of Kitzbühel, in Austria, last of the year on brick dust on the big circuit.
The 30-year-old Buenos Aires player, ranked 46th in the ATP world rankings, fell to the French Arthur Rinderknech (91) in straight sets: 6-2 and 6-4. In this way, Delbonis ends his 2021 campaign on clay with great passages and very good results, although without titles.
This tournament has a long tradition of participation by Argentine tennis players, to the point that seven of them became champions. Guillermo Vilas from Mar del Plata was the one with the most titles (4), after winning successively in the finals of the 1977, 1980, 1982 and 1983 editions. There were also champions from Buenos Aires Horacio De la Peña (1990) and Gastón Gaudio (2005); Guillermo Coria from Santa Fe (2003), Agustín Calleri (2006) from Cordoba, plus Juan Monaco (2007) and Juan Martín Del Potro (2008) from Tandile.