In the run-up to 20 years of the Uruguay Open, to be disputed from 8 to 14 November (at Carrasco Lawn Tennis Club), we relive the consecration of Juan Martín del Potro in 2005.
At 17, he was one of the great promises of world tennis: between 2004 and 2005, he had risen more than 900 positions and it was at the Challenger in Uruguay where he took the first big step of his career. There, he eliminated Flavio Saretta, Fabio Fognini, Santiago Ventura, his compatriot Máximo González and In the final he beat Serbian Boris Pashanski 6-3, 2-6 and 7-6 (7-3).
“After winning in Uruguay, I felt like a professional player for the first time. I started to believe in my game and it showed the people who worked with me how good it could be in the future. I think I had a pretty good race after winning this title“Del Potro told ATP some time ago.
In addition, he explained the importance of these contests: “This is the step before the ATP Tour and the Challengers are very important to learn and grow, they are magnificent tournaments“.
Today, the 2009 US Open champion tennis player, double Olympic medalist and former world number three fights to return, once again, to the circuit. Undoubtedly, his image reflects great motivation for many who will compete in the Challenger in this 2021.