In the last 20 years, Argentina dominated South American tennis


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In the last 20 years, Argentina dominated South American tennis

Argentina is the leading country in South American tennis in the last two decades And the statistics support it: in 18 of the last 20 seasons, a national tennis player always finished ranked as the best in the region in the ATP ranking. Simply incredible.

Argentine tennis got used to having, year after year, at least one racket competing in the elite of world tennis. First in the 2000s, with some members of The Legion What David Nalbandián and Guillermo Coria, and later with Juan Mónaco, Juan Martín del Potro, Leonardo Mayer and Diego Schwartzman.

The king David was the one that gave the starting point to this curious statistic, when in 2002 he finished just two places from the Top Ten and ended the reign of Gustavo Kuerten, the Brazilian who came from being No. 2 in 2001, No. 1 in 2000 and No. 5 in 1999.

In this way, from 2002 inclusive to the present, with seven times Delpo It is the Argentine that more times finished ranked as the best South American of the year (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2017 and 2018).

Thus, only two managed to cut this “albiceleste” streak. In 2007 the Chilean did Fernando Gonzalez, which finished as No. 7 in the world. And in 2016, the Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas, as the N ° 22 of the ranking.

From this list of eight South American tennis players who reigned in the last 20 years, only the tandilense managed to win a Grand Slam (US Open 2009).

Currently, Schwartzman will finish 2021 as No. 13 in the world and behind him Cristian Garin, the Chilean who occupies the No. 18 position on the circuit. The Small thus concludes for the third time in a row as the best South American.

LEADING SOUTH AMERICANS OF THE LAST 20 YEARS:

2021 Schwartzman (13th) – ARG
2020 Schwartzman (9th) – ARG
2019 Schwartzman (14th) – ARG
2018 Del Potro (5th) – ARG
2017 Del Potro (11th) – ARG
2016 Caves (22 °) – URU
2015 Mayer (35 °) – ARG
2014 Mayer (28 °) – ARG
2013 Del Potro (5th) – ARG
2012 Del Potro (7th) – ARG
2011 Del Potro (11th) – ARG
2010 Monaco (26th) – ARG
2009 Del Potro (5th) – ARG
2008 Del Potro (9th) – ARG
2007 González (7th) – CHI
2006 Nalbandián (8th) – ARG
2005 Nalbandián (6th) – ARG
2004 Coria (7th) – ARG
2003 Coria (5th) – ARG
2002 Nalbandián (12 °) – ARG
2001 Kuerten (2nd) – BRA


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