Beyond what happened in Masters 1000 or Grand Slam tournaments, the year of Argentine tennis turned out to be spectacular and with historical numbers.
Today seven albiceleste tennis players aged 24 or younger are among the top 250 ATPs. With that condition, they can already play the Grand Slam tournaments or at least the classification with everything that means when planning a year from the economic and strategic.
Juan Manuel Cerúndolo gave the big blow by winning the ATP of Córdoba. From there, he struggled all year to finish in the top 100 in his early 20s, and he did it in spades. He touched the 85th and ends the 90th year. He added three Challenger titles, played another two finals and another three semifinals to finish qualifying for the Next Gen Finals. And he goes for more: he adds hours of work led by Juan Ignacio Chela.
Meanwhile, Sebastian Baez achieved the same goal but adding practically everything in the second ATP level. The young man from Billinghurst, who will turn 21 on December 28, won six Challengers (all-time high), played three other finals. In addition, he reached the second round of the ATP 500 in Hamburg where he could not appear due to contracting coronavirus.
Profile of the Argentine who, at 20 years old, shone this season in the Challengers tournaments.
Francisco Cerúndolo, Juan Manuel’s brother, today he is 23 years old and reached 103rd in the world. He turned out to be one of the most “hurt” by the “frozen” ranking: while some retain 2019 results, he already lost all the points at the end of 2020 when he won three Challengers. Even so, today he is 127th after playing the final of the ATP in Buenos Aires, winning the Cordenons Challenger and playing another final and four semifinals. In addition, he played Roland Garros as lucky loser.
Thomas Etcheverry He also had a very worthy year. Even losing several weeks due to positive Covid, the 22-year-old from La Plata won two Challengers, played another final and eight semifinals. In addition, he performed on the big circuit, remaining very close to the quarterfinals at the Córdoba ATP. The 130th year ends, close to the 129th year it reached in November.
Camilo Ugo Carabelli, 22 years old, was another who added confidence with his compatriots. He reached 202nd in November and ended the year 213rd, enough to be in the Australian qualifying with Leonardo Olguín, his new coach.
The merit of Juan Pablo Ficovich it is beyond ranking. He made it to the Top 200 last season but myocarditis took him off the court for nearly six months. Even so, when he thought the year was lost, he gave himself the pleasure of playing qualifying at Wimbledon and winning a Challenger in São Paulo (and an M25 in Buenos Aires). It closes the year 236.
At 20 years old, Thiago Tirante You already know what it is to win a Challenger: he did it in September at the height of Ambato, Ecuador, being on the edge of the Top 200 (204 °). In addition, the platense played a final and a semifinal in Italy. The 241st ATP season ends.
Santiago Rodriguez Taverna (303 °, 22 years old), Genaro Olivieri (313 °, 23 years old) and Facundo Diaz Acosta (338 °, 21) were very close to entering the Australia qualification so the beginning of the year 2022 will be different for them and they are already registered in the Tigre Challenger. Still, they will attempt that leap to the elite in 2022.