A full day for South American tennis on the other side of the world. Of the five male participants who appeared in the last round of qualifying for the Australian Open, all five made it through directly without having to become lucky losers.
Tomás Etcheverry achieved that first step with which he surely dreamed all his life and he celebrated it as a proper title. He will play a Grand Slam main draw for the first time!
The Australian Open is already a reality. The man from La Plata (129th in the world) obtained a superb result against the Italian Flavio Cobolli (199th) in the final round by beating him 6-3, 6-2.
But he was not the only Argentine who celebrated in Melbourne. Because Marco Trungelliti (198 in the world ranking), a regular since the Qualys, will play his ninth Grand Slam (three in Australia) accessing from the preliminary phase. The man from Santiago beat Damir Dzumhur (161st) 6-2, 2-6 and 7-5.
In addition, Alejandro Tabilo (136th) and Tomás Barrios (151st) also passed and gave Chile a joy twice. The former swept Elias Ymer (169th) 6-1, 6-2 and will play the first Grand Slam of the year again as he did in 2020, when he reached the second round. The second defeated Filip Horansky (193rd) 7-5, 6-4 and will also debut in this tournament.
To close the 5 of 5, the Ecuadorian Emilio Gómez (155th), quietly, defeated Thomas Fabianno (202nd) by 7-5, 4-6 and 6-3. In this way there will be 14 Latin Americans in the men’s team of Australia.