The Argentines at Wimbledon: because it is a reality that does not go according to the present

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The Argentines at Wimbledon: because it is a reality that does not go according to the present
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Diego Schwartzman was the last Argentine to be eliminated at Wimbledon. Photo: Glyn KIRK / AFP.

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Four days have passed of Wimbledon, the most important tournament in the world, and there are no more Argentines in the men’s singles draw (no women were among the 128 participants). A reality that does not go according to the present of the national tennis team in the ATP circuit in which, to give two figures, six compatriots are in the top 100 of the ranking and in the first half of the year nine Argentines have obtained 11 challenging titlestwo more than the French, for example, second on that list.

But the point is to analyze because none of the seven players who participated in the main draw even managed to make it to the third round.

One reason could be the poor grass preparation that most have done. If you take into account that after Roland Garros there were three weeks in which the circuit did not leave that surface, only Diego Schwartzmann Y Francesco Cerundolo they played in two of them (London and Eastbourne), Sebastian Baez, Thomas Etcheverry Y Frederic Delbonis they did it at once (Báez and Delbonis went to Mallorca and Etcheverry tried to top the Eastbourne rankings but lost on debut) and Federico Coria Y Facundo Bagni They appeared for All England to tread the grass for the first time this season as they had both just played against challengers on clay.

There is also an economic reason that fits most of these names and with that problem (the pocket) no one can get involved. Because, after all, it is the work of each one. Coria said it well after losing in two sets against the Czech Vesely one day after winning the challenger of Milan on slow fields. “I’m 28 and I have to be strategic to stay in the elite. I have debts and everything was uphill; I would like to be 20 and play for three weeks on grass, but I have to be intelligent and know how to choose “, Rosario said that in two weeks he will have to defend the points of the Bastad final and, for now, he will have to fight for the classification on Swedish soil.

Likewise, there is still no full conviction that good results can be achieved even on slow grass like Wimbledon. It is true that david nalbandian He was an elite player, one of the best in the world at the time. But it must always be remembered that the Unquill native reached the All England final without ever having played a professional tournament on grass …

In other words, the challenge is needed. And that trying to play Wimbledon with better and wider preparation could lead to a different experience. And with a different result. Most of the former Argentine tennis players today say that he would change his calendar if he could go back in time. Maybe we should all listen to them a little more.

Source: Clarin

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