The Argentina Open draw with the return of Juan Martín del Potro to the tournament after 16 years: day, time, rival and everything you need to know

February 5, 2022

Juan Martín del Potro will once again say present at the Argentina Open and will resume official action two and a half years after his injury (Photo: Reuters)

The Argentina Open will live one of the most exciting editions of its outstanding history with all eyes on the return of Juan Martin del Potro into action after undergoing four operations on the patella of his right knee that put him on the brink of retirement. The organization raffled the table, confirmed the crosses that will begin to take place on Monday and put on the table the path that the main rackets of the country will have in search of the title.

Although the date was not made official, everything indicates that the next Tuesday, February 8 will be saved forever in the tennis history books of the country: Del Potro will reappear in tennis after overcoming –once again– a delicate injury that has kept him off the court for a long time. more than two and a half years. The Tower of Tandil He would make his debut that day against the Argentine Federico Delbonis in prime time (around 8:00 p.m.) on the central court. to add another pearl to his epic comeback: he has not participated in the most important event organized by the country at the tennis level for 16 years.

The two central players of the title in the 2016 Davis Cup only have a duel between them: the man from Tandil won 7-6 and 6-3 in the Masters 1000 of Indian Wells 2017. The 31-year-old born in Azul, is currently located in the 41st place in the ranking and Delpo (33 years old) fell to position 757 in the ranking as a result of his two and a half years of inactivity.

Del Potro and Delbonis will meet in the first round of the Argentina Open (Photo: Reuters)
Del Potro and Delbonis will meet in the first round of the Argentina Open (Photo: Reuters)

The eyes will also be positioned on Diego Schwartzman, the country’s number 1 who broke the 12-year curse without champions in 2021 albicelestes of the Argentina Open. The little, 14th in the ranking, will begin his journey in the second round of the ATP 250 for being second seeded and will wait for the winner of a key that will star in the first phase the Spaniard Jaume Munar and a tennis player who won the qualy which is still being disputed.

Yes OK Schwartzman won the title in 2020 after beating Francisco Cerúndolo in the final, the tournament had not been obtained by a local representative since 2008 when he lifted the crown david nalbandian. Delpo he only participated in the 2006 edition when he was 17 years old and lost in the debut against the Spanish Juan Carlos Ferrero. He then prioritized the hard court tour according to his style of play. On a historical level, William Vilas He is the top owner of cups in the main Argentine competition with 8 achievements followed by the Spanish David Ferrer Y Carlos Moya With 3. Jose Luis Clerc, Franco Squillari and Guillermo Coria (2) They are the only ones albicelestes that they were able to repeat the crown at least once.


• Juan Martin del Potro (WC) vs. Federico Delbonis (41°)

Federico Coria (64th)vs. Pablo Cuevas (90°)

John Ignatius Londoner (139th) vs. Pablo Andujar (73rd)

Sebastian Baez (WC) vs Holger Rune (97°)

Jaume Munar (88°) vs. To qualify

* The first round matches will be played Monday 7/2 and Tuesday 8/2 from 1:30 p.m.

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