Unexpected Affect: Cerundolo Again In Industry On ATP Challenger Excursion


“We had been each born with a tennis racquet,” #NextGenATP big name Juan Manuel Cerundolo joked as he recalled his earliest tennis reminiscence of him and his older brother, Francisco Cerundolo.

The Argentine brothers have impressed every different all the way through their younger careers as they’ve constructed upon their luck. Crucial time for circle of relatives give a boost to got here this season, when Juan Manuel was once sidelined with accidents.

“My brother and I stay motivating and finding out from every different,” Juan Manuel advised ATPTour.com. “We give recommendation and encourage like, ‘If I will be able to do it, you’ll do it additionally’. His fulfillment this 12 months impressed me to stay going, we keep up a correspondence so much.” 

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This previous week, Juan Manuel returned to the winners’ circle as he gained the Buenos Aires Challenger to gather his first ATP Challenger Excursion name of the season (fourth total). In entrance of an lively Argentine crowd, the 20-year-old defeated countryman Camilo Ugo Carabelli 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 within the ultimate.

“I didn’t be expecting to win the match,” Juan Manuel mentioned. “It was once my 2nd match getting back from virtually two-and-a-half months and sooner than that, I wasn’t competing steadily. Successful now, being wholesome and taking part in in entrance of my other folks at house was once truly great. It was once relieving.

“It’s the most productive Challenger I’ve gained, between the 4. The ambience was once unbelievable. Each me and Camilo had a lot of people cheering for us. That’s one thing you don’t see in another position than your own home.”

Gamers from Argentina have blended for a season-leading 19 Challenger titles. Juan Manuel is the 14th other Argentine champion this 12 months, tying a Challenger Excursion document for essentially the most other winners from a unmarried nation in a season (USA in 2006, France in 2011). The ready and tough restoration paintings paid off for the Buenos Aires local.

“The harm was once truly irritating as a result of 2021 was once superb for me,” Juan Manuel mentioned. “When I used to be beginning to play ATP, I tore my psoas muscle [located in the lower lumbar region of the spine], additionally coming from an issue in my hip. Then we realised my hip was once k, it was once extra the tendon and muscle. All my effects I were given closing 12 months went away as a result of I couldn’t play. It made me indignant as a result of whilst you play, you wish to have to place your 100% in each fit, and I wasn’t ready to do this.”

In 2021, Juan Manuel was once certainly one of 4 avid gamers to assert a Excursion-level and Challenger name. His 3 Challenger titles – Rome-2, Como, Banja Luka – all got here after his preliminary step forward on the ATP 250 tournament in Cordoba. ‘Juanma’ complex via qualifying en direction to creating his ATP Excursion main-draw debut on house soil. He didn’t prevent there.

The then-Global No. 335 changed into the primary Argentine to win a name in his debut and the youngest Argentine champion (19 years, 3 months) since Guillermo Coria (19 years, one month) gained Vina del Mar in 2001. The lefty’s standout season booked him a price ticket to the 2021 Intesa Sanpaolo Subsequent ATP Finals in Milan, Italy.


“Cordoba was once a dream,” Juan Manuel mentioned. “I used to be taking part in qualifying and I used to be like, ‘If I will be able to win one qualifying fit, it’ll be a excellent match!’ Then I began profitable and I couldn’t imagine anything else. When I used to be within the quarter-finals I used to be like, ‘Woah, what’s going on!’ Then I simply had the boldness and it came about.

“It was once like the whole lot I dreamed of since I used to be a child, profitable at house, all my family and friends had been there. Now, having a look again, I realized so much from that week. It was once like the start of my occupation.”

Juan Manuel Cerundolo captures the title at the 2021 Cordoba Open.
Juan Manuel Cerundolo captures the name on the 2021 Cordoba Open. Credit score: Cordoba Open

This season, Francisco, 24, adopted in his more youthful brother’s footsteps by means of claiming his maiden Excursion-level name in July, when he triumphed on the ATP 250 tournament in Bastad, Sweden. Similar to Juan Manuel’s fulfillment in 2021, Francisco additionally claimed a Challenger name (Santa Cruz, Bolivia) in January. The proper-hander is certainly one of six avid gamers who’ve claimed a Excursion-level and Challenger name in 2022.

When Francisco, No. 29 within the Pepperstone ATP Ratings, lifted the trophy in Sweden, Juan Manuel was once making ready for the Tampere Challenger. He made positive that he may just watch his brother be topped champion.

“When he [Francisco] was once taking part in the general in Bastad, I used to be coaching in Finland,” Juan Manuel mentioned. “My trainer put TennisTV on between our trainings and I noticed each level I may just. It was once a vital ultimate for him and he was once taking part in a pal of mine, Sebastian Baez. It was once a truly great fit, each are having an ideal 12 months.”

Juan Manuel, Global No. 148, has shifted his consideration against having a constant run throughout the year-end South American Challenger swing as he seems to play a complete season in 2023. The lefty is ready to compete the following two weeks on the Rio de Janeiro and Coquimbo-2 Challengers.

“With all of the accidents I’ve been via this 12 months, now my most effective purpose is to play steadily,” Juan Manuel mentioned. “To play 3 tournaments in a row could be superb for me and to have the regularity to win and take a look at to play up to imaginable is extra essential than score and tournaments at this time.”



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