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The Córdoba Open, with Schwartzman as the first favorite and with a player subscribed to the show and to the controversies

The Cordoba Opentournament with which the South American tour of the ATP Tour begins next February, announced this Monday its list of registered players, which highlights Diego Schwartzman as top favourite.

Located this week in 25th place in the ranking, Schwartzman is currently the main candidate in this 250 series tournament, in which he participated four times, with the final in 2020 as the best participation; On that occasion, the Peque lost the decisive duel against the Chilean Cristian Garín.

Francisco Cerundolo (30th) will be another of the prominent participants in the tournament that will be held from February 6 to 12 on the fields of Polo Deportivo Kempes. In this case, the player from Buenos Aires will arrive in Córdoba immediately after his participation in the Davis Cup series that Argentina will face as a visitor against Finland, on the 4th and 5th of next month.

Francisco Cerúndolo, other attractions in the Cordovan ATPpicture alliance – picture alliance

Other Argentines present at the Cordoba event will be Sebastián Báez, Pedro Cachin, Federico Coria, Tomás Martín Etcheverry and Facundo Bagnis, while John Manuel Certainly, tournament champion in 2021, secured the first of the special invitations (wild cards). Two other guests have yet to be announced, and of course, the four players who will enter from the qualifying stage, which will take place on Saturday the 4th and Sunday the 5th, with free admission.

The current champion, the Spanish, will participate in the Cordoba contest Albert Ramos Viñolas (38th), and other names notable for their experience on the tour such as the Italian Fabio Fognini, the Serbian Dusan Lajovic, the Chilean Garín and the Portuguese Joao Sousa.

As skilled as he is explosive: the Frenchman Corentin Moutet
As skilled as he is explosive: the Frenchman Corentin MoutetCordoba Open – THE NATION

However, one of the names to keep in mind is that of Corentin Moutet. The Frenchman, ranked 51st in the ranking, is one of those players who usually put on a show, for better or… to generate controversy. The lefty is a demon of exquisite hand in a 1.75m container, and he never goes unnoticed. He is as clever as he is irascible. In the same match he can spill a high-ranking tennis or star in embarrassing reactions. Case in point: at the Challenger Open d’Orleans, he was about to be attacked by his rival, the Bulgarian Adrian Andreev, who did not tolerate Moutet’s attitudes. Later, at the ATP 250 in Naples, in a duel against the young local Luca Nardi, he won an outstanding point: near the net, he threatened to return it from a smash, but he quickly mimicked that shot, put the racket down and finished. passing it with a subtle touch, unattainable for the Italian, who had practically already given up the point, in a brilliant action and, at the same time, had a hint of arrogance.

Tickets for the main draw can be purchased through Ticketek with a cost ranging from 3,000 pesos. The Córdoba Open 2023 is organized by Torneos and Octagon, with support from the provincial government.

The list of participants of the Córdoba Open

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