Rising Tennis Star Joao Fonseca Makes History at Rio Open

Joao Fonsecathe 17-year-old who on Wednesday became the first tennis player born in 2006 to achieve an ATP victory, has gone further and He has sneaked into the quarterfinals of the Río Open after defeating the Chilean Cristian Garín by a double 6-4. He entered the draw as a guest, not in vain he was ranked 655th in the ranking, and in two games it has risen to 342. If he wins on Sunday he would be just outside the top 100.

Fonseca is already the second youngest to sneak into the top eight of a 500 category event since its creation in 2009 and the youngest since Alexander Zverev, in Hamburg 2014. The Carioca, who lives 10 minutes from the Jockey Club tracks, headquarters of the contest, He remembers in everything Gustavo Kuerten, the legend of Brazilian tennis, who gives his name to the center in Rio de Janeiro and who will precisely appear at the tournament starting today..

This victory is for the entire Brazilian public

Joao Fonseca

Joao, compared in his country to Jannik Sinner for his long legs and white skin, he has been training and working like a future star for a long time. Last season’s US Open junior champion, he earned the right to be a sparring partner at the ATP Finals in Turin.

There he trained with all the teachers, including Carlos Alcaraz, whom he already knew from their practices at the Río Open.

Fonseca already has its own communications manager. This is Diana, the same one who handled Guga’s affairs when he was a star of the tennis firmament..

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Roger Federer, behind the company On, has signed him, thus joining Iga Swiatek, number one in the WTA, and Ben Shelton, diamond in the rough of American tennis. “My idol was always Federer although in my country they compare me to Sinner,” he confesses.

The promise that excites the Brazilian people was in the stands 10 years ago, in the first edition of the Río Open, watching Rafael Nadal win. Now the protagonist is him. His rival in the quarterfinals will be the Argentine ‘qualy’ Mariano Navone, who has also opened his record of victories in Brazil. The six thousand tickets to see him play are sold out.

Fonseca signed up last year to pursue university studies in Virginia (United States). These will definitely be parked by the professional circuit.

2024-02-23 10:51:18
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