Australian Open: these are the rivals of the Chileans during the first Grand Slam of the season

Australian Open: these are the rivals of the Chileans during the first Grand Slam of the season

This Saturday, January 13, the first major of 2024 begins. Even if the three national representatives, Nicolás Jarry, Cristian Garín and Alejandro Tabilo, arrive at the right time, some do it with more confidence.

The next Sunday January 14 the participation of Chilean tennis players in the Australian Open. Nicolás Jarry (18th ATP), Alejandro Tabilo (82) and Cristian Garín (88) They will be responsible for representing the country at first Grand Slam of the year. In this sense, although all three arrive at a good time in general, at be in the top 100 they also arrive with a different confidence due to their results at the start of the season.

Cristian Garin He will be the first to jump on the hard court at Melbourne Park, Australia. The Ariqueño He will make his debut against local Christopher O’Connel, current number 71 in the ATP rankings. The Australian arrives with a good pace of play, since he has reached round of 16 of the Adelaide international tournament a competition qualified as ATP 250. In this affair, he was eliminated after losing a doubles 6-4 against the American, 29th in the world, Sebastian Korda.

If the Chilean advances, he will have to face in the second round the winner who emerges from the match between one of the great revelations of last season, Ben Shelton, 21-year-old American , 15th in the ranking; and the Spanish, Roberto Bautista Agut, former top ten and current 51st in the ATP rankings.

Then it will be the turn of Nicolas Jarry who after a suspension for doping which kept him away from the courts for 11 months has just had by far the best season of his career, which places him 18th in the world. The “Tower of Santiago” He will have to face Flavio Cobolli (95 years old), Italian tennis player from the qualifications.

The 21-year-old Italian had to overcome three matches in the qualifying stage which could give a slight advantage to the Chilean, since it means that He arrives with greater muscular fatigue during the confrontation. In a hypothetical second round He must face the winner between Pavel Kotov (64) and Arthur Rinderknech (97).

The last Chilean representative will be Alexandre Tabilo. The current 82nd in the world rankings will face the American Aleksandar Kovacevic, 103rd in the world rankings and who also came from qualifying. If he advances, Tabilo will face the winner between Karen Khachanov (15 years old) and Daniel Altamaier (57 years old).

Cristian Garín playing in Toronto. (Photo: USA TODAY Sports)

How do they get there

Cristian Garin He has not yet started this season, because Due to physical problems, he withdrew from the Auckland ATP 250 it therefore remains a unknown the level of play and confidence with which he reached the first Grand Slam of the year.

The first national racket, Nicolas Jarry , is accompanied by ups and downs at the start of the year. Yes OK He had a good participation in the United Cup, winning all his matches just fall in two sets against the young 22-year-old Czech tennis player, Jiří Lehečka currently 29th in the world rankings, for ATP 250 quarter-finals in Adelaide.

In one of the best moments of his career arrived Alexandre Tabilo . The ‘Janus’ comes qualify for the ASB Classic final after beating the 19-year-old Frenchman and current 35th in the ATP rankings in the semi-final, Arthur Son. Thanks to these results, It claims to reach 59th place in the ranking once updated, its best historical position so far.

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Source: Latercera

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