Alcaraz and Norrie, first seeds in Argentina


Carlos Alcaraz and the british Cameron Norrieworld number 1 and 12, respectively, will be the first two seeded teams in Argentina tomorrow tennis, which will be held at Buenos Aires from February 11 to 19, the tournament organization reported on Tuesday.

According to the list presented on the official Twitter account of the Argentina Open, the Murcian -absent due to injury at the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the season, played in Melbourne- is the number 1 favorite in the draw. , followed by a recent runner-up at the Auckland tournament.

The third seed is the Italian Lorenzo MusettiUnited Cup finalist in Australia at the start of 2023, in the draw ahead of the great local idol after the departure of Juan Martín del Potro, Diego Schwarzman.

The ‘Little One’, who earned his pass to the second round of the Australian Open on Tuesday after defeating Ukrainian Oleksii Krutykh 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3 and 7-6 (5), will try to repeat in Buenos Aires the title won in 2021.

Along with them were also confirmed the Argentines Francisco Cerúndolo (5), Sebastián Báez (7), Pedro Cachín (10) and Federico Coria (19), and the Spanish Albert Ramos-Viñolas (6), Pedro Martínez (11), Jaume Munar (13), Bernabé Zapata Miralles (16) and Roberto Carballés (18). In addition, Colombian Daniel Galán (15) and Bolivian Hugo Dellien (17) will compete in Buenos Aires.

The Argentina Open, an ATP 250 tournament, is played on the clay of the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club, in the capital of Argentina, and distributes nearly $630,000 in prizes.

On January 11, the organization announced the presence of Alcaraz, who could lose the world number 1 at the Australian Open in favor of his compatriot Rafa Nadal, the Norwegian Casper Ruud or the Serbian Novak Djokovic.

“The truth is that I am excited to go to Argentina, to play there,” the Murcian said in a video posted on the competition’s Twitter account.

“It is an honor and good news for Argentine sports to be able to play Carlos Alcaraz, number 1 in the world, in our tournament. The 2023 edition is not to be missed,” said the tournament director, Martín Jaite, in a statement.

For his part, the Minister of Tourism and Sports of the South American country, Matías Lammens, highlighted in an interview with EFE that “Argentina is a country with a great tennis tradition and the presence of Alcaraz is incredible news” and thought that the Spaniard was “a wonder of the tennis world because of how old he is and everything he has achieved”.

Source: La Verdad


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