‘I’m aiming for a medal’ declares ATP star on Olympic debut goals
A top ATP pro will be looking to benefit from the many withdrawals from the Olympics to secure a medal for himself and his nation.
World No. 12 Diego Schwartzman is very much looking forward to the chance to represent Argentina in Tokyo.
The 28-year-old will be making his Olympic debut this summer and certainly has a chance to make history at the Ariake Tennis Park.
“Two months ago I went into a downturn,” the ATP talent told TyC Sports of his 2021 season. “It was difficult for me to compete at the highest level. I looked at the horizon with doubt.
“Luckily at Roland Garros and at Wimbledon I improved my level and my energy. That gives me a lot of confidence for Tokyo, a place where I played very well in the ATP 500.”
Schwartzman started the year well with a title in Buenos Aires, but did poorly at Masters 1000 level and lost four consecutive matches at Barcelona, Madrid, Rome and Lyon.
The Argentine then did well to reach the quarter-finals of Roland Garros and before claiming two wins at Wimbledon.
“Now I have to adapt to a new competition and feeling when entering a different field, similar to the Davis Cup,” Schwartzman continued.
“With all the absences there are, if I get lucky in the draw and it favours me in the early rounds, I can go from lowest to highest and go for a medal.”
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