The origins and history of tennis in Argentina they can be traced back to the development of the rail system in the country.
The Argentine railway system It was developed by British avids to guarantee the shipment of goods from Argentina to the United Kingdom. During that time, British immigrants who worked in the rail system brought tennis (Polo and Golf) to Argentina. As a result of this, most, if not all, tennis clubs in Buenos Aires, they are next to the train lines.
One of the most traditional tennis institutions in Argentina is the Tennis Club of Buenos Aires. Founded in 1892, Tennis Cathedral It hosted many Davis Cup matches and ATP tournaments. Players like Guillermo Vilas, José Luis Clerc and Víctor Pecci used to train, practice and play tennis on the same courts as Gastón Gaudio He does it today, for example.
Since 1921, tennis in Argentina is regulated by the Argentine Tennis Association (Argentine Tennis Association). In Argentina, tennis is played in Red Clay as in the French Open.
Comparing with Hardcourts (U.S. Open, Australian Open), Grass (Wimbledon) and carpet surfaces; Red Clay is slower and with a much greater bounce of the ball. These features help players to have more time to reach and return each shot, which makes it more difficult to hit the winners during a tennis match.
In addition, the Red Clay surfaces allow players to skate and recover that ball that would otherwise be difficult to hit.
For almost ninety consecutive years, Argentina has been competing for the Davis Cup trophy. With more than fifteen years in the World Group, Argentina was semifinalist in 1980, finishing twice as runner-up (1981 and 2006). For the past seven years, Argentina has been competing in the World Group, advancing to the quarterfinals each time and becoming number two in the ITF Davis Cup ranking. In September 2008, Argentina returns to compete for the Davis Cup final. Argentina vs Russia.
Although Enrique Morea during the 40s and 50s was one of the best Argentine tennis players of all time, it was not until the 70s that tennis became a popular sport in Argentina. Guillermo Vilas changed and transformed tennis forever in Argentina. In fact, together with Diego Maradona, Vilas is one of the most important sports figures in Argentina.
Vilas inspired many other players who follow his success as José Luis Clerc and Gabriela Sabatini. In 1977, Vilas won 12 titles, including Roland Garros and Forest Hills. In the same year, Argentina defeated the US Davis Cup team. UU And he played the semifinals for the first time. That was the time for big names in tennis history such as Bjon Borg, Jimmy Connors, Yannick Noah, Vitas Girulaitis and John McEnroe.
The tennis achievements achieved by both Guillermo Vilas and Gabriela Sabatini resulted in being admitted to the International Tennis Hall of Fame!
In recent years, Argentina has become an international powerhouse of the best professional tennis players in both the ATP and the Sony Ericsson WTA. In addition to having two Hall of Fame players, Argentine tennis players such as David Nalbandian, Guillermo Cañas, Juan Monaco, José Acasuso, Gisela Dulko, Maria Emilia Salerni, Guillermo Coria, Gaston Gaudio, Paola Suárez, Mariano Puerta, Agustin Calleri, Juan Martín Del Potro, Ignacio Chela and Eduardo Schwank are good examples of such an Argentine power of tennis.
Coaching in Argentina It is also very important. In addition to the best professional tennis players, Argentina also has many recognized and successful tennis coaches. Some of them are Carlos Rodríguez (Justin Henin), Martín Jaite (David Nalbandian), Hernán Gumy (Gustavo Kuerten, Marat Safin) and Horacio de la Peña (Fernando González).
No less important are the victories of players like David Nalbandian Y Guillermo Cañas about the best tennis player of all time, Roger Federer.
With almost a century of play, Tennis in Argentina has a long and successful history full of trophies and medals that make this country a great place for a wonderful and memorable tennis vacation in the heart of South America.
The history of tennis in Argentina is evolving as sports do. New players, new techniques, new materials and new technologies combine to make tennis what it is.
See you on the courts!
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