Diego Schwartzman couldn't he happier after inaugurating a tennis complex of 53 courts and a tennis lounge in Buenos Aires. The centre court at the complex has been named "Diego Peque Schwartzman" to honor him. "I am very happy to start playing tennis here.
I am very grateful to be here for the appointment of the Central Court. It is very special, I try to enjoy the moment. It’s a beautiful club, a beautiful country. It’s very special to me," Schwartzman told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, as revealed on Sportskeeda.
Schwartzman recalled his tennis beginnings in Tigre, Buenos Aires. "This place was very different when I came to mess with my friends. Some days we kids just played in front of the wall, there weren’t enough fields, so the big boys didn’t let our kids play, so I practiced against the wall.
Years later, some of them still didn’t want me to play … But it was because I started hitting them,” added Schwartzman.
Schwartzman suffered the most surprising loss of the year
Schwartzman suffered one of the most surprising losses in Davis Cup history when he lost to unranked junior Daniil Ostapenkov in September.
"It was one of the worst days of my career,” Schwartzman told La Nacion of the loss to Ostapenkov. “I lost to an unranked, inexperienced player. All that already affects [me] a lot. Although 80 or 90 percent of the people are always encouraging [me], there was a minority who criticized me with bad intentions.
“I received threats, insults and requests not to return to Argentina. More or less, it affects [me]." Ostapenkov claimed a 6-4 6-3 win over Schwartzman. "I have no excuses. I did everything wrong. I played way below my level.
Did I know my opponent? No, I had no information about him," Schwartzman said after the loss. "I could never find my way around the match. He played perfect. "His serve and forehand hurt me a lot. I also think it was one of the worst matches of my professional career."