David Ferrer and Felix Auger-Aliassime grab Buenos Aires invitations


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David Ferrer and Felix Auger-Aliassime grab Buenos Aires invitations

The 19th edition of the Argentina Open at Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club will take place between February 11-17, with Dominic Thiem, Fabio Fognini and Diego Schwartzman as the top seeds. The most successful player of this ATP 250 event is David Ferrer who claimed three titles in a row between 2012-14, with the Spaniard receiving a wild card to play in Buenos Aires for the last time before he retires in Madrid in May.

After a career that has lasted for 20 years, David wants to retire in style and play some of his favorite tournaments in the first half of 2019, including Auckland (he had to retire in the second round), Buenos Aires, Acapulco and Barcelona before that final chapter in Madrid.

The veteran will compete in Buenos Aires for the tenth time, losing in the final in 2010 before those three dominant years and 17 straight wins until Nicolas Almagro defeated him in the semi-final in 2016. Carlos Berlocq ousted him a year ago in straight sets and David will now make one last push in his farewell performance in front of the crowd in Buenos Aires that has been supporting him throughout the years.

An 18-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime will play his 12th ATP tournament in a career after receiving a wild card, avoiding the qualifying draw and entering the main action instantly. After a slow start of the season, the super talented Canadian delivered the deciding point for his country against Slovakia in Davis Cup Qualifiers, heading to Buenos Aires with a massive boost of confidence and seeking a good result on the surface that brought him a lot in 2018.

The tournament director Martin Jaite praised Felix's abilities, expecting him to make the top-10 in the future and giving the crowd in Buenos Aires a chance to see him while he is still the upcoming star. Facundo Diaz Acosta should have received the third invitation but he is struggling with an ankle injury, replaced by the 20-year-old Francisco Cerundolo who will make an ATP debut.

The Buenos Aires native has played only one pro match above the Futures level although he won four titles on the lowest-tier, including two so far in 2019.