Former world No. 20 Guido Pella, 29, once thought he may never win a match on grass. Pella, now ranked at No. 35 in the world, won his first main draw match on grass in 2018, when he beat John Millman in the Stuttgart first round.
After the Millman win, Pella continued to perform well throughout the 2018 grass season. The 29-year-old made the Stuttgart quarterfinal before losing to Roger Federer and also had a solid run at Wimbledon, where he made the third round.
Then last year, Pella became one of the biggest surprises of the 2019 Wimbledon edition when he made the quarterfinal. The Argentine stunned 2018 Wimbledon runner-up Kevin Anderson in the third round, before he defeated 2016 Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic in the round-of-16.
Pella's notable 2019 Wimbledon came to an end after a four-set loss suffered to Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut. "Wimbledon is the most special tournament," Pella said on Instagram Live, as revealed by Jose Morgado. "Years ago I thought I would never win a match on grass.
And in 2019 I reached the quarterfinal. And my draw was horrible for a top 25 player: Anderson, Raonic..." Unfortunately, Wimbledon won't be staged this year after the tournament got cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The ATP still hopes the US Open will start in time and the French Open will kick off at a new date in September. Rescheduling Wimbledon to a later date was almost impossible and the tournament organizers decided to call off the event.