Top-ranked Argentine tennis player Diego Schwartzman says he has a good relationship with fellow compatriot Juan Martin del Potro and he is sorry to see the 2009 US Open champion struggling with injuries. Del Potro, 32, captured his maiden Grand Slam title very early in his career -- was one of the most talented and promising players from his generation -- but he has never been able to stay injury-free for a longer period of time and it had a huge impact on his career.
Del Potro, who had an outstanding 2018 season before fracturing his kneecap at the Shanghai Masters, re-injured his troublesome knee at the Queen's Club in June 2019 and he hasn't played since. "He (Del Potro)’s always sending me messages when when I’m doing well,” Schwartzman told Tennis Majors.
“We have a good relationship. We are friends from the tour. It’s sad that he has a lot of injuries. When I started to play better we didn’t share a lot of good tournaments. But the guy who really, really helped me my career, the former players who are (Mariano) Zabaleta and (Juan) Monaco, they are like my big brothers.
When I when I was 15, they started helping me, we did a lot of pre-seasons, practice, advice from them to me. So these two guys helped me a lot in my career”.
Schwartzman says football still No. 1 sport in Argentina
Argentine athletes have had success on the ATP and WTA Tour but still football remains the top sport in Argentina, according to world No.
9 Schwartzman. "It’s still a big, big sport,” Schwartzman said. “I think football is is the first one. And then you have a lot of sports, not football. I think tennis, it’s one of the first after football and maybe you have rugby, girls’ hockey and a few more sports, like are really popular.
But, you know, Argentinian people like to do sports, like to watch professional sports. We are really passionate people. I think it’s really tough to start a tennis career because of the expensive conditions, because we are really far, but we have many, many people every year starting tennis”.
Schwartzman, who reached a career-high ranking of No. 8 this season, also admitted that just two months ago he didn't think about playing the Nitto ATP Finals but now he is London and set for his maiden appearance at The O2 Arena.