The Davis Cup, as history has shown, frequently throws up big shocks and manages to blur the technical divide that separates the various athletes.
Following a weekend in which several national teams competed in World Group 1 and World Group 2, Diego Schwartzman had the unique opportunity to watch a lesser-known tennis player participate outside of the major circuit.
El Peque lost a devastating defeat (6-4, 6-3, ed) to 18-year-old Daniil Ostapenkov in the David Cup match between Argentina and Belarus. The Belarussian is now ranked 63rd in the ITF junior rankings and has never played on the ATP Tour.
“I have never been able to find the keys to the match. He played perfectly. His serve and his forehand have put me in a lot of trouble. I also think it was one of the worst matches of my career,” said Schwartzman.
Schwartzman faces insults
Unfortunately, in this day and age of social media, the Argentinian has received a lot of backlash for his fantastic performance, and he couldn’t help but denounce this kind of mindset; a mentality that has no place in the world of sport.
Argentina, as we all know, came out on top against Belarus and won the match.
“It was really hard, because people treat you very badly when you lose,” Schwartzman explained. “I often make mistakes, but I’m the first to acknowledge my faults.
“I always try to go back and do my best. Saturday was one of the worst days of my career, clearly. From social media came insults, threats and indignation of any kind, and it hurts. These bad criticisms are the only negative thing about social media,” he said, as reported in Tennis World USA.
Schwartzman then made the bold decision to duplicate and expose his ideas without fear. In his career, the Argentinian has won four ATP titles from eleven final appearances, eight Challenger titles, and seven Futures.
He reached the semifinals of the Grand Slam trials at Roland Garros in 2020. On the ATP rankings, he was ranked 8th in singles on October 12, 2020, and 41st in doubles on January 6, 2020.