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Cerundolo First South American To Qualify For ATP Season Tennis Finale

05/11/21

- Grant Whittington

Argentina’s Juan Manuel Cerundolo made history when he became the first South American to qualify for the Next Gen ATP Finals in the history of the tournament. The tennis tournament finals are to be held at Milan’s Allianz Cloud from 9 to 13 November. Tennis betting fans cannot wait to see what the match brings.

Cerundolo’s qualification for the 21-and-under season finale followed the withdrawal of Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime from the Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals. Auger-Aliassime is scheduled to play in the Stockholm Open, and he still may play in the Nitto ATP Finals to be held in Turin. He is in the 12th spot in the FedEx ATP Race to Turin, which is one place away from an alternate position.

Cerundolo’s Breakthrough Season

The 2021 tennis season has been an impressive breakthrough one for Cerundolo. At the start of the year, the 19-year-old tennis player was only just within the FedEx ATP Rankings’ Top 400. He went onwards and upwards from there. He won his first tour-level title as a qualifier when he emerged victorious against Albert Ramos-Vinolas at February’s Cordoba Open.

Speaking to a journalist shortly after his Cordoba win, Cerundolo said that he never imagined he would win in the city. He added that not thinking he could win may have given him the edge, as he did not feel anxious about the match. Tennis betting sites have taken note of his performance and oddsmakers are watching the rising star closely. 

Cerundolo won his first challenger title at the 2021 Garden Open II Challenger in Rome in May, and his victory against Flavio Cobolli took him to a ranking of World No. 152 in singles. Two weeks later, his prowess took his ranking to World No. 146. The ATP Challenger Tour saw Cerundolo go on to win two more titles on the tour. He defeated Gian Marco Moroni in Como and Nikola Milojevic in Banja Luka.

This year also saw Cerundolo win eight matches in a row at the ATP 250. It’s not surprising that, in the first week of November, his tennis ranking rose to a career-high World No. 85.

A Family Tradition

Cerundolo, a Buenos Aires native, is more than able to continue his family’s fine sporting tradition. His father Alejandro was a professional tennis player in the 1980s. Alejandro’s talents obviously rubbed off on his sons, as his first son, Francisco, also plays on the ATP Tour. For tennis betting site’s fans, its certainly a family affair, with plenty of action guaranteed.

While you won’t see Cerundolo’s sister, Maria Constanza, on the courts, you can see her on the hockey field. She was a member of Argentina’s field hockey team that won a gold medal at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games held in Buenos Aires.

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