A political dispute that dates back to the late 19th Century, Arica is a desert city that left Bolivia with no direct path to the sea. More specifically, Arica is the region where Cristian Garín grew up. Garín is the most promising Chilean tennis player of the decade. Yet, this was not an easy path to reach; he had to fight. The chances of succeeding in tennis and competing at the professional level coming from this small border city (11 kilometers from the border with Peru and two thousand kilometers from Santiago) was practically non-existent. This is why he chose to settle in Santiago, the capital of his country.
Garín went to the T1 academy in Santiago lead by tennis directors Marcos Colignon and Luis Guzmán. He had to deal with the move, the new customs and the prejudice from local citizens towards their inland compatriots. Nonetheless, the results came early: as a teenager, while representing Chile, he was the 2010 Junior World Cup Champion. Two years later, he was the youngest Chilean tennis player to make his Davis Cup debut (16 years and 119 days old) in the tie against Italy for the World Group playoff (he defeat Simone Bolelli). Months later, he was crowned the Roland Garros junior champion (he was also the doubles finalist pairing with Nico Jarry). This was an accomplishment that only Fernando González had achieved for his country (and only the seventh South American). After he defeated Dusan Lajović in straight sets in Viña del Mar, he became one of the youngest player to win an ATP match (16 years and 8 months old); this is a list filled with names like Felix Auger Aliassime (14 years and 11months old) and one Rafael Nadal (15 years and 3 months old).
In singles, he has won two ATP 250 titles (Houston and Munich, both in 2019), in addition to four Challenger. With these results, he has reached a career high ranking of No. 32 in the world just a couple of weeks ago. He has obtained outstanding triumphs on the ATP tour beating top 30 tennis players like Alexander Zverev, Diego Schwartzman, Sam Querrey, Marco Cecchinato, Pablo Cuevas, Denis Shapovalov, Leonardo Mayer, Martin Klizan and Jeremy Chardy, among others.
Garín has talent and a solid game from the baseline. In addition, he has a serve that is fit for today’s times. However, what stands out the most about him is his humility and his willingness to learn. Cristian Garín will put this on display while competing at the Abierto de Tennis Mifel presentado por Cinemex this summer.
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