The Rio Open presented by Claro will have once again two top 10 players in its line-up. In 2020, in addition to World No.4 Dominic Thiem, the Brazilian tournament will welcome for the first time World No.8 Matteo Berrettini, from Italy. One of the breakthrough players of the year, Berretttini joins Diego Schwartzman and Borna Coric in the seventh edition of the biggest tennis tournament in South America, in February 15-23 at the Jockey Club Brasileiro. Tickets go on sale on December 2nd on tudus.com.br.
The 23 year-old Berrettini started the year at World No.54. He won the Budapest and Stuttgart tournaments and then made the US Open semifinals. He became the first Italian in 40 years to reach this stage in the tournament, beating Gael Monfils and Andrey Rublev on the way. Berrettini also qualified for the ATP Finals for the first time and finished the year among the elite of the ATP.
Grandson of a Brazilian woman, Berrettini will play for the first time in Brazil as a professional. With a powerful game in his favorite surface, the Italian expects a good campaign in Rio. “I am incredibly happy to play in Brazil for the first time. I have heard so many great things about Rio and I cannot wait to experience how it is like to play there. I have grandmother who was born in Brazil and that makes me a little Brazilian as well. I hope I can get the support of the crowd and go far in the tournament”, said Berrettini.
“We fought a lot to get another top 10 player for 2020. Matteo is one of the new guys who has been challenging the Big 3. I saw him play live for the first time in London at the ATP Finals and I was so impressed with his power. He had such a consistent year, starting the year as 54th in the rankings and finishing 8th. I hope the fans will enjoy another great news”, said Luiz Carvalho, Tournament Director.
The complete line-up of the Rio Open will be revealed in January.