The Rio Open presented by Claro has confirmed another top 20 player for the 2020 edition. Argentine Diego Schwartzman, World No.14 and champion of the tournament in 2018 will return to Rio alongside Dominic Thiem, the fourth best player in the world, and Croat Borna Coric. The event will take place between the 15th and the 23rd of February at the Jockey Club Brasileiro. Tickets go on sale on December 2nd.
The Argentine had a great season in 2019. Some of the highlights were the US Open quarterfinals after defeating Alexander Zverev, his third career title in Los Cabos, Mexico, and his first Masters 1000 semifinal in Rome. Schwartzman also was a runner-up in Buenos Aires and Vienna, ending the season as the best South American of the tour and in the top 15.
Schwartzman has played in all editions of the Rio Open. He won the tournament in 2018, beating Gael Monfils and Fernando Verdasco on the way to the title. A few months later, he reached his best career ranking, World No.11. “I am very happy to comeback to Rio. Rio Open is a very special tournament for me, where I always feel good and play my best. The 2018 title gave the confidence to make a leap in my career. I’ve had two great seasons ever since. I hope to repeat this success and give back the love of the Brazilian audience”, he said.
The complete line-up of the Rio Open will be revealed in January, after all players are able to commit. “It’s a privilege for the Rio Open to be able to have another great name for 2020. Schwartzman has played a great season, he was one of the big names of the US Open and it’s consolidated in the top 15. Besides all of this, he is one of the favorite players of the carioca crowd”, said Luiz Carvalho, Tournament Director.