Qualifying to the seventh edition of the Rio Open presented by Claro starts this Saturday at Jockey Club Brasileiro with 16 players hoping to reach the last four spots to the ATP main event beginning this Monday.
The qualifying event includes two rounds played at 4pm (local time) this Saturday and Sunday. Entry for the matches during the weekend is free for the public.
Four Brazilian players will try to secure a spot at the main draw of the only ATP 500 event in the country. Amongst the top seeded at the 2020 edition of the carioca tournament are Austrian Dominic Thiem, number four in the world and runner up of the Australian Open, Argentinian Diego Schwartzman, Croatian Borna Coric and Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.
João Menezes, Mateus Alves, Pedro Boscardin and Orlando Luz are the local players looking for a place at the main draw. Menezes, Alves and Boscardin received wild cards while Luz was the last one to earn a spot at the qualifying after Argentinian Facundo Bagnis withdrew.
Menezes, currently ranked number 176 in the world, will take on Italian Federico Gaio at the first round, this Saturday. Alves, 19, who’s playing the qualifying in Rio for the second time, faces Spaniard Pedro Martinez.
Boscardin, 17, who plays at Team Guga, a squad supported by former Brazilian star and number one in the world, Gustavo Kuerten, will take on Jozef Kovalik from Slovakia.
Luz, 22, played the qualifying in 2016 and 2017 and this Saturday faces Hungarian Attila Balazs.
Also trying a spot at the main draw of the Rio Open is Andrej Martin, from Slovakia, currently ranked 93 in the world and top seeded at the qualifying draw in Rio.
Martin made it to the semifinals of the Cordoba Open, in Argentina, earlier this month and this Saturday he will face fellow countrymate Filip Horansky at the first round of the qualifying.
2020 Rio Open Qualilfying Draw Entries: Salvatore Caruso (ITA), Andrej Martin (SVK), Attila Balazs (HUN), Gianluca Mager (ITA), Federico Coria (ARG), Facundo Bagnis (ARG), Jozef Kovalik (SVK), Pedro Sousa (POR), Alessandro Giannessi (ITA), Federico Gaio (ITA), Pedro Martinez (ESP), João Menezes (BRA), Pedro Boscardin (BRA), Mateus Alves (BRA), Filip Horansky (SVK) and João Domingues (POR)