Diego Sebastián Schwartzman (born 16 August 1992) is an Argentine professional tennis player competing on the ATP Tour. He has won three ATP singles titles, and reached his career-high singles ranking of world No. 8 in October 2020. Schwartzman is Jewish, and is the son of Ricardo and Silvana Schwartzman. His Polish maternal great-grandfather was put on a train to a Nazi concentration camp.
About Diego Schwartzman in brief
Diego Sebastián Schwartzman (born 16 August 1992) is an Argentine professional tennis player competing on the ATP Tour. He has won three ATP singles titles, and reached his career-high singles ranking of world No. 8 in October 2020. Schwartzman is Jewish, and is the son of Ricardo and Silvana Schwartzman. During the Holocaust his Polish maternal great-grandfather was put on a train to a Nazi concentration camp. He and his siblings all attended Hebrew school and celebrated their bar and bat mitzvahs. As a youth, he played tennis at Club Náutico Hacoaj, a Jewish sport club in Buenos Aires that was established by and for Jews who were not allowed to join other sports clubs in the early 20th century. In the ATP Challenger Tour, he won four titles–at Aix-en-Provence, Prague, Campinas, and San Juan. At the end of 2014, Schwartzman’s best result of the season came at the Istanbul Open, where he reached the semifinals, beating former top-ten player Jürgen Melzer along the way. He also won his first-ever outdoor clay court title at the 2016 Istanbul Openan 250 clay court event. He is known as a clay court specialist, but actually prefers grass courts. He lost in the first round of the 2014 US Open to Novak Djokovic. In 2015, he faced tennis legend Roger Federer in the semis of the ATP World Tour Finals in London.
He apologized for his behavior during the first set of the final, coming back to win 6–0 in the final set after losing first set in a tie-break. He was also part of the Argentine Davis Cup Team, which reached the semifinal in 2015, but lost 7-5, 7-6 (7-4) against Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov. In 2016, he became the shortest man to reach a Grand Slam singles semi-final since the 5-foot-6-inch Harold Solomon at the 1980 French Open. In 2017, he was the shortest Grand Slam quarterfinalist since Jaime Yzaga. Schwartzman said: ‘It’s not just for the big guys here.’ He reached his first Masters final at the 2020 Italian Open, defeating defending champion Rafael Nadal in straight sets and Denis Shapovalov along the Way. In 2012 he won titles at the Peru F2 Futures, Argentina F11 Futures, Argentina F14 Futures and Argentina F20 Futures. In 2013 he won the Buenos Aires Challenger. In 2014, he reached his best ranking of No. 61 in the world. He reached the final of the 2015 Turkish Open, losing to former world number one Jürg Melzer. In 2018, he lost to world no. 1 Novak Dzhokovic in the semi-finals of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. He became the first player to reach his first Grand Slam semifinal at the French Open in more than 30 years.