Tennis Player Profile: Federico Delbonis an Upcoming Star from Argentina
Many tennis players have come from Argentina and Brazil. The latest to make a mark is Federico Delbonis. He is a two handed back hand player who is full of energy on the court. Delbonis was born in Azul in Argentina in 1990. Presently he is 23 years old. Azul is a small town 300 km south east of Buenos Aires with a population of just 63000.
Delbonis started playing tennis from a very young age. In fact he got addicted to tennis from the age of 7. Much of the credit for this must go to his father Horacio Delbonis. His father was an active sportsman and had played for a professional football team as a goal keeper. The love for sports of the father rubbed on to the young Delbonis. After leaving professional football, his father started selling hair products as a distributor.
Federico’s mother is a social assistant. He has one brother Alfredo and a sister Felicitas who are both students. Both are younger to him. Federico is a sort of mini linguist and speaks both Spanish and English. In addition to tennis the young Delbonis is fairly interested in football and like all youngsters’, movies and hanging out with friends.
Delbonis has a natural flair for tennis. In addition he has tremendous zeal and enthusiasm for the game which he adores. In his younger days his favourite tennis star was Bjorn Borg and he resolved to be the number one player in the world in tennis.
Delbonis was lucky as seeing his potential he was sponsored by industrial houses and became a professional tennis player in 2007. This gave him the opportunity to go out of Argentina and he chose to practice in addition to Azul at Barcelona as well.
Delbonis is coached by Gustavo Tavernini. He started his professional career with a splash by winning the 2009, Guatemala F1 Futures: Manerbio Challenge championship. This win also catapulted his singles ranking by the ATP to 842. His ranking in 2007 was 1142 when he had turned professional. His ranking rose to 195 in 2009 and 160 in 2010. This was the year he won the Rome Challenger (CL) title. It was clear at that stage that a new star was on the horizon.
Delbonis showed his mettle by earning five Challenger and Future titles from the time he turned professional till 2013. He followed up by qualifying for the 2013 International German open. In this tournament he did particularly well and in the semi final beat the great Roger Federer. It was the biggest win of his career. He finished runner up losing to Fabio Foginini in the final. All in all it was a great achievement. It should not be forgotten that even in the final he had a 4-1 lead before squandering it away. His performance at this tournament raised his ranking to above 100 for the first time in his career.
Delbonis is presently ranked 57 in the ATP rankings. This is a feather in his cap and portends an exciting future for the young Argentina star. The world will hear more about him in the years to come.