Jewish tennis player from Argentina takes first ATP title in Turkey


BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — Jewish-Argentine player Diego Schwartzman won his first Association of Tennis Professionals tournament and reached the finals of the doubles event.

Schwartzman captured the men’s singles title at the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open in Turkey on Sunday, upsetting second-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (4), 6-0 in the finals. Schwartzman was unseeded.

He and partner Andres Molteni, also an Argentine, lost in the doubles final to Dudi Sela, an Israeli, and Italian Flavio Cipolla.

With his singles’ victory, Schwartzman rose in the ATP rankings from 78 to 62, making him the highest-ranked Jewish player. His success in Turkey also sent him over the $1 million mark in earnings.

In beating Dimitrov, Schwartzman won 11 of the last 12 games.

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