Jewish tennis star Diego Schwartzman loses in European Open final
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Jewish tennis star Diego Schwartzman loses in European Open final

Diego Schwartzman

Diego Schwartzman practicing in Buenos Aires, Feb. 1, 2017. (Gabriel Rossi/LatinContent/Getty Images)

(JTA) — Argentina tennis star Diego Schwartzman lost in the final of the European Open in Antwerp, Belgium.

Jo-Wilfred Tsonga of France upended Schwartzman, 25, in Sunday’s championship match, 6-3, 7-5.

It was Schwartzman’s third career final. His only win in an Association of Tennis Professionals tournament came in May 2016 at the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open in Turkey. He lost in the European Open final in Antwerp last year to another Frenchman, Richard Gasquet.

This season has been the best of Schwartzman’s professional tennis career, and he has moved up to 26th in the world rankings from 52nd at the end of last year.

He also reached the third round of the French Open, the first time he did so in a Grand Slam tournament, and notched a win against Marin Cilic, ranked fourth in the world, at the U.S. Open. He defeated Dominic Thiem, another top 10 player, in Canada.

Schwartzman was raised in a Jewish family in Buenos Aires and started to play tennis  at the Jewish sports club Hacoaj.