Diego Schwartzman explains how much playing for Argentina means to him

Top-ranked Argentine tennis player Diego Schwartzman is extremely excited about starting his season at the ATP Cup.

“It’s very nice to start the year playing the ATP Cup. It’s a team tournament, playing for Argentina,” Schwartzman said, per the ATP Cup website. “I think everyone here who is [on] the team wants to be here and play for Argentina. Under the flag, everything is different.”

Schwartzman, 29, is set to make his third consecutive appearace at the ATP Cup as he represented Argentina in each of the first two tournament editions. 

“I really like Sydney. I [played] very good matches here. Obviously [the] ATP Cup, it’s very tough, because every year the best teams in the world qualify,” Schwartzman said. “It’s going to be tough, [a] good challenge, and I think it’s the best preparation for everyone who plays before [the] Australian Open.”

Schwartzman speaks on the team atmosphere

“We enjoy a lot when we can share moments, playing as a team, it’s totally different than all the year,” Schwartzman said. “So every moment obviously is totally different for us, playing as a team, staying in the matches every time no matter if you lose or if you win, because you have to stay.

“It’s a team match, so every moment it’s different and we are trying always to enjoy and be ready for the team no matter if you lose or if you win.”

Meanwhile, world No. 44 Federico Delbonis is very excited about making his ATP Cup debut. 

“I am very excited to be here of course. In the past few years I skipped a couple of Davis Cup [ties]. I didn’t have the opportunity to play here, and always enjoy playing [on] a team,” Delbonis said. “And now to do it again for me is a big, big challenge and I want to do it the best as possible to try to help the team.”

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