After the explosion of Rosario at Roland Garros, Argentine women’s tennis is excited about the chance to receive a WTA contest.
Long before the Nadia Podoroska explosion at Roland Garros, in a Buenos Aires office, the steps had begun for our country to host a W60. That is, a $ 60,000 tournament belonging to the women’s circuit of the International Tennis Federation. But the times were advanced by the semifinals reached by Rosario in Paris and its corresponding (and strong) media coverage. That is why today the efforts that he leads Martin Jaite are advanced and the former top ten and man of tennis, the company that also organizes the ATP of Buenos Aires, hopes that there will be a women’s tournament on brick dust in Argentina. However, the bet is on a big circuit tournament.
The idea is that it is 125 thousand dollars. Below the International and above the ITF; but, after all, an official WTA. Expectations are set in late November when the WTA makes its 2021 calendar official, which will surely be conditioned by the coronavirus pandemic that affects the world.
“From Nadia’s gold medal in the Pan American Games, we noticed a mini domino effect in the Argentine girls, who were encouraged to travel more and win. Until the beginning of the year we were talking to the WTA and then the pandemic stopped everything. But after Roland Garros we got in touch again and now we continue to advance at least so that the tournament can be played in 2021. Our idea is to test to see if the Ericsson Cup experience can be repeated ”, Jaite said in reference to that tour South American challengers that was played between 1997 and 2001 and served as an impetus for several members of the best generation of national tennis.
As in South America women do not have a slow court tour like the men’s circuit in February, the idea is that the tournament will be played in September with a series of smaller competitions in neighboring countries that would act as satellites.
There is a new reality in Argentine women’s tennis. The Podoroska wind is blowing hard.