Jewish-Argentinean tennis player Diego Schwartzman wins his first Association of Tennis Professionals tournament.
Schwartzman won the men’s singles title at the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open in Turkey on Sunday. With his first-time win, Schwartzman rose in the ATP rankings from 78 to 62, making him the current highest-ranking Jewish professional tennis player.
Schwartzman began playing tennis at the age of 7 in the Buenos Aires Jewish sports club Hacoaj.
He tells the ATP website that the fact that he and his family are proudly Jewish has brought him additional support from Jewish fans.
“I am Jewish and in Argentina, we have many Jewish [people] there, and all the people there know me… [They say], ‘Enjoy! Good luck this season. Come on, keep going!’” Schwartzman says in an interview.