Being the shortest player in the world’s top 100 has not stopped Diego Schwartzman from reaching impressive heights. The 170-centimeter Argentine is one of the tour’s most improved players and now set to make his Laver Cup debut. Having made the fourth round or better at three of the past four Grand Slams, the 25-year-old has established his place among the game’s best.
Tennis is Schwartzman’s favorite sport – but football is a close second. Named after Argentine football star Diego Maradona, the Schwartzman family sold rubber bracelets with names and logos of popular football teams on them to help fund Diego’s junior career. Playing football remains one of his hobbies. His nickname is ‘Peque’, which translates to ‘the short one’ in Spanish.
Schwartzman enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2017, making his top-50 debut and reaching his first Grand Slam quarterfinal at the US Open. His ranking peaked at No.11 after a quarterfinal run at Roland Garros this year, where he was the only player to win a set against eventual champion Rafael Nadal. He boasts wins against Marin Cilic, Kevin Anderson and Dominic Thiem.
Winner: Rio de Janeiro
QF: Roland Garros, Buenos Aires
4R: Australian Open