Argentine Gustavo Fernandez continues the story of adapted tennis: this Sunday he was consecrated for the first time in Wimbledon, finally defeating the Japanese Shingo Kunieda 4-6, 6-3 and 6-2.
The circumference is small. But the glory is gigantic. Shingo Kunieda, Japanese, for what Federer says in a wheelchair. For something, in history, I was 22-7 above Cordovana. But … Gustavo Fernández was concentrated. On the Wimbledon lawn. Taking the third Grand Slam of the season. He did it in Australia. He did it in France. On this Sunday of July he did it again in England. Will you be encouraged to do so in the fourth year in the United States?
The answer would be greater than the whole of England, which within a few meters of its dedication enjoyed the world outside the finale between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. In court 3, Río Tercero, a son of basketball player Gustavo Ismael Fernández (from whom he adopted the pseudonym Lobito), wrote the next page of history.
The hand began to get complicated. Kunieda, the same one who won the finals at Wimbledon in 2017 and 2018, stayed at the first set 6-4.
However, the good memory of Roland Garros raised him (there he won in straight sets to Asia). Lobito changed the taboo to 6-3 and 6-2 to complete two hours and two minutes of the most fantastic games.
In this case and after winning the title of Wimbledon in doubles in 2015 (together with the Frenchman Nicolas Peifer), Fernandez remained with the title of singles and a very expected additional song: for the third time in his career 1 in the ranking he found himself in his possession again.
"I did not even dream about it. It is very difficult to sacrifice here. Only my team knows how hard I worked to achieve this. It means a lot to me and it is difficult to express it in words – Fernandez said with great emotion.
On the other hand, he did not hesitate to praise the Japanese who were his executioner and kidnapped I. "I want to congratulate him, I grew up watching him play, I was inspired by the passion and luxury to share with him" – he assured. Finally, before receiving the trophy and the audience's ovation, he told how he had experienced this unforgettable finale.
"Physically it was a very difficult match, but mentally it was much more. I had to get used to this intensity and fortunately he managed to win. "In addition to this consecration at Wimbledon, previous important titles won in Australia (2017 and 2019) and Roland Garros (2016 and 2019).