After decades, finally the spotlight is back on the Mexican tennis and it points to a 16-year-old young player, his name: Rodrigo Pacheco.
Despite his young age, from now on the young player, ranked 16th in the ITF Junior ranking, has many expectations and dreams, from the fans, that Mexico will once again have a player in the Top 100 of the ATP.
In this Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC, the young player came to the qualy with a wilcard. During his only game, he won the first set against the American Denis Kudla, in which it was his first participation in a professional tournament. Pacheco, lost (6-4, 4-6 and 1-6) but in the end he gained experience.
Meanwhile, the experienced Mexican players Hans Hach Verdugo (doubles), who will play the semifinals in Acapulco, and Santiago González, who was eliminated in the quarterfinals, spoke about Pacheco’s future.
“He is an incredible kid, he hits the ball very hard, I wish him the best and I hope that, together, we can help him, I think he will have a good future,” Hach Verdugo told media.
Meanwhile, González welcomed him and his potential in tennis.
“It’s been a long time since we had a young talent with that level, we hope that he can keep moving forward towards a good path, and that he can improve his tennis, we need a player for singles in Mexico and hopefully he will get what we all want: a Mexican in the top 100 in the world,” said González.
Pacheco has surprised everyone in this season when he reached the quarterfinals in the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the season which helped him earn the invitation to Acapulco.
For the Director of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC, Raúl Zurutuza, Pacheco, born in the state of Yucatán in 2005 and trained by Alain Lemaitre, “is one of the great promises of the Mexican tennis, and we followed the philosophy of bringing players under 25 years old and we have Pacheco a wildcard. Rodrigo is at a very good age to start”