Argentina’s Díaz Acosta wins tennis men’s singles gold at Pan American Games

The Argentine beat Chilean Tomás Barrios 6-3 and 7-6 to get Argentina’s third gold in Santiago 2023

Argentine tennis player Facundo Díaz Acosta won the gold medal at the Santiago de Chile 2023 Pan American Games on Sunday. The 22-year-old, who’s ranked 107 in the ATP singles ranking, beat Chilean Tomás Barrios 6-3 and 7-6, to achieve Argentina’s third gold medal in the games.

Díaz Acosta reached the final after winning his debut against Venezuelan Brandon Pérez (6-2 and 6-1), then going on to beat Colombian Adria Soriano in the round of 16 (6-2 and 6-4), Mexican Ernesto Escobedo in the quarterfinals (6-3, 6-7 and 6-1) and Brazilian Gustavo Heide in the semifinals (4-6, 6-4 and 7-6).

“What a week! I’m thrilled,” said Díaz Acosta after the victory. “Winning the gold was my objective so I’m extremely happy. Now I’ll celebrate but tomorrow I have to leave because I’ve got another tournament to play”.

The La Lucila native beat Barrios after 2 hours and 11 minutes of play to earn Argentina’s third gold of the games. Kai Ditsch and Eugenia de Armas won gold at men’s and women’s wakeboard, respectively.

This is Diaz Acosta’s second medal in the Pan American Games, having also won the bronze in mixed doubles with Martina Capurro. He’d previously won gold in men’s doubles and silver in singles at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games, and gold in singles and a bronze in doubles during the Asunción 2022 South American Games.

Argentine tennis added three medals to its games tally this Sunday. María Lourdes Carlé won silver after losing the women’s singles final against Brazilian Laura Pigossi 2-6 and 3-6. Meanwhile, Julia Riera beat Canadian Rebecca Marino 3-6, 6-4 and 6-1 to get bronze. They had already won bronze in the women’s doubles together, defeating Chileans Alexa Guarachi and Fernanda Labraña 6-3 and 6-3 on Saturday.

Díaz Acosta and Carlé will classify for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games provided they finish within the top 400 positions in the rankings and among the top four Argentines by the closing date of June 10.

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