Diego Hartfield Bio

  • Began playing tennis at age five
  • Has been nicknamed “Gato” (Cat) since he was a kid – which is the same nickname of countryman Gaston Gaudio
  • Father, Ernesto, is a dentist; mother, Susana, is a teacher
  • Has one brother, Guillermo, and two sisters, Tany and Cybil
  • No idols growing up, but followed Sampras and Rafter
  • Now follows Gaudio and was “really happy” when Gaudio won Roland Garros in 2004
  • Good friend of fellow ATP pro Jose Acasuso
  • Grew up swimming and playing basketball as well as tennis at Obera Tennis Club
  • At 14, took a bus 100 km to Posados to train with Acasuso and two years later moved to Buenos Aires and played Futures events for two years
  • In 2002, the Argentine dollar devalued which caused him hard times
  • At 22, he spent four months in Italy and Germany at clubs
  • He came with just $500, and had to stay with families and at cheap hotels
  • It was hard for him to be away from his family, but he is proud to have done it
  • His objectives for 2006 were to travel with his coaches and physical trainer – coached by Hernan Suarez and Oscar Rodriguez
  • Also works with fitness trainer Daniel Nizzero.
Biographical information from ATP. Unless noted otherwise all data as of year-end 2013.

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