A long road
A breakout year of junior success followed and he was called up as a hitting partner for Roger Federer, Daniil Medvedev and Rafael Nadal at the ATP Finals.
While his peers and compatriots Sebastian Baez and Juan Manuel Cerundolo went on to crack the top 100 in the years that followed, Tirante’s progress was more gradual.
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Less than two weeks ago, the 22-year-old was at a Challenger event in Tunisia, desperate to rediscover the form that carried him to a Challenger level title on hard courts in Mexico last month.
It was a short trip to Tunis; he was humbled in the second round by Aziz Dougaz, a 26-year-old local wildcard ranked No.220 in the world.
“I played with tough conditions with wind in Tunisia and the people supporting the other side because I lost against a local guy,” Tirante said.
“I mean this was just one match but I knew that I'm playing good and I came here with another mentality.”