It’s not the first time the Argentine has turned heads in Paris. On his debut in 2016, he ousted Marin Cilic in the first round, the sole top-10 win in his career, while last year he fought back from two sets down in his opening main-draw match to beat home hope Quentin Halys in five.
On both occasions, however, he was a matter of Metro stops from Stade Roland-Garros the night before the match, not the wrong side of the Pyrenees.
As Trungelliti tells it, however, he felt a professional courtesy to make the journey.
“It's an opportunity that you don't get very often. To be an alternate and then be the lucky loser is not something that happens very often. I could very well have come and there had been no retirement and I wouldn't have played. But these tournaments deserve for you to be ready.”
Not a fan of social media himself, it was Trungelliti’s wife and brother who broadcast the story to the world, updating his journey with a series of heartwarming selfies, and making his grandmother (above) a star in the process.
“She has no idea what tennis is, really,” Trungelliti said of his grandmother, who turns 89 next month. “She has no idea how to count [score]. And actually, she told me that she didn't know that it was the end of the match until everybody was clapping.”
For his next trick? Trungelliti wants to do what he has never done at a major before, and reach the third round by beating Italy’s Marco Cecchinato.