The Argentine n. 144 in the world, winner of two Challengers in Italy this summer, spent too much time in Europe and was expelled after a night in handcuffs in Cologne. Landed at home, it tested positive
Bad adventure for the Argentine tennis player Tomas Etcheverry 144 of the FedEx ranking and protagonist in the Challengers of the Italian summer. Beaten at the Challenger in Banja Luka on September 11, the 22-year-old packed his bags and traveled to Poland where he was to play in Szczecin. His journey, however, turned into an ordeal.
In an interview with the newspaper El Dia de La Plata, Etcheverry, who played the Italian Challenger tournaments from May to August, also winning the title in Perugia and Trieste, said: “After playing the Banja Luka tournament, I would have moved to Poland to play at the Szczecin Challenger. I had to cross Germany. It was all normal until, at the airport, when they asked for my passport, they put me aside. Then two policemen arrived who explained to me that I had exceeded the limit of stay in EU countries and they had to expel “. Etcheverry was handcuffed and transferred to a police station in Cologne, where he remained in his cell for just over 24 hours. Warned of what had happened, the ATP executives intervened to try to resolve the issue: “I made a mistake unintentionally. They treated me well, but I felt like a criminal. As soon as they told me I was free, I took the first plane back to Argentina ”.
Once he arrived at his destination, the 22-year-old tested positive for Covid-19. “It was another surprise. During my stay in Europe and the United States they gave me countless swabs, all negative. They transferred me in a special taxi to a hotel in Buenos Aires, where I was isolated alone in a room for ten days ”. Now everything is over and Etcheverry is ready to return to the field in Buenos Aires.
October 14 – 11:32 pm
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