Five years have passed since the first Davis Cup series under Nicolás Massú. It was a 3-2 defeat to Barbados, with a Chilean team that was presented with a completely renewed formation.
At 17, Christian Garin was the one who had more experience representing the country, since he had already added three disputed clashes.
In 2012, in the recapture against Italy, Belus Prajoux, the captain of the season, made his debut. "I was 16 when I played against Bolelli, and we had to start firing on the fireplace and both Garin and Jarry were in the top 10 juniors and with a game of great projection," says the coach, who in 2013 gave him chance to debut Nico in front of the Dominican Republic. Years earlier, he also called Marcelo Ríos for the first time.
Today, Garin and Jarry enjoy another status on the circuit and hope to ratify it in the Davis Cup. The series against Austria in Salzburg is presented as an ideal to erase the sad memories of the defeats against Colombia and Argentina in recent years. Without Dominic Thiem on the spot, the Chilean team appears as a favorite, precisely because of the experience accumulated by Prince and Tank.
Paul Capdeville, who in his last stage coincided with the two promises, remembers how they were the beginnings of both. "In the case of Christian, we all saw that he had great potential against Ecuador, he was on the verge of winning, but the game started and after that generated enough doubts in the following clashes, but now it looks very good," says ex- number 76 in the world.
In the case of Jarry, the native Vitacura says that "from the beginning he hit hard and gave him a little rhythm." He has matured his game, now he is a much more complete player with several big slams in his body and he has been in very high instances in the ATP tournaments, which gives him another baggage against Austria. "
On what happens against the Europeans, Capdeville sees good chances. "Yes, I think visiting is always difficult and not so good to be a favorite, but it's part of learning," he says.
Already with 13 sets in the body, in the case of Garin, and nine in Jarry, expectations are very different from when they started.
"In terms of evolution, both have already entered the world elite, obviously with some delays, Jarry's case was meteoric, while Christian dealt with the times and took a little longer," says Mario Soto, Nico's PF, who worked with Tank at the beginning of the circuit.
From the physical point of view, the coach highlights the conditions that have developed: "Christian has always had the potential, great strength, speed and ability to anticipate the moves." Nico, on the other hand, has great coordination and is very successful with feet by hitting the ball. In addition, he has gained in stamina thanks to ATP circuit games. "
Soto does not hesitate when it comes to favoritism. "It's going to be a very good year for Chilean tennis," he says. "It's going to be a very good year for Chilean tennis," he said.
Starting at 11am (Chile), a new page in the history of Chilean tennis will begin to be written, where Jarry and Garin have an unbeatable possibility to realize the initial dream of arriving at the November party, where the best will be.