17-year-old Fonseca comments about dismissing Fils in Rio de Janeiro

João Fonseca, a 17-year-old Brazilian tennis prodigy, became the first player born in 2006 to win a match on the ATP Tour at the Rio Open.

Joao Fonseca

In a stunning upset at the Rio Open, 17-year-old João Fonseca claimed victory over Arthur Fils, marking his rightful place in the world of professional tennis. This victory was not just a personal triumph for Fonseca, but also a historic moment as he became the first player born in 2006 to win a match on the ATP Tour.

Fonseca, a Brazilian tennis prodigy, faced off against the seventh-seeded Fils in a match that was nothing short of spectacular. Despite being a newcomer, Fonseca displayed a level of skill and composure that belied his age. He dominated the match with his powerful forehand, earning break points in six of Fils’ eight service games and breaking four times during his commanding 6-0, 6-4 win.

The victory was even more remarkable considering the caliber of his opponent. Fils, a French tennis player, has been regarded as one of the sport’s most promising talents and was named the Newcomer of the Year in the 2023 ATP Awards. However, Fonseca’s performance proved that he was more than capable of holding his own against seasoned players.

After the match, an emotional Fonseca fell to his knees on the court, overwhelmed by his achievement. “This is where I belong. I want to be in these huge stadiums,” he said, reflecting his ambition and determination to reach the pinnacle of the sport.

Fonseca’s victory has brought a new energy to the local fans and the tennis world at large. His success serves as a testament to his talent and hard work, and it also signals the arrival of a new generation of tennis players ready to make their mark on the sport.

As Fonseca continues his journey in professional tennis, his focus remains on improving his game and achieving greater heights. “The last few months I was so focused on my progress and this is the result. I am a lot more mature and this is where I belong,” he said.

With this historic win, Fonseca has not only made a name for himself but also inspired countless young players around the world. His story is a reminder that with passion, dedication, and hard work, anyone can achieve their dreams, no matter how big they may seem.

Fonseca in Rio De Janeiro, ranking, and results in 2024

Joao Fonseca

5 - 3win/loss

17 year old
2024 Highlights

Currently the world no.655, Joao has achieved a composed 4-3 win-loss record in 2024. Joao is now having a run in Rio De Janeiro where he overcame the world no.36 Arthur Fils 6-0 6-4.

Joao Fonseca will face the world no.88 Christian Garin in the 2nd round on Thursday at 9:30 pm on QUADRA GUGA KUERTEN. In the past, they have never competed against each other until now in top events.

Rio De Janeiro
Fonseca's Record

Arthur Fils in 2024

Arthur Fils

6 - 5win/loss

19 year old
2024 Highlights

Ranked no.36, the French player played his last match on the 21st of February when he surrendered to world no.655 Joao Fonseca 6-0 6-4 in the 1st round in Rio De Janeiro (draw).

This season the French player has a 6-5 record. Arthur Fils’s best accomplishment of the present season was getting to the semifinal in Auckland.

Rio De Janeiro
Fils's Record

Joao Fonseca and Arthur Fils squared off just on 1 occasion. Their current record is 1-0 for Fonseca. When they played, Joao Fonseca won 6-0 6-4 in the 1st round in Rio de Janeiro (Rio Open) on the 21st of February 2024.

In the following video you can watch the key moments of their match.