Federico Delbonis is a history-maker when it comes to Argentine tennis. The 31-year-old has had a fine career so far, managing to finish in ATP’s top 100 male tennis players in the world consecutively for an incredible nine years. His mastery of the clay surface is something that is comparable to the greats of the game. Delbonis has taken part in four ATP finals so far and all of the have been on clay. The Argentine even emerged victorious in a couple of occassions. He also has victories over the likes of Andy Murray and Roger Federer on a clay surface. However, what makes Delbonis such a historic player in Argentina is his victory over Ivo Karlovic in the Davis Cup in 2016. It earned Argentina its first ever Davis Cup victory.
The Argentine competed in the first Masters 1000 event of 2016, the Indian Wells Masters. In the first round, he defeated Santiago Giraldo in straight sets. In the second round, he defeated 32nd seed Joo Sousa in straight sets. Delbonis defeated Andy Murray, the then second seed, in three sets in the third round, winning his most important match of his career. Delbonis’ victory was his third top-ten finish. He was eliminated in the fourth round by Gael Monfils, the 13th seed, in straight sets 3–6, 4–6. Delbonis then competed in the Miami Open in 2016. In the first round, he defeated wildcard Elias Ymer in three sets. He was knocked out in the second round by Grigor Dimitrov, the 26th seed.
Delbonis then competed in the 2016 Wimbledon Championships, the year’s third major. He faced Fabio Fognini in the first round and lost in a five-set thriller 4–6, 6–1, 7–6(7–3), 2–6, 3–6. Delbonis then played in the Davis Cup quarterfinals for Argentina against Italy. He clinched the tie 3–1 by defeating Andreas Seppi and Fabio Fognini in four sets each. He lost in five sets to Marin Cilic in the Davis Cup finals, but beat Ivo Karlovic in straight sets in the fifth and deciding rubber to give Argentina its first Davis Cup.
There is not much information regarding Delbonis’ wife Virginia Taccari. The couple tied the knot in 2019 and have two children, Celina and Mateo. As per an article on the official ATP website, the Argentine tennis player has always considered his family to be an essential part of his career.
“Federico Delbonis often describes himself as a ‘family man’. For a long time, the No. 51 player in the FedEx ATP Rankings has been used to having his wife Virginia by his side, along with his children, seven-year-old Celina, and Mateo, who is just two. The Argentine has always considered his family to be an essential presence in his ATP Tour career. After more than a decade on Tour, Delbonis happily combines his role as a tennis player with that of a father. There are frequent video calls, he helps out with all kinds of family activities and loves simply talking with his kids. At this stage of his life, these are moments that bring him immense joy,” reads the article.