Argentina-Chile almost 20 years of the 'series of the Sillazos'

In the year 2000, in a Davis Cup series that faced both, one of the blackest memories in the history of the competition was lived.

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The rivalry between Argentina and Chile is historic. South American neighbors have experienced political, social or even military clashes. And that antagonism is constant in sport. Whenever they face each other, no matter the discipline, duels are accompanied by a strong emotional charge that makes them excessively hot.

In the year 2000, in a Davis Cup series that faced both, one of the blackest memories in the history of the competition was lived. The Chilean team received the Argentine in Santiago for the semifinals of the American zone. The locals, wanting revenge for a defeat in a football match that had been played days before between the two countries, created an atmosphere of hell for Argentina. Everything lost consciousness when they started throwing objects from the stands. What at first were plugs, became bottles and ended up being chairs. Even the father of one of the players had to be treated with 20 stitches in the head after receiving an impact. The match was suspended and the visiting team had to leave the court escorted by the police. Argentina decided not to play a series that ended up being known as "the one with the slashes", and was eliminated from the competition by the ITF.

Some of the players who lived that are present in these Finals of the new Davis Cup. Nicolás Massú, current captain of Chile, played that game to forget against Mariano Zabaleta, president of the Argentine Tennis Association. There was also Marcelo Rios, Massú's current assistant in Chile.



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