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In his first ATP Tour match since February, Diego Schwartzman beat Casper Ruud at the Western & Southern Open.

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Who designs Diego Schwartzman’s shirts? It’s the talk of the tennis world.

The World No. 13 got social media abuzz on Sunday not only for his 7-6(2), 6-3 victory over Casper Ruud at the Western & Southern Open, but also his shirt choice – a mixture of pink, blue, yellow, orange and green tones!

“I really love the new shirt,” Schwartzman told the virtual press conference on Sunday. “It's 100 per cent different that [my clothing sponsor] is always trying to do… It was a nice change. I knew since the beginning of the year, but I was hoping to play at this tournament and to wear this shirt. So I'm very happy to be here and using the clothes.”

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Old habits die hard too, as Schwartzman waved to the crowd after his first-round victory. At this week’s Western & Southern Open, which has moved from its traditional home in Cincinnati to New York, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, there are no line judges or fans and the players have to pick up their own towels.

“Obviously it's a different feeling, going on court without people,” said Schwartzman. “But in the first set there were a few volunteers and a few friends, players and coaches watching the match.

“It was a very long wait [for the ATP Tour’s return]. We don't normally have to wait for five, six months to play tennis. It's always one month and a half, sometimes two months after November to play in Australia or some other tournament before Australia."

Schwartzman, who had been training on court for two months prior to arriving in New York, will next play Reilly Opelka in the second round at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, venue of the upcoming US Open.

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