Tennis in Italy

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Matteo Berrettini current Italian best in ATP Rankings.

Tennis in Italy is the 6th sport, with 1,298,000 people, by number of practitioners.[1]

History[edit]

The five successes of Italian tennis player in the Grand Slam tournament regards Nicola Pietrangeli (1959 French Championships and 1960 French Championships), Adriano Panatta (1976 French Open), Francesca Schiavone (2010 French Open) and Flavia Pennetta (2015 US Open).

Also the Italy Davis Cup team won 1976 Davis Cup and Italy Fed Cup team four times the Fed Cup (2006, 2009, 2010, 2013).

Women's tennis in particular has seen tremendous successes in the 21st century, with the advent of Francesca Schiavone, Sara Errani, Flavia Pennetta and Roberta Vinci. All these four women reached the Top 10 of the WTA rankings in both singles and doubles (with Schiavone and Errani reaching the top 5 in singles and Pennetta, Errani and Vinci reaching No 1 in doubles) and reached Grand Slam finals in both disciplines. Schiavone and Pennetta won singles Grand Slam titles, while Pennetta, Errani and Vinci won doubles Grand Slam titles, with Errani and Vinci achieving the Career Grand Slam in doubles as a pair. They were also responsible for Italy's 4 Fed Cup victories as members of the national Fed Cup team.

During COVID crisis, the Director of the Corriere della Sera Aldo Cazzullo criticized the choice of Jannik Sinner (and other young tennis players such as Matteo Berrettini and Lorenzo Musetti) to move their residency to Monaco for financial benefits.[2]

Players best ranking[edit]

In this table only those who have reached the top 20 in the world ranking.

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Updated to 1 february 2021. Data refer to the Open Era (from 1968).[3]

Men[edit]

# Player Rank Period Grand Slam best ATP wins
1 Adriano Panatta 4 24 August 1976 Win 1976 French Open 10
2 Corrado Barazzutti 7 21 August 1978 SF 1977 US Open, 1978 French Open 5
3 Matteo Berrettini 8 4 November 2019 SF 2019 US Open 4
4 Fabio Fognini 9 15 July 2019 QF 2011 French Open 9
5 Paolo Bertolucci 12 23 August 1973 QF 1973 French Open 6
6 Marco Cecchinato 16 25 February 2019 SF 2018 French Open 3
7 Jannik Sinner 18 26 April 2021 QF 2020 French Open 2
Andreas Seppi 18 28 January 2013 4R 2012 French Open, Australian Open (2013, 2015, 2017, 2018). 2013 Wimbledon 3
Omar Camporese 18 10 February 1992 4R 1992 Australian Open 3
Andrea Gaudenzi 18 27 February 1995 4R 1994 French Open 2
11 Renzo Furlan 19 15 April 1996 QF 1995 French Open 2

Women[edit]

# Player Rank Period Grand Slam best WTA wins
1 Francesca Schiavone 4 January 2011 Win 2010 French Open 8
2 Sara Errani 5 May 2013 F 2012 French Open 9
3 Flavia Pennetta 6 September 2015 Win 2015 US Open 11
4 Roberta Vinci 7 May 2016 F 2015 US Open 10
5 Silvia Farina 11 May 2002 QF 2003 Wimbledon 3
6 Raffaella Reggi 13 April 1988 QF 1987 French Open 5
7 Sandra Cecchini 15 March 1988 QF 1985 French Open 9

Grand slam best results[edit]

Men[edit]

Adriano Panatta, last Italian male winner of a Grand Slam tournament, in 1976.

Eight Italian tennis players played at least the semi-final in a Grand Slam tournament.[4]

Player Tournament Result
Umberto De Morpurgo Roland Garros 1930 Semifinal
Giorgio De Stefani Roland Garros 1932 Final
Roland Garros 1934 Semifinal
Giuseppe Merlo Roland Garros 1955 Semifinal
Roland Garros 1956 Semifinal
Nicola Pietrangeli Roland Garros 1959 Win
Roland Garros 1960 Win
Roland Garros 1961 Final
Roland Garros 1964 Final
Wimbledon 1960 Semifinal
Orlando Sirola Roland Garros 1960 Semifinal
Adriano Panatta Roland Garros 1973 Semifinal
Roland Garros 1975 Semifinal
Roland Garros 1976 Win
Corrado Barazzutti Us Open 1977 Semifinal
Roland Garros 1978 Semifinal
Marco Cecchinato Roland Garros 2018 Semifinal
Matteo Berrettini US Open 2019 Semifinal

Women[edit]

Flavia Pennetta, last Italian female and Italian winner of a Grand Slam tournament, in 2015.

Seven Italian female tennis players have reached at least the semifinals of a Grand Slam singles tournament.[5][6]

Player Tournament Result
Maud Rosenbaum Levi 1930 U. S. National Championships Semifinalist
Annalisa Ullstein Bossi Bellani 1949 French International Championships Semifinalist
Silvana Lazzarino 1954 French International Championships Semifinalist
Francesca Schiavone 2010 French Open Won
2011 French Open Runner-up
Sara Errani 2012 French Open Runner-up
2012 US Open Semifinalist
2013 French Open Semifinalist
Flavia Pennetta 2013 US Open Semifinalist
2015 US Open Won
Roberta Vinci 2015 US Open Runner-up

All tournament winners in Open Era[edit]

As of 26 April 2021, 71 tournaments have been won by 26 Italian tennis players in the major circuit.

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All-italian finals in Open Era[edit]

There were six all-italian finals in Open Era in the ATP Tour.[7]

#    Date    Tournament Venue Tier Surface Winner Runner-up Result
1 May 1974 Florence Open Italy Florence C events Clay Adriano Panatta Paolo Bertolucci 6-4, 6-1
2 July 1976 Swedish Open Sweden Båstad Three-star events Clay Tonino Zugarelli Corrado Barazzutti 4-6, 7-5, 6-2
3 March 1980 Cairo Open Egypt Cairo Grand Prix Clay Corrado Barazzutti Paolo Bertolucci 4-6, 7-5, 6-2
4 April 1987 Hypo Group Tennis International Italy Bari Grand Prix Clay Claudio Pistolesi Francesco Cancellotti 6-7(10-8), 7-5, 6-3
5 May 1988 Florence Open Italy Florence Grand Prix Clay Massimiliano Narducci Claudio Panatta 3-6. 6-1, 6-4
6 Feb 2021 Great Ocean Road Open Australia Melbourne 250 Series Hard Jannik Sinner Stefano Travaglia 7-6(7-4), 6-4

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Graduatoria degli sport più praticati in Italia" (PDF) (in Italian). coni.it. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 May 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ https://www.corriere.it/lodicoalcorriere/index/19-11-2020/index.shtml
  3. ^ "QUANTI ITALIANI SONO ENTRATI NEI TOP 50? RISPONDE L'ESPERTO" (in Italian). supertennis.tv. Retrieved 18 March 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Marco Cecchinato è l'ottavo giocatore nella storia del tennis italiano ad approdare in una semifinale Slam" (in Italian). superlivetennis.it. Retrieved 6 June 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "I migliori risultati delle azzurre nei tornei dello Slam". federtennis.it (in Italian). Retrieved 6 June 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "VINCI-PENNETTA Tutti i numeri di un'impresa". federtennis.it (in Italian). Retrieved 6 June 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "ATP: SINNER-TRAVAGLIA, SETTIMO DERBY AZZURRO IN FINALE. I PRECEDENTI" (in Italian). federtennis.it. 6 February 2021. Retrieved 7 February 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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