On Sunday, Italian tennis fans were treated to an exciting day of competition. Three Italian athletes were given a chance to compete for the championship, giving thousands of fans hope for a unique triumph.
The Swiss Open Gstaad final was Matteo Berrettini‘s last chance to win a title, and despite a strong start, he fell short. Casper Ruud, author of an impressive comeback, repeated as Swiss champion.
In Palermo, Lucia Bronzetti gave it her all, but she was still feeling the effects of the two marathons that got her to her first major circuit final. Physically, the Italian player seemed spent, as she won only four games against the Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu.
The CONI president says that Musetti has Malag completely captivated.
The thrilling and tense final in Hamburg resulted in Lorenzo Musetti’s first ATP title. The 20-year-old from Carrara was very good at keeping a level head despite blowing five match points in the tiebreaker.
Against Carlos Alcaraz, the new world number five, Musetti made a strong comeback and came away with a crucial victory. Success at the Hamburg European Open helped the Italian move up 31 places in the world rankings, bringing him that much closer to the top 30.
The president of CONI, Giovanni Malag, wanted to express his gratitude to the three Italian players for their outstanding performances this week. The headline read, “Italian tennis is center stage.” This is the beginning of a message from CONI president Giovanni Malag to the Italian athletes who competed on Sunday, July 24.
“In the Hamburg Open, Lorenzo Musetti defeated Alcaraz to win his first major ATP title. At the Swiss Open in Gstaad, only Ruud was able to defeat super Berrettini; however, excellent Bronzetti lost on the milestone but still enjoyed her first WTA final “as Malag tweeted about it.