Andreas Seppi, an Italian tennis player, has criticized the Italian Tennis Federation for allegedly refusing to grant him a wildcard to the tournaments in Florence and Naples. Last week, Seppi, 38, declared his retirement. Seppi, an ex-top-20 player and three-time ATP winner, wanted to say goodbye in Florence and Naples.
I would have loved to play in the Florence or Naples tournament for my farewell to professional tennis, but unfortunately the Italian Tennis Federation did not allow me to, saying that “giving a wildcard to a retiring player would have been a waste” Seppi wrote on his Instagram Story that he was disappointed about the decision.
Mario Boccardi (@marioboc17) October 16, 2022 “Andreas Seppi on his IG stories” pic.twitter.com/rwWopz9vxh
Seppi was not given the opportunity to compete in Florence or Naples.
The first Firenze Open was held in Florence this past week.
Naples is hosting the Tennis Napoli Cup this week. Seppi, who is now rated outside of the top 250, barely made either tournament’s main draw cut. Seppi did, however, compete in Florence, but not in the main draw.
Seppi attempted to qualify for the Florence main draw through the qualifying event, but was unsuccessful after losing to Mikael Ymer 7-5 6-3. In his match with Ymer, Seppi got off to a strong start by winning back-to-back breaks to take a 3-0 lead right away.
Despite being behind by two breaks, Ymer came back strongly and won the following four games to come back from an early disadvantage and seize the lead, 4-3. Ymer squandered two consecutive set points in the tenth game, as Seppi was serving to stay in the opening set.
The Italian was serving to remain in the opening set when Ymer broke Seppi in the 12th game. Ymer had failed to break Seppi in the previous game. Following his victory in the opening set, Ymer broke Seppi in the second game of the second set and held on to his serve the rest of the way to take a two-set advantage.