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Why Italian tennis is having a big bang


DECRYPTION – Berrettini, Sinner et Cie, the Transalpines shine. Explanations and confirmation expected this week during the Masters 1000 in Rome.

When we ask the President of the Italian Federation, Angelo Binaghi, in the preamble, the reasons for the success of transalpine tennis, he jokes: “I’m not going to explain it to you, otherwise you will copy us in France.” At a time when the Tsonga generation is at twilight and the succession is far from assured, France can envy the renewal on the other side of the Alps. Italy has been waiting, since 1976 and the coronation of Adriano Panatta at Roland Garros, for a victory in the men’s Grand Slam. Women led the way with a golden generation in the 2000s. Francesca Schiavone triumphed in 2010 at Roland Garros and Flavia Pennetta won the 2015 US Open ahead of her compatriot Roberta Vinci. Sara Errani was also a Porte d’Auteuil finalist in 2012.

The boys carry the Azzurro standard high today. Perhaps in the footsteps of a legendary champion like Nicola Pietrangeli, double winner at the French Open (1959 and 1960). Four Italians are

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