From May 1st to May 7th, the TC of Monte Urpinu will host the third most important event in Italy after Rome and the final in Turin. President Binaghi: “Let’s stick to this tournament”
On the way to Rome and to Madrid. Here is the Sardegna Open, the Challenger 175 tournament that will take place from May 1st to 7th at the Tennis Club courts in Monte Urpinu in Cagliari. On the Sardinian red clay court, which has always brought success to the blue movement, from victory in the final of the Fed Cup 2013 to the triumph in the ATP 250 2021 for Lorenzo Sonego.
Cagliari will open the great Italian tennis of 2023 and pave the way for the new era of Italy’s BNL internationals. This is the third most important event in our country in 2023 after Rome and the final in Turin. A historic event for Italian tennis and for the Sardinian movement, as defined by the President of the Italian Tennis and Padel Federation Angelo Binaghi: “”In the last few days we have received the study of the impact of this event on the territory of the ATP Finals is comparable to big singing events like and more than Eurovision or Sanremo. On the territory they have an effect of more than 200 million. We are talking about events that will be broadcast in 209 countries around the world. The event that Cagliari will host is very special, we are talking about the biggest tournament in the history of Sardinian tennis. It’s not a spot tournament, but we have to be good at preserving it for the future. Tennis is now the second national sport next to padel and has a different future than football. Football is in a crisis that Italian tennis is not. This role as a second national sport is also close to our hearts. This sport is at the peak of its history in Italy. It will follow a tournament and with great care to see it grow year after year”.
names and expectations
It is difficult to predict the big names who will take part in the Sardegna Open, but whoever leaves the Madrid tournament will almost certainly choose to enter the Premium Challenger to prepare for the Rome Internationals, such as Paolo Lorenzi, technical director of the tournament, stressed : “All the stronger players and the first of these new tournaments in Europe will take place right here in Cagliari. It will be the preparation for the land of Rome. After Madrid, many champions will come here to keep in shape for internationals. I expect so many audiences.” The relationship with Cagliari is also underlined by the Italian tennis legend Nicola Pietrangeli: “I would like the honorary citizenship of Cagliari given the many memories I have of this city. Not everyone knows that for the Fed Cup 2013 final, nobody wanted to give us the opportunity to host it in Cagliari and we fought for it with President Binaghi. In the end it was a success and now everyone is praising us.” A success that is also hoped for in 2023 for Italian tennis, as hoped by the same President Binaghi: “Sinner earned 250 ATP points in Montpellier and this Sardinian tournament is with a total of 175 points not far from these points. On a physical level, I see Italian tennis players growing. Sinner has what it takes “A champion, today he’s the Italian with the most prospects. The whole world recognizes that. Last year we lost the Davis Cup in the semifinals and this year we’re chasing it again. We hope to have better luck with having the injuries.” compared to 2022”.
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