Italian men's tennis has had a golden year. Fabio Fognini won the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, Matteo Berrettini reached the semi-final at the US Open and Jannik Sinner won the ATP Next Gen Finals. Three highlights that testify to the health of the Italian men's movement, which is expressing very high levels in all age groups, winning titles that had been missing for many years.
La Gazzetta dello Sport, the leading Italian sports newspaper, awarded the best Italian athletes of 2019, for certain categories. Among the various athletes and teams, Jannik Sinner and Matteo Berrettini also won a prize. Sinner won the award for the 2019 Best Performances category, thanks to the victories in the Challengers, the excellent performances in the ATP tournaments and the victory at the ATP Next Gen Finals. Berrettini was awarded in the 2019 Best Surprise category.
The Italian won two titles, he reached the semi-finals in New York and the fourth round at Wimbledon, qualifying for the ATP Finals. In the other main categories, Roberto Mancini (manager of the Italian soccer team) won the 2019 Man of the Year award and 2019 Manager of the Year, while Federica Pellegrini (world champion swimmer in the 200 freestyle) won the award for 2019 Woman of the Year.
Italian water polo team won the award for 2019 Best Team. In the ATP awards, Sinner claimed the Newcomer of the Year award while Berrettini was awarded the Most Improved Player of the Year award. Both Sinner and Berrettini are first-time ATP awardees.
The teenager Sinner is the youngest player in the ATP top-80 since Rafael Nadal finished the 2003 season ranked 47th in the world, at the age of 17.