Italian tennis is experiencing a different trend as compared to the last years: the men are in a positive moment, while women's tennis, after the golden years of Flavia Pennetta, Francesca Schiavone, Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani, who achieved incredible successes, is suffering.
Pennetta won the 2015 US Open, the epic and historical derby with Vinci, Schiavone was able to win Roland Garros in 2010 as an outsider, while Errani and Vinci completed, with the victory at Wimbledon in 2014, the career Grand Slam in doubles.
But now the generational change of Italian women's tennis has become a problem; there is no one to take the baton from these four players. Camila Giorgi is unable to pick up Italian women's tennis and, more generally, seems crushed by the pressure of having to match her career with that of her compatriots.
The generational change of men's tennis is, instead, going faster than the women's, in contrast to what is happening in the ATP and WTA Tour. Fabio Fognini, Marco Cecchinato and Matteo Berrettini, with Andreas Seppi and Paolo Lorenzi, and followed by the youngsters Lorenzo Sonego, Lorenzo Musetti and Giulio Zeppieri, have provided a mix of established players and young hopes.
They are getting important titles and are also making themselves visible in the rankings. Which generally give positive feelings for the future of Italian men's tennis. Differently from the negative time of Italian women's tennis.
The generational change in the WTA Tour, in general, is proceeding faster, with many young players who have come to play competitively and successfully against the top players. This is happening more slowly in the ATP Tour, with some exceptions. Exception demonstrated by the Italian men's tennis.