In an interview to Federtennis, the former top ten player and 2015 US Open finalist Roberta Vinci recalled her origins in tennis. "Time by time there are some videos, my father kept everything. Of the match won against Serena, I remember everything: the racket, bag, shorts.
Sometimes he even manages to surprise me", said Vinci, who enjoyed her career: "This sport was my life. I would like to make my kids use my experience. And maybe teaching the slice backhand, although I started playing it two-handed."
Vinci finally made some predictions about the Italian Open: "I would like Federer to win it because for me Roger is tennis. But it would be nice even if an Italian managed to do it. Among women, it would be Serena Williams because she deserves it."
The Rome Open is an event that cannot be missed for the Flavia Pennetta' father, Oronzo. Even now that his daughter does not play professional tennis anymore. But feelings are always as strong as Fabio competes as a world No.
12. "Clearly it's different but there is Fabio who completes us a bit", said Oronzo in an exclusive interview with Tennis World USA. "We always came when Flavia was playing but also 50, 40, 30 years ago. We love this tournament."
It's a particular year where Fabio may have most chances than ever to win. "For the way he is playing, he has good chances. Let's see how he does, step by step", he said referring to the Italian's debut against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, a match the Italian won in straight sets.
Was Fabio's success in Monte Carlo an emotional one? "Of course. Fabio's, Flavia's moments are all nice moments but we are never there. We bring luck from home!" It's an important week for the whole Pennetta and Fognini families as the son Federico turns 2.
"Hopefully we celebrate it at the Foro Italico with Fabio in the final..." He finally commented about Fabio and Flavia possibly becoming parents again: "They are trying..."