Nicola Pietrangeli: "Today's tennis players are too rich"

The former Italian Slam legend Nicola Pietrangeli also did not spend words of great admiration for Matteo Berrettini

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Nicola Pietrangeli: "Today's tennis players are too rich"

The former Italian Slam legend Nicola Pietrangeli did not spend words of great admiration for Matteo Berrettini, after his premature elimination at the Australian Open. The former Italian champion thinks that the Roman is no longer able to express himself at certain levels due to the distractions linked to the status achieved even outside the court.

He said: "Berrettini? It seems to me that he is dedicating himself more to advertising than to tennis. He's a good guy, but he's a bit like Adriano Panatta was: fantastic from the waist up, but the legs."

Pietrangeli: "Tennis players today are too rich"

Pietrangeli, during the Enzo Bearzot Award ceremony, extended his speech and referred to the new generation of tennis players.

The former Davis Cup captain, in the words collected by the Italian press agency ANSA, explained: "Berrettini is fine. He is rich, handsome, young, and engaged to a beautiful girl: better than that, how can he be? Today's tennis players are a little too rich.

It's not a criticism, actually lucky them, but they have a thousand distractions and live in an era that maybe they haven't quite understood how lucky it is. This also applies to soccer." Pietrangeli then focused on Italian tennis players.

"They have a good chance of moving forward, but if I knew the winner's name I'd go and bet. I hope that an Italian wins a Grand Slam tournament at the most prestigious. Jannik Sinner is the best: he's strong and has the head of a German." Finally, Pietrangeli dedicated a thought to the Lifetime Achievement Award that was presented to him during the ceremony at the Maschio Angioino in Naples.

"A soccer award for the first time to an athlete in another sport: another of my records. I have a dozen reasons to thank you, but I'm cutting six or seven because it would be too long. Standing in front of this audience is a pleasure and an honor."

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