Nicola Pietrangeli: "Lucky Italy with Jannik Sinner!"

The growth of the Italian men's tennis movement has rekindled the hopes of tennis fans of the Bel Paese

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Nicola Pietrangeli: "Lucky Italy with Jannik Sinner!"

The growth of the Italian men's tennis movement has rekindled the hopes of tennis fans of the Bel Paese. Jannik Sinner, Lorenzo Musetti and Matteo Berrettini are just the flagship of a block of tennis players with great potential.

The Former two-times Roland Garros winner Nicola Pietrangeli told: "Now is the time for men. There is no school. Things like this are not invented. It's very much a matter of luck. The only ones who have always maintained continuity are the Spaniards: evidently due to the climate, as a matter of mentality.

In sport they always feel like bullfighters, with warm blood. Just look at Carlos Alcaraz: a real bullfighter. Sinner skied better than he played tennis, but he didn't enjoy it. And he preferred tennis. And it was lucky for us. Let's hold on to it.

Him and all the kids who are doing great. Can we wish Sinner to surpass me? Why not! It would be amazed to be jealous of someone who could outgrow us. I had predicted that Sinner would enter the top five by 2024. Now I bring it forward to the end of 2023." Sinner will be busy this week at the ATP 500 tournament in Barcelona.

Pietrangeli on Italian women legends

Nicola Pietrangeli has not forgotten the golden age of Italian women's tennis marked by the feats of Francesca Schiavone, Flavia Pennetta, Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani. The first two, in particular, managed to win a Grand Slam in singles.

Schiavone prevailed in 2010 at Roland Garros by beating Samantha Stosur in straight sets; Pennetta, on the other hand, won the historic all-Italian final with Vinci at the US Open in 2015. In addition to the incredible results achieved in singles, both played in a Grand Slam final, Errani and Vinci made history in doubles by winning all four Majors between 2012 and 2014.

Pietrangeli said: "Italian tennis has been supported for about ten years thanks to women. We have been maintained, supported by the Italian athletes."

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