ITF Futures have always been the fertile ground for all kind of interesting stories and situations unlikely to be seen on the Challengers or ATP level. One of those occurred in the opening round of doubles draw at Uganda F1 Futures, with the 20-year-old Lorenzo Bocchi defeating his own father Paolo, who was born in 1961! At the age of 57, Paolo played his first official pro tournament, losing in the opening qualifying round to George Loffhagen and entering the doubles draw with Felix Hutt.
By the will of some mighty tennis gods, their rivals were Tomasso Gabrieli and Lorenzo Bocchi, Paolo's son who has been forging his pro career since 2015, mainly losing in the qualifying draws and never passing the second round of Futures in singles.
Lorenzo and Tomasso were the favorites against the veterans (Hutt made his pro debut in 1994 and he never won a match in the main draw ever since) and they scored a 6-2 6-3 triumph in an hour, losing serve once and breaking their rivals five times from nine chances, opening a 6-2 4-0 lead and bringing the match home soon after that to reach the quarters.
We don't know much about Paolo but it would be interesting to see him on the court alongside his son sometimes if he decides to play on the pro level again as we don't have a chance to see father-son combo on the court too often.