Italy is living a very great moment on and off the court, especially in the ATP Tour, after the years of glory of the women of the golden era of Italian tennis. On the pitch with Jannik Sinner and Lorenzo Musetti and a top 100 never so dense with blue, with 10 Italians in the top hundred players in the world, it is an all-time record.
But there is good news for Italy's tennis off the court as well. As reported by Riccardo Bisti of Tennis Magazine, in fact, the ATP calendar could soon be filled with another stage in Italy. After the newborn Sardegna Open, played in autumn 2020 and this week in 2021, the city of Parma could benefit from the gap left by the one-week postponement of the Roland Garros.
This hole due to the decision of the French Federation - remember that a new lockdown is underway in France - could reward the city of Parma for an ATP 250 that would be staged from 22 to 29 May.
Italy can host a new ATP 250
The province of Emilia Romagna would therefore receive an upgrade given that last season it hosted two stages of the Challenger circuit.
If the reported news were to be confirmed, Italy, which for 14 years had only the BNL Internazionali in Rome as the only major Tour tournament, could even have three ATP tournaments scheduled: obviously the Masters 1000 on stage at the Forum.
Italico and, in fact, the two ATP 250s in Cagliari and Parma. To this must of course be added the two end-of-year events: the ATP Finals which will debut this year in Turin - and which will remain in the Piedmontese capital until 2025 inclusive) and the Next Gen Finlas which, on the other hand, will remain in Milan at least until 2022.
. In short, Italtennis seems to be moving keeping pace with its players: from the Challenger circuit - where our country boasts an excellent tradition of quantity and quality - we move towards the larger circuit, represented for too long by the single stage. Roman of the tour. With an international flair and a certain ambition.