Renzo Farlan: “I turned down the Davis Cup, then Panatta saved me. Cane and Nargiso, who are fighting.”

Renzo Farlan as a player and in a shot today

From a fraction of a city of only 5,000 inhabitants to the world of great tennis. But Renzo Furlan is indebted to his small country and for the opportunity if he later became one of the top Italian tennis players, winning two ATP titles, reaching the quarter-finals at Roland Garros in 1995 and making it into the top 20. In the world today he is a coach and tries to convey to Jasmine Paulini his determination, even his desire to fight the Giants.


Renzo Furlan, let’s turn on the time machine and put the car on the opposite side. Where does it take us?
“The first three tennis courts were built in 1976 at Cimetta di Codognè in the province of Treviso, 150 meters from my home. Those were the years when Panatta won the Roland Garros and tennis was very popular. And in those fields, along with many other kids, I used the racket I started to take it in my hand.

And was that noise the first show of love?
“It was an immediate emotion, I fell in love with it. At the time, however, I also played football and the two games were equal until I was 14. I was playing from Monday to Sunday.

But then he had to choose. When did you find yourself at a crossroads: football or tennis?
পর After the semifinals of the Italian Under-14 Championship in Pistoia. I was called to the Riano Technical Center who was born that year. We had 25 kids. From there I moved to Rome. It was my crossroads, tennis supported my nature as a soloist, the architect of my victory but also of my defeat.

When did you realize that you could set high goals?
“Probably at the age of 16 when I started beating everyone: Cristiano Carratti from Diego Nargiso who was number 1 and 2. And the following year I was in the top 10 juniors in the world. Then at 20 I won the first $ 100,000 Challenger in Finland and 96 in the world. Here, here I realize I can do it.

Who were Renzo Farlan’s masters who influenced his training?
“He was inaugurating his first tennis court in Simeta when I was a Maestro Martini there when I was 8 years old. He did an internship, I had a great relationship with him and he gave me the first idea. Really great man. And then Luigi Manzoni came to the age of 14 ».

So did he join the Piati-boys team?
“I met Ricardo in Riano, then he became a mentor to this small group of 4 people: Cristiano Caratti, Federico Mordegan, Cristian Brandi and me.”

When did Renzo Farlan decide to give up tennis?
“I was 33, I was 160 on Earth and I had to think about the future. I set myself the goal of finishing in the top 100 to continue in 2003, but I had a physical problem … so after the summer I went to Tirenia Technical Center. I started working for a federation under 20 where I worked for about 10 years. I felt good here, thanks to a group of very good people led by Roberto Lombardy, whom I remember as a brilliant man who died tragically.

But Farlan also worked in Serbia কেমন what was the experience like?
“I worked there from 2016 to 2020, accepting the offer I received from Djokovic’s manager to restructure Serbia’s under-20 technical sector. 8 appeared.

Then in 2020 the epidemic spread and what did Farlan do?
“From the summer of 2020, I began to follow closely Jasmine Pauline, who is now ranked 44th in the world.”

And what could Jasmine Paulini be?
“When we set goals, we never think about numbers in the rankings but take the road to how our goals lead. I think he is a very strong player and above all he knows how to manage matches, he is a fighter.”

Renzo Farlan with Jasmine Paulini
Renzo Farlan with Jasmine Paulini

But Farlan also trained Francesca Schiavone and then Simon Bolelli.
“Yes, Schiavone won the year he won in Paris. He had no coaches and the president of the federation, Angelo Binaghi, told me to follow him to Tirenia and some tournaments. After Schiavone, I followed Bolelli.”

Furlan, a Venetian of short words. A little shy and doesn’t like spotlights very much. Character traits that will tell us: But how did he become a coach?
“I have not changed but I think I have evolved. I am a thoughtful person but not shy. Maybe I have learned to communicate better and it happened during my career as a player when I had to present myself to the press even after defeat.”

Which match do you remember as the best of your career?
“I remember the matches were important and it made me realize that I could move on. One match that marked me was definitely the final win against San Jose Chang in ’94.

And the win against Evan Lendl?
“Yes, of course, he was number 3 in the world but it was a second round. But I remember with more passion he won a match at the Mondori club in Verona at the age of 17. It was a $ 25,000 tournament. In the second round I met a player named Jampieri. Very strong. It was an epic match that I won 3/6, 7/6, 7/6 and in which I remember everything, even the praise of the opponent after three. Half an hour of play. Which made me most excited.

The biggest regret?
“Maybe I have some but I think I gave 90/95% of my chances. I’m 1.76 tall and in those years I played against the Giants. I really think I gave my best.”

Davis Cup too?
“I played badly in a few moments, when I started to feel like it was mine I fixed it.”

He also refused the summons … at great risk.
“I had a bad experience against Australia in 1994 and I told Adriano Panetta that he was a great captain. “I’m not going to Spain,” I said. I was number one in Italy and, if Panatta wanted, he could have created some big problems for me.

And what does Panatta do?
“He invited me to a luncheon in Turin and told me: ‘You’re telling me your thoughts. And so we met. I’m 24 and I told him I wanted to think about the rankings, the tournament and myself. He listens to me, reminds me that I am number 40 in the world, I am a very good player but I will never be a full player until I face my fears about Davis. There would have been many consequences.

What was the reaction of Panatta to you?
“It simply came to our notice then. Italy lost and a play-off to avoid relegation in September. Stefano Pescosolido and Andrea Gaudenzi came to me to talk to me about the future. They talked about a team that would consist of players who had known each other since the time of Ryan and so it was an opportunity to create a new course. And then I agreed because it would have been a different climate from what I had seen from my previous experience, for example the quarrel between Cane and Nargiso. So I made sure that I would always be with them in this adventure. But there is also a comic aspect to this meeting …

What happened?
“Suddenly Panatta came and said, ‘Well, that’s it.’ At that moment another Davis Cup was born as Christian Brandio entered to double with Pescosolido and we beat Hungary 3-0.

Have you played against the strongest opponent?
“Of course Sampras. He came from another planet.”

Who are the Italians to keep an eye on today?
“Italy has the best moment in the history of men’s tennis. Matteo Beretini, Lorenzo Sonego, Janic Cinar, Lorenzo Musetti, Luca Nardi, Flavio Coboli … I think we are in the next ten years. We hope that this will apply to women after the period Those who saw 4 great girls: Flavia Panetta, Francesca Schiavone, Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani. And at the time I think it was hard to come back.

And will we go back to winning Davis?
“I am sure we will win a lot. I hope Italy will win Davis in the next three years. I would be very surprised if we didn’t win it.

Does Renzo Farlan dream of being Davis captain?
“No, and the leaders of the federation always know that I have started working for them. Being a captain is a difficult role that I certainly respect but the players always make a difference.

Let’s hear it then …
“I had an interview in 2003 with the leaders of the federation in Rome who asked me what I wanted to do when I stopped. There were Angelo Binaghi and Gianni Milan. I told her I wanted to work with the boys. They told me it could be done. On one condition, however, Italy had to play Davis in the play-offs to avoid a Serie C, and the captain who was Barajjutti was in balance.

So Farlan is one step away from being the captain of Davis. Reluctantly?
“Taking charge of the team one step away from C would have been a full-fledged debut, but the prospect of coaching youngsters was linked to Davis’s predictions. Losing the play-off, Barajutti stayed in his place and then did something extraordinary.

Do Renzo Farlan’s kids play tennis?
“They start the game and then they stop. Maybe I could do more but I acted like my dad forced me to decide what to do with my life and I thought it was a great act of faith.

What does Renzo Furlan still expect?
“The dream of the drawer is associated with the present because the dream remains a dream without a time limit. That is why I like projects with the goal of taking Jasmine Paolini to greater heights. But as a good Venetian I am at the very bottom.

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