Towards the Nitto ATP final, the Italian tennis boom

The roadmap for the second Turin edition of the Nitto ATP Final, announced at a press conference in Palazzo Madame, has rewarded Italy’s centrality in the world of tennis.

The 2021 edition of the final, the first in Italy in the history of the tournament inaugurated in 1970, will have its own way in history. It was actually the first between two Italians present in singles, Matteo Beretini and Janic Cinar, even if the South Tyrolians were forced to retire at the end of the first set of the first match against Alexander Zaverev from the Romans.

The only blue in the top 10 for three seasons in a row in the ATP rankings, Beretini had to give way to his friend Janic, the hero of a record season for all Italian tennis. Never before 2021, in fact, have the two Azzurri closed one season in the top ten in the world.

In the boom numbers of Italian tennis. In 2011, the best blue at the end of the season in the ATP rankings was Andreas Seppi, ranked 38th. Only in 2013 did Italy bring back one player to the top 20 at the end of the season: Fabio Fognini, ranked 16th that season and 20th in 2014.

In 2018, the year of the exploitation of Marco Chechinato in Roland Garros and the first significant result of Matteo Beretini, Italy has changed the pace of men’s tennis.

The average ranking of the top 10 Azzurri in the ATP rankings, from 2012 to 2017 is always above 100, dropped to 87. And from that moment on it continues to improve: 70 in 2019 (where Italy ends up with eight top 100s led by Beretini at No. 8 and Fognini at No. 12), 66 in 2020 and 64 in 2021.

The confirmed presence of eight azure in the top 100 at the end of the season demonstrates the density of the blue tennis movement. A depth that remains clear even in 2022, despite the physical problems of Matteo Beretini and Janic Cinar on American trips to Miami and Indian Wells. The good performances of Lorenzo Musetti in Rotterdam and the success of Koboli and Nardi in the Challengers in a tough tournament at the start of the season give a glimpse of a great future.

The presenter said that he hopes to see two Italians in Turin again like last year. Of course, replicating a historical milestone is not obvious, but it is not impossible.

The Spearheads of Italian tennis have more to offer than ever before. At the end of the year, the change in pace is evident in the average position of the top four Italy in the ATP rankings. The average ranking from 2011 to 2013, outside the 50th position, has virtually halved: 36 in 2019, 24 in 2020, 20 in 2021. And in 2022 the show hasn’t started yet.

Top 10 Italians
Pos. Italy – Pos.ATP – Player – Points

2011
1 38 Andreas Sep 1015
2 48 Fabio Fognini 915
3 58 Potito Stars 825
4 69 Filippo Volandri 696
5 75 Flavio Cipola 669
6 108 Paolo Lorenzi 521
7 134 Simon Boleli 404
8 135 Alessandro Giannesi 395
9 155 Matteo Viola 335
10 167 Simon Vagnoji 306

2012
1 23 Andreas Sep 1560
2 45 Fabio Fagnini 880
3 64 Paolo Lorenzi 744
4 84 Simon Bolelli 623
5 88 Filippo Volandri 582
6 95 Flavio Cipola 568
7 135 Matteo Viola 405
8 164 Potito Starace 326
9 198 Gianluca Nasso 240
10 239 Simon Vagnozi 198

2013
1 16 Fabio Fognini 1930
2 25 Andreas Sep 1360
3 71 Filippo Volandri 694
4 109 Paolo Lorenzi 515
5 152 Potito Stars 338
6 160 Matteo Viola 323
7 163 Marco Chechinato 318
8 180 Thomas Fabiano 282
9 188 Flavio Cipola 269
10 212 Andrea Arnaboldi 228

2014
1 20 Fabio Fognini 1790
2 45 Andreas Sepi 870
3 55 Simone Bolelli 810
4 64 Paolo Lorenzi 759
5 151 Luke Vanny 353
6 159 Marco Chechinato 324
7 163 Potito Starace 314
8 181 Andrea Arnaboldi 281
9 190 Matteo Viola 262
10 198 Stefano Travaglia 247

2015
1 21 Fabio Fognini 1515
2 29 Andreas Sep 1360
3 58 Simone Bolelli 790
4 68 Paolo Lorenzi 725
5 90 Marco Chechinato 618
6 106 Luke Vanny 552
7 157 Thomas Fabiano 362
8 158 Andrea Arnaboldi 360
9 180 Matteo Donati 280
10 192 Filippo Volandri 256

2016
1 40 Paolo Lorenzi 1090
2 49 Fabio Fognini 945
3 87 Andreas Sep 655
4 124 Thomas Fabiano 484
5 128 Alessandro Giannesi 475
6 157 Luke Vanny 393
7 172 Stefano Napolitano 331
8 175 Federico Gaius 329
9 187 Marco Chechinato 304
10 207 Matteo Donati 263

2017
1 27 Fabio Fognini 1670
2 43 Paolo Lorenzi 1095
3 73 Thomas Fabiano 701
4 86 Andreas Sepi 616
5 109 Marco Chechinato 543
6 134 Stefano Travaglia 414
7 135 Matteo Berrettini 410
8 154 Alessandro Giannesi 353
9 171 Simon Bolelli 305
10 204 Salvatore Caruso 254

2018
1 13 Fabio Fognini 2315
2 20 Marco Chechinato 1819
3 37 Andreas Sep 1106
4 54 Matteo Berrettini 932
5 101 Thomas Fabiano 573
6 107 Lorenzo Sonego 532
7 109 Paolo Lorenzi 525
8 133 Stefano Travaglia 426
9 141 Simon Boleli 384
10 155 Gianluigi Quinji 343

2019
1 8 Matteo Berrettini 2870
2 12 Fabio Fognini 2290
3 52 Lorenzo Sonego 990
4 71 Marco Chechinato 780
5 72 Andreas Sep 776
6 78 Janik Paapi 671
7 84 Stefano Travaglia 637
8 96 Salvatore Caruso 586
9 114 Thomas Fabiano 482
10 115 Paolo Lorenzi 480

2020
1 10 Matteo Berrettini 3075
2 17 Fabio Fognini 2400
3 33 Lorenzo Sonego 1568
4 37 Janik Paapi 1444
5 74 Stefano Travaglia 869
6 76 Salvatore Caruso 843
7 80 Marco Chechinato 828
8 100 Gianluca Magar 725
9 106 Andreas Sep 689
10 128 Lorenzo Museti 509

2021
1 7 Matteo Beretini 4568
2 10 Janik Paapi 3350
3 27 Lorenzo Sonego 1825
4 37 Fabio Fognini 1494
5 59 Lorenzo Musetti 1004
6 62 Gianluca Magar 978
7 78 Stefano Travaglia 846
8 100 Marco Chechinato 759
9 102 Andreas Sep 744
10 153 Frederick Gaius 441

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