The 1st edition of Para Standing Tennis Training Camp Organized by sports organization Sportdipiù. The show has seemed a bit unfocused in recent episodes Manviso Sporting Club of GrugliascoGathered 40 athletes from all over Italy and all over Europe, engaged in the great three-day game Paralympic tennis Standing game; The lower and upper limbs of the discipline are exposed to different types and degrees of disability.
During the event, Manviso, divided into two sections, hosted an exhibition tournament of the best tennis players on the field. 1st place in Class 1 went to Spaniard Ivan Coretza (brother of former world ATP No. 2 Alex), who overtook Italian Franco Brino (formerly No. 4 in the ITF circuit world) in the final. The set ended 4-1 and 5-4 (7-3 at tie-break), respectively. Sweden wins the final for third place Harald von KochConqueror over the French Frederick GarcাজasWhere it has gone to 5th and 6th place Matthias Capelleti And Joseph In. Victory in Class 2 went to the “landlord” Gregory LepardyBetter a poor horse than no horse at all Giorgio Naples 4-0 for 4-1.
Finally, there are many beginners who, for the first time, have approached this new form of Paralympic tennis under the guidance of expert teachers: among them they have not already lost their support due to established athletes in other disciplines such as champions. Athletics Martina Caroni (2 gold and 3 silver at the Paralympics, 5 gold and 1 silver at the World Championships, 6 gold and 2 silver at the European Championships, especially the 100m and long jump, especially at the European Championships) and para-cyclists Fabrizio Topatigh (Multiple Italian champions on the road, track and cross).
As a result, the high level of enthusiasm seen on the pitch and the enthusiasm of the “newcomers”, the goal of promoting discipline at the local and national level was brilliantly achieved: “All present – Commented Gregory LepardyOrganizer of SportDP Camp and Vice President of the newly formed Para Standing Tennis Association – They were happy to participate and the feedback on both the location and the organization was very positive. With both table tennis and badminton standing categories, we hope to make the sport a paralympic discipline in all respects: the next step will be to seek support from the International Tennis Federation (ITF), an organization that already conducts wheelchair tennis. For our part, given the success of this event, the intention is to expand the foundation of a movement to organize similar initiatives in other cities where there are about 300 players on 5 continents.”
It is also on the same wavelength Evan CoretzaThe winner of the exhibition tournament and president of the Para Standing Tennis Association: “Thanks for this event – He insisted – We have shown the world that athletes with disabilities can play tennis standing up: federations, however, must do everything possible to include this discipline in their programs because no one should be left out. Our association was not born with the intention of surviving long, but it will do so for the time required for international organizations and the ITF to fill this gap, such as badminton and table tennis. The ultimate goal is to include para-standing tennis in the schedule of the Los Angeles 2028 Games.“
1st Class was awarded by the President of the Italian Paralympic Committee – Piedmont Regional Committee Sylvia Bruno: “For the first time – He announced – That I attended an event in para-standing tennis and I must say that it is really spectacular: I wish it could take more feet and you can win more players so that another form of tennis can be developed for the people. Disability for those who do not want to play in a wheelchair or, for other reasons, prefer to stand. To be recognized by the International Paralympic Committee as a Paralympic discipline, one must first go through the national and international tennis federations: progress can only be made in the presence of a rule and classification.”
Satisfied with both his attitude towards para-standing tennis and the birth of a new Paralympic discipline, finally, Martina Caironi: “I’m here – He announced – Thanks to Gregory Lepardi, the organizer of something that is certainly able to present the beginning of a movement that will surely grow. Although I was the last to arrive, I had the opportunity to learn a lot of new things and understand how tennis is a very difficult and technical sport: the sensations were still beautiful and it was great to be able to play, as well as to see excellent level athletes. Work alongside newborn boys. In order to gain international recognition, it is necessary to focus on publicity and create events, trying to gather as many people as possible; This is not easy because there are many games that aspire to be recognized and resources are often not enough, but these kinds of events can make you feel like something is being born from below.“