Santa Cross Sul’Arno, Junior Tennis Internationals are back

We have been waiting for them since May 18, 2019. Who would have thought that we would have to wait more than a thousand days to participate in the ITF Youth Tournament in the city of Santa Cros organized by the tennis club Santa Cros. sull’Arno? Behind Bonifiglio is the most important international junior tournament in Italy and the only Grade 1 organization in our country.

The aftermath of the Kovid-19 epidemic has had a devastating effect on the world of professional tennis, especially on the junior circuit. The situation at international youth tournaments was tough, punishable compared to big events in terms of financial resources and often organized only by clubs and thanks to the passion of those who guided them. Also International Of Santa Cross, For the first time in history, they had to stop for 2 years in a row, bowing to the impossibility of guaranteeing a strict anti-covid protocol. Finally, after months of uncertainty, the organizers decided to relaunch the 42nd edition, Bonfiglio and Roland moved themselves to their traditional strategic position near Garros.

The 42nd edition of the Santa Cros International Junior Tournament – sponsored by Morena Pelli, Osmo, HTF, Balderchi, BCN, Intapel, KLF and Technopack – The qualifiers will begin this Saturday (May 7). The main singles and doubles draws will be open from Monday 9th May to Saturday 14th May finals. Coach Villanova will support Empoli and coach Fornaset will support the Santacrosses Club by providing their fields for training athletes. Admission is free for the entire duration of the event.

Number of restarts

The only change from the past is the short composition of the main scoreboard: A total of 32 males and 32 females, to ensure better management of the flow and at the same time to ensure the high quality of the participants’ cock. For the rest, everything will be as normal. Santa Cruz will be open to the world with the presence of representatives from 40 countries on five continents: there will be athletes from New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Paraguay and Uzbekistan, as well as the usual large armies of Europeans interested in doing well.

At the starting line we find 5 tennis players in the top 20 in the worldThe 2022 edition testifies to a very high level: above all, Argentina’s Lautaro Maiden (15th in the world), Mexican Rodrigo Pacheco Mendez (17th in the world), Slovenian Bor Artanak (20th in the world), Slovakia’s Nikola Dabnerova (20th in the world) and Bonvene (16th in the world). For Italians, a more complex version is expectedOnly Georgia Pedon has a direct entry ranking in the main draw.

But surprisingly, the history of the tournament teaches us that there is never a shortage and that various Italians, including Lorenzo Carboni, Federico Cena, Anna Paradisi and Francesca Paes, will play against strong counterparts from every corner of the planet.

The tradition of future champions

Internazionale del Serie is an authentic center of champions given to the main circuit. In 41 years, 19 future winners of the Slam Tournament and 15 future No. 1 in the world rankings have passed from here.. Obstacle 2 season has done nothing but symbolically accelerate this transformation process. This is the case with the Danish Holger Rune, the last winner in the men’s draw at Santa Cruz and already the absolute hero in the ATP circuit. But above all think that the last 2 Dominatrix in the women’s rankings, Ashley Barty (No. 1 in the world from 9 September 2019 to 3 April 2022) and Iga Suatek (just one month at the top of the world rankings and good luck), too much from today Gone through the Serie A: The Australians reached the final exactly 10 years ago, when Paul blew himself up in the semifinals in 2016, winning the Beppe Giannoni Trophy as the best youngster of that edition. The 2 queens of world tennis is an example of Santa Cross’s contribution to the generational change, also testified by the names of Daniel Medvedev, Stefanos Sitcipas and Janik Sinar, the current tennis space stars who have crossed the Pisan field in the last decade.

“It’s an indescribable emotion to return after two years of forced suspension,” said Santa Cruz Mayor Sul’Arno Giulia Deida. – Young people have suffered the most from the effects of the epidemic, and for the first time athletes of all levels have to face an unknown and perverse opponent: we are overjoyed to see some of the world’s strongest emerging tennis players return to work. “

“The Italian tennis movement has been experiencing remarkable years for Cena and Beretini – these are: President of the Fus Luigi Brunetti’s Tuscan Committee – but it’s a tournament like the Santa Cruz that represents a fantastic promotional vehicle in the area. Together with Florence and Prato, this tournament is the pride of our region. “

Finally, the ending Tournament Director Simon Martini: “My personal story grew simultaneously with International, stopping for version 2 was heartbreaking for me, but “It simply came to our notice then.

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