At the Match Ball Firenze (from 28 March to 10 April) the Bnl d’Italia 2022 pre-qualification Open tournament

Daniele Capecchi in the photo

Favorites the Florentine Daniele Capecchi together with the winner of the past edition Andrea Picchione in the men while in the women the Italian under 16 champion Viola Turini is the number one.

The Match Ball Firenze Country Club is organizing the Bnl d’Italia 2022 pre-qualification Open tournament from 28 March to 10 April with a prize pool of 24,580 euros valid as the 44th edition of the Absolute Tuscan Championships. The organizational machine of the Bagno a Ripoli club proposes, as last year, to play outdoors (outdoors) to return to being the beating heart of Tuscan tennis and beyond and give the players the chance
Italians, finalists of the event, to be able to access the appointment of the Foro Italico. “The players will be able to play in the beautiful green area of ​​our club – explains the president Roberto Casamonti – and on this occasion the spectators will be able to follow the matches without having to enter the covered structure. As usual, it will be a great event that will allow the winners to conquer Rome. We are really happy to be able to host this event that was born here and brings the best Tuscan and in this case national players to the Match Ball Florence “” The Tennis Federation wanted to give everyone the opportunity to conquer the Foro Italico – explains Guido Turi national councilor Federtennis – on the occasion the Match Ball
has always had the distinction of having a large number of participants and also in this case I am sure that the participants will be numerous “” From the amateurs, to the fourth category and now the third and professional players from all over Italy to conquer the Foro Italico – says the president of Federtennis
Toscana Luigi Brunetti together with councilor Raffaella Rebecchi – a movement that starts from the bottom but which has a very high quality and which is growing both in tennis schools and in tournaments. The choice of the Florence Match Ball is linked to tradition and its organization “” Thanks to the club, to the Casamonti family, and to all the athletes who will come to play – highlights Enrico Minelli, councilor for sport of the Municipality of Bagno a Ripoli – the location is unique and will bring prestige to such an important event “” Sport is for
the city of Florence and its municipalities is fundamental and knowing that the winners will be protagonists in the most important tennis event in Italy is a great satisfaction – says Cosimo Guccione, councilor for sport of the Municipality of Florence – in a moment where sporting activity is fundamental to return to normality, tennis is truly a pivotal discipline “” Our territory is linked to tourism and sport – explains Nicola Armentano, sports advisor of the Metropolitan City of Florence – for this reason manifestations of this prestige give value to the sporting vocation of high level and tradition of the whole Florentine area “And closes Roberto Pellegrini president of Mario Belardinelli” Many young players have started from this tournament – says the national manager – and I have seen many names of young people who can do well ” From Monday 28 March the absolute titles of Tuscan champion will also be assigned and the tor will end neo of the Third Category, both for men and women, to reward the winners with the Tuscan Scudetto.

In addition, passes for the doubles tournament that will take place in the capital and the Tuscan title to the best ranked couples will be awarded to the winning couples of the doubles (male and female). In this case, registrations will expire on Wednesday 30 March at 12.

The matches will be played at the Florence Match Ball and in support there will also be the courts of the Scandicci Tennis Club. The tournament will start on Monday 28 March with the first sections where the athletes classified Fourth and Third category will play and then the players with the highest ranking will enter the competition (for them there is still the possibility to register).
All the qualifiers from the 10 provincial fourth category tournaments will be the protagonists of this first phase and the dream of winning a place in Rome may still be alive in case of affirmation. Without the qualifiers from the Quarta tournaments, there are already 350 members for a total of 400 participants which will certainly increase.
The tournament director will be maestro Fabio Bianchini while the titular referee is Adriano Spataffi assisted by Paolo Lapini, Roberto Falteri and Daniele Turco.

Entry List: Male:
The top two favorites in the men’s draw, according to the rankings, are the home club player Daniele Capecchi (Match Ball Firenze) and the winner of the 2021 edition Andrea Picchione (Ct L’Aquila), both 2.1, followed by Alessandro Ceppellini 2.2 Park Tennis Genoa, Riccardo Mascarini 2.2 Rowing Club Ticino Pavia, Michele Vianello 2.2 Ct Zavaglia, Manuel Mazza 2.2 Tennis Viserba, the under 18 Niccolò Dessì 2.3 Tc Viterbo, Samuele Pieri 2.3 Tc Bisenzio, the cheering of the Match Ball will be for the very young 17 year old Lorenzo Sciahbasi 2.3 who last year with the green and white team under 16 won third place in Italy, Augusto Virgili 2.3 Pol. Rufina, Francesco Liucci 2.3 Tc 2002 from Campania, Gabriele Volpi 2.3 Ct Pontedera, Federico Marchetti 2.3 Sporting Sassuolo and Francesco Maestrelli 2.3 Coach Pontedera.

Female:
In the pink tournament the favorite is the Italian under 16 champion of 2021 Viola Turini 2.1 Tc Prato who will try to gain access to the pre-qualifications in Rome. Next to her there will be Claudia Giovine, 2.2 cousin of Flavia Pennetta and registered for the Tc Italia of Forte dei Marmi. To undermine the first two favorites Maria Vittoria Viviani 2.3 At Piombinese. Behind a patrol of eight ranked 2.4 players who could undermine the two favorites. the under 16 Anastasia Bertacchi (Tc Italia), Anita Bertoloni (Park Tennis Genova), Cristina Pescucci (At Piombinese), the under 18 Emma Belluomini (Tc Italia) and Giada Rossi (Tc Pistoia), Maddalena Giordano and Emma Ottavia Ghirardato of the Countru Club Cuneo and Elena Raffaeta (Tc Pistoia)

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