The best of the week just passed, the most important results, the performances of the Italians, the confirmations and the surprises. And then, again, the movements of the ATP and WTA rankings and the program for the coming week. All this in one big appointment with the new format of Manic Monday, the Tennis Fever newsletter that arrives directly to your inbox.
Tennis Week: Miami has two new bosses
The past week saw the end of the Miami Open with the successes of Carlos Alcaraz and Iga Swiatek, both making their first claim on Florida concrete. For both the Spanish and the Polish, the victory of this tournament had a very special significance. As for Italtennis, as we all know, Jannik Sinner unfortunately he had to withdraw during the quarters due to a painful blister in his right foot. A happy note, however, was the one made by Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli, who went all the way to the semifinal in the doubles tournament. The greatest satisfaction for the Italian movement, however, came from the cadet circuit, with Luca Nardi who won over everyone in Lugano, adding another Challenger title to his showcase, the second in his career after the one he won in Forlì in January.
Miami Open, Alcaraz in history
Beating Casper Ruud for 7-5 6-4, Carlos Alcaraz has become the youngest winner of the Miami Masters 1000. For the 18-year-old Spaniard, considered by many to be the next dominator of the male scene, this is the third ATP success: a score that will in all probability be updated very frequently in the coming months and years. Before winning the trophy against the Norwegian (another undisputed protagonist of the tournament), the Murciano had ousted Marton FucsovicsMarin CilicStefanos TsitsipasMiomir Kecmanovic and Hubert Hurkacz. A true champion in a row, which earned him the eleventh position in the world rankings. And now who can stop it?
Who will try to stop Alcaraz is certainly Jannik Sinner. But our predestined, however, could not do anything in Miami as he had to surrender to a blister that knocked him out in the quarterfinal match against Francisco Cerundolo. A big disappointment after the tests of strength (especially mental) on Emil Ruusuvuori and Pablo Carreno-Bustaand after the beautiful victory over Nick Kyrgios. Speaking of the Australian, The Quick has proven to be back at the highest levels, but at the same time still offered his usual censorship shows. Postponed.
At the beginning we also referred to Fabio’s path Fognini and Simone Bolelli. Well yes, the blue couple is now one of the certainties of the doubles circuit, and yet another semi-final hit can only make captain Pippo smile Volandri in view of the next one Davis Cup.
Miami Open, Swiatek wins and confirms that he deserves the scepter
Iga Swiatek from today it is the number one of the female circuit. And she would have been too if she had lost the Miami Open final to the reborn Naomi Osaka. For this reason, we feel we can attribute to its success a double meaning, which also goes beyond the Sunshine Double (eleventh ever to succeed). The Pole was called upon to confirm that she deserved the scepter and she did not disappoint her expectations, proving that she is, at this moment, the best player in the world in an undisputed way. Chapeau Iga!
Top and flops of the tennis week: the good and the bad weather in Miami
Top character of the week: Carlos Alcaraz. Nothing else to add about a guy we talked about so much and we will talk about in no time soon. Phenomenon.
The flop character of the week: Nick Kyrgios. Honestly, we have no problems: two numbers ago we indicated the Australian as the flop, while last week as the top. It is up to him to decide “which side to take”. A little balance Nick?
No change at the top of the ATP circuit: Novak Djokovic he staggered heavily but ultimately retained his world number one status (8420 points). How long will it be like this? It depended on Daniil Medvedev (8410), second ranked force, the Serbian leadership could be safe at least for a while, given that the Russian, after the elimination in the Miami quarter-finals, will be stationary for a couple of months due to a hernia . Behind them was the German Alexander Zverev (7195), who thanks to the quarterfinals centered in the American tournament ousted the convalescent Rafa Nadal (7115). In fifth place, Stefanos stable Tsitsipas (5980), chased by a very compact group composed in that order by Matthew Berrettini (4945), Casper Ruud (4380) and Andrei Rublev (4375). For the Norwegian, finalist in Miami, it is best ranking (+1). To close the top-10 Felix-Auger Aliassime (3625) and Cameron Norrie (3440). Even the latter has just obtained the best placement in his career (+2).
And Sinner? Jannik, having overtaken Hubert Hurkacz (now 14th with 2873pt) and having been overtaken by Norrie and Carlos Alcaraz (3411), unfortunately lost one position overall. So, in summary, the Spaniard (the youngest winner ever in the Masters 1000 in Miami) moved from sixteenth position to eleventh, while the blue moved from eleventh to twelfth.
As for Lorenzo Sonego, his fifth consecutive defeat did not cause any jolt to his ranking: Sonny is still clinging to 21st place. Fabio Fogninion the other hand, he gained two positions, climbing to 32. Lorenzo Musetti and Marco Sniperfinally, they lost two and four, reaching 82 and 97 respectively. A blue came out of the top-100: it is Gianluca Magerwho is relegated by ten places and is now number 109. A rather bitter result.
However, looking to the horizon, the Italtennis can smile. Yes, because Flavio Cobollifresh from his first Challenger title obtained last week in Croatia, has moved up eighteen places to number 147. While Luca Nardi of positions it has gained 66, settling at 231.
WTA ranking: not only Swiatek, other news on the podium. And Osaka …
All the spotlights are now rightly on the new number one Iga Swiatek. But, considering Ash Barty’s farewell, there are also news for the rest of the podium, with Barbora Kreijcikova and Paula Badosa which moved to second and third place respectively. Also noteworthy is the entry into the top-10 of Danielle-Rose Collins (8) and the rising of Naomi Osaka from 77th to 35th square. The Japanese would seem to have regained the confidence to try to re-enter the Olympus of this sport.
Camila Giorgi has gained a spot and is now number 30. Jasmine Paolini she lost three and is now 48. Lucia Bronzettigreat protagonist in Miami, has climbed 17 positions and is now number 85. Martina Trevisanfinally, he gained two positions and is now at 86.
The weekly program – From Houston to Marrakech, from Bogota to Charleston: tennis is tinged with red
In the current week there are four tournaments between ATP and WTA, all on clay. From Houston to Charleston the world of tennis turns red!
ATP Houston, Italians at the start – Nobody.
ATP Marrakech, Italians at the start – Main draw: Stefano Travaglia, Lorenzo Musetti, Marco Cecchinato. Qualifications: Gian Marco Moroni, Andrea Vavassori.
WTA Bogotà, Italians at the start – Main draw: Lucrezia Stefanini, Sara Errani.
WTA Charleston, Italians at the start – Main draw: Jasmine Paolini.
Challenger: Nardi triumph in Lugano. Victories also for Munar, Elias, Bagnis, Draper and Sherif
And we finally come to Luca Nardiwho beating the host Leandro in the final Stand back took over the Lugano Challenger (indoor concrete). For the Pesaro it is the second seal in the cadet circuit, the one that brings him a lot closer to the qualifications of the Roland Garros. In fact, if the almost nineteen-year-old Italian were to manage to scrape together a few more points in the next tournaments, Paris would no longer be just a dream. Believing it costs nothing and, given how he overcame the various Grenier, Setkic, Kym, Stebe and Riedi, Luca would seem to have all the credentials to hit the big bang. If he doesn’t succeed, patience. But certainly this guy will make a lot of talk about himself in the rest of 2022 and beyond.
Victories also for the Spaniard Jaume Munarfor the Portuguese Gastao Eliasfor the Argentine Facundo Bagnis and for the British Jack Draper, who have won over all respectively in Marbella (Spain, clay), Oeiras (Portugal, clay), Pereira (Colombia, clay indoor) and Saint Brieuc (France, concrete indoor). For Draper, born in 2001, this is the fourth success of the season after the hat-trick in Forlì. Finally, in the only female Challenger held last week, in Marbella (clay), the title for Mayar Sherifalmost 26 years old Egyptian from today number 61 in the world.
The weekly program: five tournaments and many Italians
There are five Challenger circuit tournaments staged this week: Sanremo (Italy, clay), Oeiras 2 (Portugal, clay), Salinas (Ecuador, concrete), Murcia (Spain, clay), Mexico City (Mexico, clay).
Sanremo, Italians at the start – Main draw: Giulio Zeppieri, Matteo Gigante, Flavio Cobolli, Matteo Arnaldi, Riccardo Bonadio, Andrea Arnaboldi, Matteo Donati, Thomas Fabbiano, Francesco Forti, Gianluca Mager, Francesco Passaro, Edoardo Lavagno.
Oeiras 2, Italians at the start – Main draw: Luciano Darderi, Alessandro Giannessi, Simone Roncalli.
Murcia, Italians at the start – Main draw: Lorenzo Giustino, Raul Brancaccio, Andrea Pellegrino.
ITF: Chiesa’s race stops in the final
After two years marked by physical suffering, Deborah church she became the protagonist of a good exploit in Antalya, Turkey, where she managed to catch the final. However, the ’96 class of Trentino saw his first career professional title slip away from the hand of the nineteen-year-old Greek Sapfo Sakellaridialready executioner in the semifinals of the other blue Lisa Pigato.
All the other winners of the week
Male – Hamad MedjedovicAntalya 8 (Turkey, clay); Oscar WeightmanMonastir 12 (Tunisia, concrete); Peter FajtaSharm El Sheikh 7 (Egypt, hard); Jason KublerCanberra 4 (Australia, clay); Santiago Fa Rodriguez TavernaRosario, Santa Fe (Argentina, clay).
Female – Linda NoskovaCroissy-Beaubourg (France, indoor concrete); Sakura HosogiMonastir 9 (Tunisia, concrete); Pei-Chi LeeSharm El Sheikh 7 (Egypt, hard); About Jeong Jang, Canberra 2 (Australia, clay). (The verdict in Pretoria, South Africa to be defined: final suspended between Glushko and Tikhonova).