the week of tennis on Manic Monday

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 and beyond …

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So many emotions on the Miami concrete, with Jannik Sinner and Lucia Bronzetti who managed to earn the round of 16 of the tournament by fighting with nails and teeth. Furthermore, the second Masters 1000 of the season was marked by a real Nick show Kyrgios, who finally decided to get serious after months spent on the sidelines. And again, great satisfactions for Italtennis in the Challenger and ITF circuits with four titles in total. The highlight of the past week, however, was Ashleigh’s retirement Bartythe number one who suddenly decided to leave the world of professional tennis.

Ashleigh Barty’s retirement

Barty retires, the reactions of her colleagues

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The farewell of Ashleigh Barty came like a bolt from the blue: at 26 years still to be accomplished, a few weeks after her first triumph at the Australian Open, the girl who grew up in Queensland has displaced the entire tennis universe. Barty has retired, the sport has lost one of its greatest champions, the only one on the contemporary women’s circuit to truly thrill fans.

Barty’s words

“Today is a difficult and emotional day for me. I announce my retirement from tennis. I’ve been thinking about it for a long time, and I’ve had very important moments in my career. Winning Wimbledon last year changed me a lot as a person and as an athlete. There has been a change of perspective in this second part of my career. My happiness no longer depended on results. Success, as I define it, is knowing that you have given everything I could give. Someone may not understand, and I understand it. But for me, Ash Barty, there are so many dreams that don’t include traveling the world to play tennis, staying away from my family and home. I will never stop loving tennis, it has been a fundamental part of my life and always will be, but now I want to enjoy the next chapter of my life as Ash Barty the person, and not Ash Barty the athlete. I am so grateful for all that this sport has given me and I leave feeling proud and fulfilled. Thanks to everyone who has supported me along this path, I will always be grateful for the memories we have created together throughout our lives ”.

Miami Open: Sinner ahead as a true top player

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After Matteo’s forfeit Berrettini and Lorenzo’s defeats SonegoFabio Fognini and Lorenzo Musettiis Jannik Sinner to carry the Italian flag high in Miami. The South Tyrolean, who received a bye in the first round, reached the round of 16 by beating Emil Ruusuvuori and Pablo Carreno Busta. In both cases, the blue was one step away from the abyss but has shown that he is now a ‘finished’ top-player, especially from the mental aspect of him. The next test of him will be Nick Kyrgios, who gave himself the second round overcoming Adrian Manarino, Andrej Rubev and Fabio Fognini. Against the Russian number seven in the world, the Australian even won 6-3 6-0. Found! Daniil also did well MedvedevAlexander ZverevStefanos TsitsipasCarlos AlcarazCasper Ruud and Cameron Norrie. Important exploits of Thanasi Kokkinakis (eighths) and the Cerundolo brothers, with Juan Manuel who went up to the sixteenths and with Francisco who hit the eighths.

Miami Open: Bronzetti in the second round, Osaka and Swiatek also ok. Shines Fruhvirtova

Miami Open, today's program with Bronzetti and the double Fognini / Bolelli

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As for women, Italian tennis can rejoice with Lucia Bronzetti. The Romagna has reached the second round starting from the qualifiers and will see her in the afternoon with Daria Saville (Gavrliova). Ok Naomi Osaka and Iga Swiatek, the two biggest suspects to inherit the scepter of number one in the world after Ash Barty’s retirement. Linda’s star continues to shine Fruhvirtova, Czech born in 2005, who after several victories in the ITF circuit is carving out a leading role also in the WTA. At 17 years old as a campiere, she will play the entrance to the quarter-finals against the Spanish Paula Badosa.

Top and flop of the week of tennis: Kyrgios and Sonego

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Top character of the week: Nick Kyrgios. If he wants to, he can, and he is proving it. Nothing else to add about a single player, for better or for worse.

The flop character of the week: Lorenzo Sonego. In Miami came the fifth consecutive defeat for the Turin player. We need to wake up, otherwise the collapse in the ranking will be inevitable.

ATP and WTA ranking: stand-by situation

As we all know, when there is a Masters 1000 in progress, the update of both rankings is suspended. Therefore, we will have to wait until the beginning of next week to understand if Miami will have caused some shock in terms of rankings.

Challenger: Cobolli and Jubb’s first time. Halys again, a title also for Rodionov

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Four Challenger tournaments staged last week: Zadar (Croatia, clay), Santa Cruz (Bolivia, clay), Lille (France, indoor concrete) e Biel (Switzerland, indoor concrete).

In Croatia came the first title for Flavio Cobolli, now a well-known face of Italian tennis. The blue born in 2002 inaugurated his showcase overcoming Serdarusic, Prizmic, Esteve Lobato, Guinard and, finally, Michalski. In all likelihood, we will see him in the top-150 very soon. It seems that the Roman has followed in the footsteps of some of his colleagues we know well …

Another first time took place in Bolivia, with Paul Jubb, British born in ’99, winner of the second edition of the Santa Cruz tournament. In Lille and Biel, on the other hand, the French Quentin won over all Halys and the Austrian Juri Rodionov. Special congratulations should be made to the transalpine, capable of winning four finals in this early 2022.

The weekly program

Six Challenger tournaments in the current week: Lugano (Switzerland, indoor concrete); Marbella male (Spain, clay); Marbella for women; Oeiras (Portugal, clay); Saint Brieuc (France, indoor concrete); Pereira (Colombia, clay).

The blues on the pitch

Lugano: Andrea Arnaboldi, Luca Nardi, Thomas Fabbiano.
Marbella for men: Marco Cecchinato, Andrea Pellegrino, Federico Gaio, Raul Brancaccio, Franco Agamenone.
Oeiras: Luciano Darderi, Gian Marco Moroni, Alessandro Giannessi, Riccardo Bonadio, Lorenzo Giustino, Giulio Zeppieri, Stefano Travaglia, Andrea Vavassori, Gianluca Mager.

Marbella for women: Martina Trevisan, Elisabetta Cocciaretto, Sara Errani.

ITF: Italtennis to scream with Lavagno, Oradini and Pigato. Bonadio and Ferrari surrender in the final

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Week to be framed for Italtennis in the ITF circuit, with Edoardo LavagnoJohn Oradini and Lisa Pigato winners respectively in Marrakech 2, Sharm El Sheikh 6 and Antalya 7.

Lavagno, born in Turin in 1998, won his fourth career title by beating the Romanian Ionel with the result of 6-4 6-2. While for Oradini and Pigato it was the first seal. The ’97 class of Rovereto regained the Russian comeback Kivattsev for 2-6 6-3 6-1. The 2003 class from Bergamo was able to rejoice by virtue of the retirement of Yoruk on the score of 6-2 3-6 3-1 (in favor of the blue).

Riccardo Bonadio and Gianmarco Ferrariinstead, they were defeated in the final by Valkusz (Opatija, Croatia) and Mochizuki (Antalya 7, Turkey). In any case, it was a good week for them too.

Instagram photo Oradini

Instagram photo Pigato

The other winners of the week

Male – Alexander DonskiMonastir 11 (Tunisia, concrete); Sidharth RawatNew Delhi (India, hard); Carlos Lopez MontagudPalmanova 2 (Spain, clay); Rinky HijikataCalabasas, (USA, hard); Jason KublerCanberra 3 (Australia, clay); Benjamin LockMedellin (Colombia, clay); Valentin VacherotQuinta Do Lago (Portugal, concrete); Kenny De SchepperToulouse-Balma (France, indoor concrete).

Women – Carlota Martinez CirezMarrakech 2 (Morocco, clay); Sakura Hosogi, Monastir 8 (Tunisia, concrete); Jessica Bouzas ManeiroPalmanova 2 (Spain, clay); Mariia TkachevaSharm ElSheikh 6 (Egypt, hard); Tamara KorpatschLe Havre (France, indoor clay); Suzan LamensMedellin (Colombia, clay); Moyuka UchijimaCanberra (Australia, clay).

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