Sopra, l’ex Davisman Alessio Di Mauro. A destra, il collerico e spettacolare austriaco Daniel Koellerer Above, the ex-Davisman Alessio Di Mauro. Right, Daniel Koellerer, irascible and spectacular austrian tennis-player
Champions’ rackets at Villa Olmo Next year Argentinean Maximo Gonzalez won against Belgian Chistophe Rochus, who has been one of the ﬁst thirty players in the world. The year before it was the turn of Simone Bolelli, presented by the experts in the ﬁeld as the most fulgid Italian talent since Adriano Panatta’s days. So it is no surprise that today the 22 year old Bolognese is already among the ﬁrst 50 worldwide, as well as the best Italian at Roland Garros (world hard court championship), eliminated only in third round. Illustrious precedents that well describe the target of the “Città di Como” Challenger, which will be back also this year at the end of August to please the Lariano fans: it is that of gathering for the same competition both talented young players and veterans willing to gain points to reascend the world table. So, adhering to this logic, on Villa Olmo’s courts over the years we have seen athletes of the calibre of Davide Sanguinetti (winner of two Atp prizes in his career, in Milan where he won against Roger Federer and in Delray Beach), Younes el Ayanaoui (Moroccan, in the past world number 14 and winner of ﬁve Atp prizes, as well as protagonist of one of the longest matches in the history of tennis, when at the Australia Open, in the quarter-ﬁnals, he lost against Andy Roddick for 21-19 in the 5th set), but also Jiri Vanek and Victor Hanescu, in the past world’s 35 th, and the already mentioned
Rochus. And this year the tournament will be even better, taking place from 23rd August - date of start of the qualiﬁcation tournament for the main table - to the ﬁnal on 31st August, St. Abbondio’s day, patron saint of the town of Como. Curiosity that makes the event even more appealing. There will be changes, mainly regarding the stands around the main court and the scoreboards - says Giulio Pini, president of Tennis Como and of the Organizing Committee - The stands have been in fact enhanced, lowered and will seat a hundred more tennis lovers. - During the last two years we have always sold out at weekends and often also in weekdays. But we do not want to expand capacity too much. We prefer a smaller setting full off people rather than roomy but less lively stands. Also on the court, as I said, there will be innovation. We will place at the corners of the main court two score boards, like those in Wimbledon - Mr. Pini concludes - Another novelty is represented by the three wild cards (invitation to participate to the tournament w.n.) that we entrust to the Italian Federation to attract the under 16, under 18 and emerging players. Our hope is that Lario will host and get to know more future champions, just like it happened with Bolelli.
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