Coach Vela Messina chasing the Italian dream


By John

Ct Vela Messina tries to write history. There is one scudetto to be won in the men’s tennis championship by the association chaired by Antonio Barberawhich faces the reigning champions Tc Sinalunga in the final today with the aim of fulfilling a dream cherished for a long time in recent years.

After the ritual warm-up phases, the final began at 10am (live on Supertennis, digital terrestrial channel 64 and on the Supertennix streaming platform) on the fast indoor greenset courts of the Circolo della Stampa Sporting in Turin.
The captain of the Peloritani Francesco Caputo has to give up Marco Trungelliti, who yesterday passed the semi-finals of a tournament in Spain with 15 thousand dollars in prize money and will therefore play the final with Pol Martin Tiffon, an athlete who defended the colors of Filari in the unfortunate A2 adventure. For the Italian-Argentine it was the last opportunity to collect points in the ATP ranking, essential for participating in the Australian Open qualifiers.
Number 1 of the Sicilian team, therefore, he will be Julien Ocleppo, who will close the singles heat in the match that will see him against Matteo Gigante. The meetings of numbers 3 and 4, which will take place at the same time, will open the proceedings.

Barring last-minute surprises, they will face the Austrian Gerald Melzer for the Sicilians and Marcello Serafini, while, in the other challenge, Giorgio Tabacco and, in all probability, the sixteen-year-old Andrea De Marchi, one of the most important prospects of the entire blue movement.
Then the cross between the number 2s will take place, namely Fausto Tabacco and the Spaniard Oriol Roca Batalla. The precedents between the two of them, both from this competitive year: on the red clay of Peurgia the Iberian prevailed in two sets, while on the outdoor hard court of Monastir the Messina triumphed in three. Closing the singles program – as anticipated – is the challenge between Ocleppo and Gigante. The two met in March in Zadar, Croatia. On that occasion Gigante won in three sets, but there was a balanced contest in every exchange until the end.
If one of the teams were to achieve a string of successes they would immediately sew the Tricolore onto their chest, otherwise there would be room for doubles, with Tc Vela Messina also having the Brazilian specialist Fernando Romboli at their disposal, ready to provide a precious contribution.