Davis Cup, Slam final (for now) and Top four: Sinner and those good blue boys who make you dream


By John

For a few years now there has been talk of spring in Italian tennis. We go much further because yes, we are in the most prosperous era for Italy. Nobody like Sinner he has never come so close to the number one in the world. Only Italy led by Pietrangeli and with Panatta spearhead had managed to win the Davis Cup in history before Jannik and his companions. Our national team had also won some slams, but 48 years have passed (Panatta triumphed in France, winning the Roland Garros, just like Pietrangeli a few years earlier, in two editions). Then it was the turn of the blue Francesca Schiavone (also Roland Garros, 2010) and Flavia Pennetta (US Open, 2015).

Beyond the successes and rankings, what is surprising is the quantity and quality of the Italian tennis players in the Top 100. Because behind Sinner there is always that Lorenzo Musetti waiting to finally blossom. Matteo is on the rise Arnaldi (37th) and always consistently in the top 50 Lorenzo Sonego (46th). Also worth keeping an eye on is the rise of Flavio Cobolligreat protagonist of these Australian Open (76th), as well as Giulio Zeppieri (110). Without considering Fabio Fognini (101) who is not stopping fighting even though he is no longer a young man and especially that Matteo Berrettini who, without the physical problems, would undoubtedly be worth the Top Ten. Yes, Berettini, the last Italian to have faced a Slam final (losing at Wimbledon against the usual Djokovic). A great spring for our tennis.