Open Era: Italian best players

BTURNER

Legend
Oops I thought that this was about THE Italian's best players. In other words players who did exceptionally well in the Italian Championships.
 

urban

Legend
Antonio Zugarelli was a regular member of the DC squad in the 1970s, won Bastad 1976. Italy had always good, mostly unorthodox players like De Mopurgo, Di Stefani, Cucelli, Beppe Merlo, Sirola. Pietrangeli is not to be underrated, he was one of the best clay courters in his era and won his RG and Italian titles against tough competition, including young Gimeno, Ayala, Laver, Emerson and others and lost 2 further, very close RG finals to Santana. Overall, Sutter credits him with 53 (mostly clay) titles.
 

EloQuent

G.O.A.T.
Sorry to grammar **** on you but it should be "best Italian players" not "Italian best players".

Anyways. That list has way more women than men, I wonder why that is?
 

hoodjem

G.O.A.T.
Oops I thought that this was about THE Italian's best players. In other words players who did exceptionally well in the Italian Championships.
Nadal
Evert
Pietrangeli
Martinez
Borg
Laver
Sabatini
Djokovic
Drobny
Smith-Court
Bueno
Courier
Lendl
Muster
Mulligan
Palmieri
Năstase
Gomez
Kodes
Roche
Orantes
Panatta
Hingis
Wade
Nestor
 

Phoenix1983

G.O.A.T.
The very similarly named Panatta and Pennetta top the list for Italian men and women in the Open Era.

Schiavone 2nd for the women, not sure who for the men.
 

KG1965

Legend
Paolo Cane?
Thank you treblings because your post allows me to tell you a story (which otherwise I would have forgotten).
It was the 1977-81 period, I really enjoyed playing tennis and after finishing school, living in Milan, I had the opportunity to attend an under 16 tournament (at that time it was one of the top 2 tournaments in the world, among the winners there are Lendl and Borg).
So I went to the tennis club and among the many courts I was there all day to see how the future champions they played tennis.
I saw Edberg and Cash play among others, but also many other very good players who did not replicate in their ATP career.

So I happened to watch Canè's match in a secondary court. He was very good, he had a great bh, the body was as dry as all the champions of the 70s.
I don't remember the exact year it was, but I remember how it was now that the italian got angry 10 times compared to McEnroe, broke the racket and swore at continuous to the address of god. A broken disk v god, v god, v god. In the end he was warned, but the curses did not cease. He was expelled.
 
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Thank you treblings because your post allows me to tell you a story (which otherwise I would have forgotten).
It was the 1977-81 period, I really enjoyed playing tennis and after finishing school, living in Milan, I had the opportunity to attend an under 16 tournament (at that time it was one of the top 2 tournaments in the world, among the winners there are Lendl and Borg).
So I went to the tennis club and among the many courts I was there all day to see how the future champions they played tennis.
I saw Edberg and Cash play among others, but also many other very good players who did not replicate in their ATP career.

So I happened to watch Canè's match in a secondary court. He was very good, he had a great bh, the body was as dry as all the champions of the 70s.
I don't remember the exact year it was, but I remember how it was now that the italian got angry 10 times compared to McEnroe, broke the racket and swore at continuous to the address of god. A broken disk v god, v god, v god. In the end he was warned, but the curses did not cease. He was expelled.
I saw quite a few matches with him on television in the late 80's and early 90's. His backhand was ok, but mostly sliced. His forehand was his prime weapon. Mastered every shot but he had rather weak legs and his stamina wasn't too good either. But always pretty entertaining and flashy.
 
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