Florence Open from 10 to 16 October at Palazzo Wanny
Great tennis returns to the city after 28 years with its most promising stars, from Berrettini to Musetti and Sonego
The UniCredit Firenze Open, the tournament that brings great tennis back to Florence after 28 years and attracts the strongest players from Italy and beyond, will be played at Palazzo Wanny from 10 to 16 October.
The most eagerly awaited players are Matteo Berrettini, Lorenzo Musetti and Lorenzo Sonego, who, together with foreign stars Felix Auger-Aliassime and Maxime Cressy, make for a high-level roster of participants. The eagerly awaited top player from Trentino, Jannik Sinner, on the other hand, had to withdraw due to his recent injury. Everyone in Florence is also aiming to collect precious points to win a place at the Nitto Atp Finals in Turin, scheduled from 13 to 20 November.
"We are really pleased to bring top-level tennis back to a city like Florence and to be able to do so with a parterre of champions like the one entered today. Our sport is living an extraordinary moment in Italy, studded with a series of great events organised by the Federation with the support of the institutions,' said Angelo Binaghi, President of the Italian Tennis Federation.
The Atp in Florence will be played on Green Set courts, with a 28-player draw for the singles and 16 pairs for the doubles. From Monday to Saturday there will be two playing sessions, one during the day and one in the evening: from Monday 10th the day session will start at 11 a.m. and the evening session at 7.30 p.m.; on Saturday 15th it will start at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. respectively. On Sunday 16th the finals of singles (5 p.m.) and doubles (3 p.m.) are scheduled.
The last time the ATP circuit made a stop in Florence was in 1994, when the 22nd edition of the CT Florence tournament was played on clay. Its roll of honour includes two world number 1s: Ilie Nastase, winner in 1973, and Thomas Muster, author of a consecutive hat-trick from 1991 to 1993. There are seven victories by Italian tennis players, including Paolo Bertolucci's three wins in a row from 1975 to 1977.
A perfect opportunity, this, to also get to know the new Palazzo Wanny, inaugurated at the beginning of 2022. A multifunctional sports facility with gym and sports hall, donated to the city of Florence by Wanny di Filippo, founder of Il Bisonte, the famous Florentine leather goods brand. Built in the sports area of San Bartolo a Cintoia, in Florence's District 4, it has a capacity of about 3500 spectators and is equipped with a bar-restaurant, gym, conference hall, concert hall, hospitality area and many other activities.