Bonfiglio Trophy: only Niccolò Ciavarella remains

It was understood that this edition would not have been especially favorable for the blue colors after the presentation of the markers. None of our players, in fact, had had “merit” access to the draw but they were all “in” either because they benefited from a wild card or because they passed the previous phase.

If the balance of the first day had not been happy for the Azzurri (4 wins and 7 losses), the second day of matches was worse, with an eloquent 1-9 that can only worry us.

Therefore, we have gladly deepened the knowledge of the only blue survivor, Nicholas Ciavarellawho entered the main draw with three qualifying victories, before breaking out in the first round against a tough opponent like Thai Tanapatt Nirundorn, number 55 in the junior world ranking.

A very fun match -for the benefit of the Milanese public who still defied a temperature that reached 31 degrees- and complicated, especially due to the characteristics of the rival who never gave rhythm to the Roman -born in 2004- playing constantly projected tennis to attack, to the sound of serves & volleyball and drops to the net.

A match that had to be won first with the head and then with the shots: “The head was fundamental – Niccolò told us after the match – because I like to hit a lot of balls while he always reached the net and never let me change from below. At every point I had to play the bystander, sometimes he even appeared on my first. For a set and a half I always went down the line, then he got it and I had to change my strategy a bit.”

In the middle of the second set, in fact, Ciavarella lost break advantage and some clarity and was forced to cancel a set point, in the tenth game before he could raise his arms to the sky, settling the score. by 6-4 and 7-5 that earned him Wednesday’s match against Lithuanian Vilius Gaubas.

“I come from a good moment -he added- after a year, 2021, very difficult due to the lack of results. Now I go out on the field with a great desire to play and I have found the hunger for victory”. A student of Valerio Prisco, Niccolò trains at the Eur Sporting Club in Rome. “With Valerio I started playing tennis when I was 5 years old and I owe it to him if I got here.”

A rival, Gaubas, whom Ciavarella knows well: the two met less than a year ago in Charleroi (Belgium), with the Eastern European player winning the third set, also after the Lazio player won the first set with a dry 6-0. It means that the gap between the two is not as wide as the ITF ranking suggests (118 Ciavarella, 39 Gaubas), so there may be a game in the land of via Arimondi, hoping to bring at least one Italian flag. to the second round.

“I will have to be able to maintain a high intensity throughout the match, because a fluctuating performance at this level does not allow you to win.”

Off the field Ciavarella is a quiet boy (“much more so than on the field”). His idol has always been Novak Djokovic but he doesn’t like to watch tennis on television. “I like to spend time with friends, especially with my ‘colleague’ Daniele Meneghini with whom I have a deep friendship. I learned a lot from him and he really helped me a lot to improve my tennis.”

Nothing to do for the other four azzurros who had already won the second round on Monday. Called to the field the next day for the second round, no one was a favorite and everyone gave in to their respective rivals, but still leaving excellent indications.

The most precious wine of Sardinia Lorenzo Carboniable to play three sets on a par with the number 2 in the world (and first seeded by Bonfiglio) Daniel Vallejo, forced to show his claws so as not to fall prematurely and promoted to distance 4-6 6-4 6-4.

Good tests also for Federico Bondioli (defeated 6-2 2-6 6-1 by the Slovakian Privara) and for the 15-year-old Federico Cina (defeated 6-3 6-3 by defending champion Gonzalo Bueno), while picking up little giacomo noseimaybe tired after yesterday’s rehearsal.

Nothing to do even for the blues who competed in the first round: they only gave up one set in five games, the one won by the Friulian Margherita Marcon in the duel he lost 6-2 5-7 6-3 against the Belgian Lambrecht.

Men’s marker, second round

E. Butvilas (Ltu) b. T. Pires (France) 6-3 6-1, C. Van Schalkwyk (Nam) b. A. Blockx (Bel) 6-4 3-6 6-4, P. Privara (Svk) b. F. Bondioli (Ita) 6-2 2-6 6-1, D. Vallejo (Par) b. L. Carboni (Ita) 4-6 6-4 6-4, E. Quinn (United States) b. G. Nosei (Ita) 6-0 6-2, G. Bueno (Per) b. F. Cina (Ita) 6-3 6-3, B. Artnak (Slo) b. C. Koshis (Chip) 6-2 6-4, G. Campana Lee (Kor) b. P. Barbier Gazeu (Fra) 6-4 7-5.

Women’s score, second round

L. Udvardy (Hun) b. M. El Allami (March) 6-1 2-6 6-1, L. Hovde (USA) b. A. Mert (Tur) 6-1 6-3, T. Preston (Australia) b. A. Gureva (Rus) 2-6 6-3 7-5, A. Lopata (Ukr) b. N. Daubnerova (Svk) 6-4 7-6 (3), A. El Aouni (Mar) b. P. López (USA) 6-3 6-3.

Men’s marker, first round

J. Braswell (USA) b. H. Matsuoka (Jpn) 7-5 6-0, J. Loutit (Nzl) b. E. Arutunian (Blr) 6-2 7-6 (3), L. Gavrielides (Ger) b. R. Sakamoto (Jpn) 6-3 6-2, N. Basavareddy (United States) b. M. Krajci (Svk) 6-4 6-1, L. Tien (USA) b. A. Versteegh (Ita) 6-2 6-1, G. Bailly (Bel) b. D. Dietrich (Sui) 6-4 7-5, N.Ciavarella (English) b. T. Nirundorn (Tha) 6-4 7-5, L. Jones (Jpn) b. D. Badenhorst (Rsa) 6-3 6-4, A. Razeghi (United States) b. B. Djuric (Srb) 6-1 6-4.

Women’s score, first round

D. Shnaider (Russia) b. P. Paukstyte (Ltu) 6-2 7-6 (8), C. Naef (Sui) b. E. Milic (Slo) 6-4 6-2, A. Korneeva (Rus) b. A. Xu (Can) 2-6 6-3 6-4, M. Ercan (Tur) b. S. Ahlawat (Ind) 7-5 6-0, V. Mboko (Can) b. A. Theodosescu (Ita) 6-2 6-4, V. Yang (Nzl) b. M. Jessup (Tpe) 2-6 6-4 6-2, S. costulas (Bel) b. L. Peyre (Arg) 6-2 7-6 (7), J. Svendsen (Den) b. Saint Stefano (Ita) 6-3 6-2, M. Lambrecht (Bel) b. M. Marcon (Ita) 6-2 5-7 6-3, S. Ishii (Jpn) b. E. Di Muzio (Ita) 6-2 6-1, M. Andreeva (Rus) b. M. Joint (USA) 6-1 7-6 (8), N. Vargova (Svk) vs I. Jovic (USA) 7-5 4-6 6-4, L. Ciric Bagaric (Cro) b. Ana Paradisi (Ita) 6-1 6-2.

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