Ernests Gulbis (right) with Dragoljub Kladarin, physical trainer at the Piatti Tennis Center. The former top-10 Latvian is one of the professional tennis players based in Bordighera
On the one hand, there are the youngsters, who work there at the Piatti Tennis Center to lay the foundations for their future and in recent weeks have stood out on several occasions in some of the most important international youth tournaments. On the other hand, however, there are the many established professionals who repeatedly come to Bordighera for consultations, having identified the ideal structure to rely on at the center. It was only in April that the already long list of “pros” who asked Riccardo Piatti’s team for help was enriched by three more big names, led by baby star Emma Raducanu. The 19-year-old Briton, winner of the last Us Open, stopped by Bordighera to learn about the Piatti team and the center-back’s working methods, then passed the ball to two other big names on the racket. First it was the turn of the Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, number 19 ATP, who arrived at the Côte d’Azur to recover from the wrist problem that forced him to abandon the tournaments in Monte Carlo and Barcelona and prepare properly for the most important part. of the clay season. Later it was the turn of Milos Raonic, the Canadian who in 2016 under the direction of Piatti reached the Wimbledon final and number 3 in the world, and seemed ready for even more important results. Then, a long series of physical problems slowed him down, so much so that he has not been seen on the circuit since August, but he did not lose the desire to try again and for this he asked his former coach for help, for a week of tests. sports and work in the field.
“All these visits – says Luigi Bertino, director of the Piatti Tennis Center – confirm our vocation: the center was born as a base for young people who want to embark on the professional path, but also as a structure capable of providing already established tennis players with services of excellence. from all points of view: technical, sports, physiotherapy, medical and mental.The fact that more and more players decide to trust us for advice is proof of the quality of what we offer, without forgetting those who train here at full time.” The allusion is to Marta Kostyuk, to new entry Lesia Tsurenko but also to former top 10 Ernests Gulbis, who chose Bordighera during the preparation period and has since become a regular. With them, as mentioned , many young protagonists at the international level: just in the last few weeks Lorenzo Ferri has won two of the historic events on the Italian youth calendar, the Itf his b 18 Grade 2 in Florence and Salsomaggiore Terme (where Giacomo Nosei reached the final in doubles), while Tyra Grant at 14 was among the under 18s in Delray Beach, Florida. And that’s not all: Filippo Garbero won a Tennis Europe U14 tournament in Tirana, Albania, and sixteen-year-old Ela Nala Milic reached the final at the prestigious ITF U18 Grade 1 in Beaulieu-sur-Mer, France. ), starting even from the qualifiers. Results that certify the growth of each one of them and also the value of a method that works better and better, both with those who are already champions and with those who want to be.