Mamma Roma’s twenties • Ok Tennis

Being twenty years old and enjoying them in Rome. Sinner, Musetti, Zeppo since yesterday, who was born in Rome and hardly ever lived there. But he returned recently, almost on a journey back to find himself. Children discovering the world, separated by a few months apart, by a net and a racket.

United instead by age and by having left here, a city “that is not like the others, but rather a room to tiptoe over” (Alberto Sordi). Sinner in 2019, Musetti the following year, Giulio Zeppieri this year. Spellbound by something in the air, perhaps a magic, the same one that made Goethe write that only in Rome is it possible to prepare oneself to understand Rome. Carefree children, at least for once, because “Rome has this good, it does not judge, it absolves” (Flaiano), and whoever does not understand it cannot stay in Rome.

Zeppieri and Musetti, where Zeppo is Muso. Lorenzo is there in the stands, with the beautiful bandage tight on his sore thigh, which has prevented him from being on the pitch. He tries his luck on the other side, and encourages thanks to the friendship that binds him to his brother racket him. And Giulio has a great desire to be like Lorenzo for once, which he often narrowly beats him to. He thinks his time has come, and he goes back and teams up with Maxime Cressy, the American from Paris, even a graduate in mathematics, who plays the old-fashioned tennis, all attacking. Come on Zeppo, “Rome is the city of echoes, of illusions, of desire” (Giotto), don’t you feel it too?

Cressy is 24 years old, number 59, now 64, finalist in January in the Melbourne Summer Set, defeated by Nadal. She knows tennis, she is in the ranking only because Rome is a high-level tournament, and she is the favorite, because Zeppo is strong, he is left-handed, he is growing, but he still does not have one. tournament experience that matters. Giulio has recently arrived at Giuseppe Fischetti’s Enjoy Tennis Center in Rome after ten years at Latina with Piero Melaranci. He is someone who loves to become aware of things in person, he wants to touch them first hand and understand how to change them in the course of work. He puts up a murky 14-point game at the start of the second set, Maxime wastes and he piles up. He takes the break and never gives up. He has one more thing than the inexperienced young player of a while ago, he has learned to seize opportunities. Cressy offered her half and was punished. They go to third playing equal to equal, and the obvious conclusion is in the tie break. In Pietrangeli there is the public of great occasions, and Zeppo now knows it, he can also be a great occasion. He wins and almost apologizes to the opponent.

He, a Roman, Rome got it back. “A stadium that encourages you is the greatest emotion. Being on the table is an experience that will follow me all my life. The sequel will be today on Central against Khachanov, number 8 three years ago. “A huge hurdle, which I can’t wait to tackle.” He adds a shared thought, about the Italy of the twentysomethings that he also represents since yesterday. “Each of us has his own times and a path to follow. Sinner and Musetti are extraordinary players and they are proving it, but I also think I can say something in this sport. I’m finally having the same experiences they had before me.”

Sinner was born on August 16, 2001, Zeppo on December 7 of the same year, Musetti on March 3, 2002. Jannik made his Forum debut on May 12, 2019 beating Steve Johnson. Now Pedro Martínez is waiting for him, a Spaniard who won his first tournament this year, in Santiago. He comes from a bad defeat with Auger-Aliassime in Madrid, our Semola. “He had never taken an extension like this. I’m trying to change the game, put more things on the field, it’s a road that hasn’t been completed yet. Sometimes I get confused, it happens. But I am more and more convinced that it is the right path. If he wins, he will wait for Fognini for the derby or for Thiem, the Austrian who was once, before the long injury, called Dominator.

Musetti conquered the Romans the following year, on September 15, 2020. He passed the qualifications by once again beating Zeppieri. And he finished off Wawrinka and Nishikori. High examples, as you can see. Giulio’s friends are in 12th and 63rd place in the ranking, he is still in 228th. But the emotion is the same as that of the one who preceded him. Zeppo met her yesterday. And from today he can agree with Stendhal on one point: “The happiness that can be aspired to in Rome is that of the great passions.”

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