The reboot edition. This is how we could define the 38th “International Youth Tournament Sub 18 City of Prato” that has just been held in the fields of Tc Prato. After two years of hiatus caused by the pandemic, the entire city wanted to respond present and, during the week of competitions, between the preliminary rounds and the main draw, many pratonos took advantage of the first five minutes of available time to go to enjoy high-level tennis at the via Firenze club. In addition, athletes from up to 25 different nations paraded on the field, representing all continents, further demonstrating how this event is increasingly a flagship of Prato, capable of maintaining the name of a good citizen far beyond borders. regional and national. On the occasion of the finals of the men’s and women’s singles tournament and the doubles, in particular, there were many, several hundred, spectators of all ages who filled the stands of the “Ciardi-Focosi” central court to see the champions. in the morning
“It really was a great tournament. We were able to resume the path of a tradition that has lasted almost 40 years and that unfortunately had to be abruptly interrupted due to the Coronavirus pandemic”, comments the president of Tc Prato, Marco Romagnoli, satisfied. . “It was really a great emotion to see so many young people revitalize our club. For a week we were the center of the tennis world, with athletes from all over the world. I owe and want to thank the entire organization and those who believed in this event from the first moment”. For the record, the golden record of the tournament, full of great champions, was joined by the Japanese Sara Saito, who defeated the very young Alina Korneeva in the final, and the Canadian Jaden Weekes, who beat the New Zealander Jack Loutit. In men’s doubles, on the other hand, the Italians Nosei and Sciahbasi prevailed over the Krjaicj-Torrealba duo, while in the women’s doubles the couple formed by Patricja Paukstyte and Rebecca Munk Mortensen triumphed over the Korneeva-Simunyu duo.
“It was a truly one-of-a-kind event. And to see so many people attending such a show bodes well for the future of tennis,” Federtennis Toscana President Luigi Brunetti added. “It was great to be able to see the most talented youngsters from every country in the world on our fields. I am sure we will hear about many of these athletes in the future.”
As usual, the winners received the “Loris Ciardi Trophy”, the “Nations Trophy”, the “Marini Industrie Trophy” and the “Checcacci Concessionaria Trophy”. The final gloss is from the municipal councilor for sports Luca Vannucci: “The Municipality of Prato cannot fail to support events like this, which have a history, a shield and contribute to the image and prestige of Prato”, he concludes. “It was a sports festival and a good sign of optimism in the face of a long-awaited restart after the pandemic. We will always be together with those who organize international events that represent our city in the world”. The tournament director was Antonio Maccioni, while the referee was Riccardo De Biase. LM