Tennis, on the hunt for another sinner: the junior internationals, the Bonfiglio trophy in Milan

The presentation before the Foro Italico, the immediately subsequent meetings. Because between the Bonacossa and Rome tournaments there is a very close link: both are the international tennis players, the absolute ones of the Forum, under 18 in the Milanese club with the most history. Not only. The champions of tomorrow have always emerged from the Bonfiglio trophy, which fans find again a few years later in Rome. “And please, come the first days so that you can see them all” is the invitation of Enrico Cerutipresident of the Lombard Federtennis.

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The tournament will be played from May 14 on the clay courts of via Arimondi and precisely to avoid overlaps with the most important internationals, the organization has decided to advance the presentation. And entering the rooms of Tennis Milano always has a unique charm, you breathe history. It will be the 62nd edition, as always in memory of a tennis player with great hopes who passed away too soon. The story that pertains to the club’s walls and courts was told. It is enough to take a look at the honor roll, or rather, at the different scores over the years to realize the value of a tournament that is considered the fifth Grand Slam for future young tennis players. The last to win and now occupy a place among the top five in the world are the Germans Zverev and the greek Tsitsipas. But here they won panata, Barazzutti, Lendl, Kafelnikov, Messenger while they were removed before Edberg and Federer.

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Same fate for the two stars of an Italian tennis that has never shone like it is right now: Jannik Sinner and Matteo Berrettini. The first, then sixteen, defeated in 2018 in the quarterfinals by the Japanese Taijma, the second in 2014 was even eliminated in the first round against the Australian bourchier. However, both have done it, are doing it and will continue to lead. Perfect testimony of how youth should be a tool for growth and how Bonfiglio is a true spectacle for tennis lovers who want to look forward. Back to the usual date, the Covid had forced the organizers to cancel the tournament in 2020 and move it to the middle of last year’s summer but now fortunately the horizon has changed and all that remains is to wait for the first exchanges, surely we will be able to see in the paths between the trees and in the red fields a champion of tomorrow.

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