31 Aug 2017

Giovannini, Burmakin upset world champions in Saarlouis


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ITF Beach Tennis Open Saarlouis

Italy’s Tommaso Giovannini and Russia’s Nikita Burmakin defeated world champions Michele Cappelletti and Luca Carli in a semifinal thriller before going on to win the title at the ITF Beach Tennis Open Saarlouis.

Seeded third, Giovannini and Burmakin defeated the top seeds and world champions 64 16 64 in a match lasting almost two hours in the semifinals before overcoming No. 2 seeds Luca Cramarossa and Marco Garavini 64 63 in the final.

In the women’s event, 2016 world champions Joana Cortez and Rafaella Miiller enjoyed a successful tournament, winning without dropping a set, capping it off with a 62 61 victory over top seeds Sofia Cimatti and Flaminia Daina in the final.

The tournament, which offers the highest prize money of any event on the ITF Beach Tennis Tour in mainland Europe, was hailed a success by organisers, who pulled off the feat of hosting a beach tennis event in a city over 100 miles from the coast.

“It was a fantastic tournament. I am convinced that this event has great potential for expansion over the next few years,” Klaus Bouillon, the regional minister of sports and the interior, said.

Trucks brought 400 tons of sand into the city’s market place, with 600 fans able to pack into to the tournament’s centre court for the finals.

“We’ve really enjoyed playing in the middle of the city. It was fun, and the atmosphere was amazing,” Cramarossa said.

Marion Jost, mayor of Saarlouis, was attended the event as a spectator. “This has been an absolutely unique event here in Saarlouis,” she said. “I am really enthusiastic about it and have only received positive feedback.” 



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