12 Sep 2017

A decade of dominance

News Article

By Nick Fishpool

Photo: Tennis Europe2017 champions from Italy

SOZOPOL, BULGARIA: Italians winning at the European Championships has become a regular feature over the past ten years and this was a trend that was not about to change at the tenth Championships although strong competition was provided.

Luca Cramarossa and Marco Garavini made a successful defence of their European title with the second seeded Italian pairing not dropping a set and secured back-to-back titles with a close 76(7) 64 defeat of top seeds and current world champions Michele Cappelletti and Luca Carli in the final.

There was also success for the second seeds in the women's event where Federica Bacchetta and Giulia Gasparri brought an end to the reign of Sofia Cimatti and Flaminia Daina. The 2016 champs had been in impressive form coming into the final but were unable to keep their hands on the trophy going down 64 46 76(5) to their fellow Italians who now add the European crown to their world title.

Bacchetta and Garavini also teamed up to claim the mixed doubles title meaning that the second seeds in all three pro events emerged victorius at the expense of the number one seeds.

Probably the surprise package of these Championships were the Sammarinese pairing of Nicolo Bombini and Alvise Galli who reached the semifinals. During this impressive run by the duo who came into the tournament ranked at 228 and 245 respectively, the pair knocked out the fourth seeded Russians Nikita Burmakin and Nikolay Guryev in the quarterfinals before finally succumbing to the eventual champions.

In the junior events, the titles went to G. Attolini & M. Spoto (boys doubles), G. Trippa & N. Valentini (girls doubles) and G. Attolino & N. Valentini (mixed doubles)

For all the draws and results from these Championships please visit our Championships page.