31 July - 4 August 2013
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Men's doubles: Marco Garavini & Alessandro Calbucci (ITA)
Women's doubles: Veronica Visani & Sofia Cimatti(ITA)
A day of incredible emotion for many spectators and athletes came to an end in spectacular fashion. There wasn't a single seat available for both the women's doubles and the men's doubles final with many finding seats in the most imaginative of places just to get a glimpse of the action.
Visani and Cimatti battled, and battled hard, to claim the title in just two sets. Every point was hard-fought and the match ended with both sets going to a tiebreak but ending in favour of Cimatti and Visani, 76(2) 76(4).
The men's finals saw two of the most consistent teams of the tournament meeting. Top seeded Italians Alessandro Calbucci and his partner Marco Garavini faced second seeds Michele Cappelletti (ITA) and Luca Carli (ITA).
Both teams have been in exceptional form and none would give the title up without a fight. Eventually, Garavini and Calbucci would prove to be too good and would claim their fifth win in a row in just two sets to end the match with a score of 76(7) 60.
Nations Represented - 21 (as of 24 July)
ARU | AUT | BRA | BUL | CZE | ESP | FRA | GER | HUN | ITA | JPN | LTU | POR | PUR | RUS | SLO | SMR | SUI | SVK | UKR | VEN
The Ravenna province in Italy has long been considered the heart of beach tennis, and Cervia has hosted one of the most successful Grade 1 events on the ITF Beach Tennis Tour since 2010. The 2013 Championships will be staged at Bagno Delfino on the Cervia coast with 20 match courts in use.
The flagship event on the ITF Beach Tennis Tour will see the best men’s and women’s doubles players from around the world bidding to be crowned 2013 ITF Beach Tennis World Champions.
Italians have dominated in past years but will face increased competition as more nations are taking up the sport each year with an ever increasing standard of play developing. Competitors from 15 countries took part in the 2012 Championships and 2013 will see a major increase on this figure.
New champion pairings are assured in 2013 although there are a number of former World Champions entered with new partners and the men's 2011 European Champions will be teaming up and will be among the favourites to take the title.
ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “We are delighted to see the continued growth of the Beach Tennis Tour. The ITF Beach Tennis World Championships remain a focal point of the beach tennis calendar, and it is fitting that this year’s event is staged in such an active region for the sport. The Italian Tennis Federation are experienced hosts of these world championships, and we are confident that the event can go from strength to strength.”