1 -3 August 2014
(qual: 30-31 July)
Men's doubles: Alessandro Calbucci & Marco Garavini & (ITA)
Women's doubles: Federica Bacchetta & Sofia Cimatti (ITA)
Alessandro Calbucci and Marco Garavini made history after becoming the first team to successfully defend the title at the Beach Tennis World Championships in Cervia after defeating Luca Meliconi and Luca Cramarossa 75 62 in the final.
It was also the first time in the history of the event that the finalists had been forced to return on Monday after severe storms had brought a halt to proceedings on Sunday evening.
Spirits were in no way dampened by the Monday conclusion, however, as the final resumed with Meliconi serving at deuce at 2-2 in front of a packed 2,500-seater stadium for what was to be a battle of talent and raw determination.
Meliconi and Cramarossa took the first point and with it a 3-2 lead. What followed was an incredible showcase of beach tennis - every game went to deuce until finally Calbucci and Garavini took the first set 75 to give them a critical mental advantage going into the second set.
As the two teams took to the field for the second set the crowd could see the glimmer of success in Calbucci and Garavini's eyes as they realised they were so close to becoming the first team to win the World Championships two years running.
Perhaps it was this very thought, and the disappointment of Meliconi and Cramarossa at losing the first set, that drove Calbucci and Garavini to win the second 62. As soon as the ball came over the net Garavini and Calbucci were ready to smash it into the opposing side, the smallest mistake was punished ruthlessly and instantly.
Nations Represented: 22 (as at 25 July 2014)
ARG | ARU | AUT | BLR | BRA | ESP | FRA | GER | HUN | ISR | ITA | JPN | LTU | MAR | POL | PUR | RUS | SLO | SMR | SUI | USA | VEN
Completed Match Results
The Ravenna province in Italy has long been considered the heart of beach tennis, and last year hosted one of the most successful World Championshipson with capacity crowds of 2000 for the finals. The 2014 Championships will once again be staged at Bagno Delfino on the Cervia coast.
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 2014 ITF Beach Tennis World Champions.
Brazil’s Vinicius Font, who was replaced as the world No. 1 on Monday, will join forces with Italy’s Alex Mingozzi as second seeds, while last year’s runners-up Cappelletti and Carli are seeded third. Other than Font, Brazilian fifth seeds Marcus Ferreira and Thales Santos are the only other non-Italians to feature in the top five seeds in the men’s event.
Brazil’s Samantha Barijan and Joana Cortez are seeded No. 1 in the women’s event, with d’Elia and Visani seeded No. 2 and French twins Marie Eve Hoarau and Mathilde Hoarau seeded third.
Meanwhile, Georgia Pennetta, sister of WTA professional Flavia, has been given a wild card into the women’s event alongside her Puerto Rican partner Beatriz Rivera.
New for 2014 will be an official qualifying event which is due to be held on 30-31 July. Sixty-four men and 32 women will take part in the qualifying events, prior to a 32-strong main draw in both the men’s and women’s tournaments.
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ITF Beach Tennis Tour - Entry Form
ITF Beach Tennis Tour - Withdrawal Form