World No. 1s Alessandro Calbucci and Marco Garavini head the entries for the ITF Beach Tennis World Championships in Cervia, Italy on 31 July-4 August
For this, the fifth edition of the Championships, the players will be heading to the Adriatic resort of Cervia in Ravenna for five days of beach tennis action from 31 July.
There are a number of former world champions in both draws but all are now competing alongside different partners. This includes the current world No. 1’s Calbucci, Garavini and Eva D’Elia who will all be in action in Cervia with the two male stars, 2011 champion Calbucci and returning champion Garavini, who also is the current European title holder with Paolo Tazzari, now teaming up and their combined experience will surely make them the team to beat.
The 2011 European men’s champions, Michele Cappelletti and Luca Carli, who are currently ranked at 3 and 4 in the world respectively, are also likely to pose a formidable threat to those with an eye on the men’s title as they will be teaming up looking to win a first world title.
Although there are former title winning players in the draw, with no former World Championships winning pairs in action together this year, new champions are assured in both events.
Italy has dominated all previous World Championships but with more nations taking up the sport and improving each year, crowning of the first non-Italian winners has never been closer!
Competitors from 15 countries took part in the 2012 Championships and for the 2013 Championships this number has risen to 21.
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 ITF Beach Tennis Tour was launched in 2008, and continues to grow each year, with 152 events staged in 32 countries in 2012.
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.”