Photo: Laura GalliPregassona, SUI - wc 9 September 2013 - finalists
PREGASSONA, LUGANO, SWITZERLAND: The third edition of the SWISS OPEN attracted many entries from Top 100 ranked players and included two Top 10 players in the women’s event.
Italians Giulia Spazzoli and Giulia Curzi topped the women’s seedings with Matteo Barbieri and Riccardo Sarti the top seeded men. Also in action were the 2013 European Championships runners-up Dorothee Berreth and Carina Blank of Germany.
This event has also had the honor to host two VIPs of Swiss sport; Olympians Yves Allegro, an ex-professional tennis player who top ranked at 32 in the ATP doubles lists and who partnered Roger Federer in the Athens 2004 Olympics and Martin Laciga, Switzerland’s most decorated beach volleyball player of all time and a former world No.1 who also saw Olympic action in Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.
Laciga was in doubles action with Italian Giampaolo Caprotti and the pair easily passed their first test; winning two love sets. The second round, however, was far tougher and they managed just the three games, all in the second set, to give way to the more experienced beach tennis players and eigth seeds Flemming Pittoors and Benjamin Ringlstetter.
Allegro partnered with a fellow Swiss player; Thomas Simmen, but his campaign was brought to an end in round one with the pair unable to cope with the proficient young Italians Gianmarco Cappi and Mirko Mariannini.
All the other participants were regular beach tennis players, mostly coming from Italy, and other European countries, and the event hosted 74 players in total.
Coming to the results, everything went according to the seeding with the top four in each event all progressing to the semifinals and with both finals being contested by the top seeds.
In the women’s draw, the world top ten ranked players of Curzi and Spazzoli won the final in two sets against the European Championships finalists Berreth and Blank.
Over in the men’s draw, Swiss players Giuliano Acierno and Yves Fornasier, who had come from behind in their quarterfinal tie to become the last remaining Swiss players in the draw, saw hopes of a home winner disappear as they made a 63 60 exit at the hands of the top seeds.
German third seeds Benjamin Blank and Tobias Notter, who had edged into the semifinals with a [10-8] match tiebreak win faired only slightly better than the Swiss pairing before crashing out 61 63 to Matteo Godio and Simone Omiccioli, whose win set up an all-Italian final.
In a tense final the No. 1 seeds of Barbieri and Sarti were made to come from behind to win the title with victory secured [11-9] in a final set match tiebreak. The final score 57 63 [11-9].
Over the two days of play the atmosphere was animated by a charismatic DJ and good music whilst to delight the taste and satisfy the appetite, a non-stop BBQ for all participants and visitors was held. All participants were presented with a prize following their exit thanks to the supplier CROCS who provided beautiful backpacks, shoulder bags, flip-flops and sun glasses.
Winners and runners-up were also awarded medals.