Photo: Susan MullaneGianluigi Quinzi (ITA)
Italy’s Gianluigi Quinzi is the toast of the Tennis Club Milano Alberto Bonacossa in Milan after the 16-year-old beat Temur Ismailov of Uzbekistan 62 67(4) 61 to win the Grade A title at the Italian Open. Czech Katerina Siniakova won the girls title with a 75 75 victory over Antonia Lottner of Germany in an all-unseeded girls’ final.
The tournament, which is also known traditionally as the 53rd Trofeo Bonfiglio Internationali d’Italia Juniors, is one of the most prestigious stops on the ITF Junior Circuit and has seen local crowds flock to watch Quinzi in action all week. Home advantage only counted for so much, however, and Quinzi certainly earned his victory with battling wins in both the semi-finals and the final.
The final itself took 2 hours and 20 minutes and saw Quinzi romp to an early lead only to suffer moments of uncertainty late in the second set, when the occasion briefly got to him before he regrouped for a dominant third set. “I’ve exhausted, but I am happy,” he told local media in Italian after the match.
The victory marked Quinzi’s first Grade A tournament title win and the first time an Italian has won the event since Matteo Trevisan in 2007. Quinzi, who trains at Nick Bollettieri’s Academy in Bradenton, Florida, is currently ranked four on the ITF Junior World Rankings but is likely to enhance his status as one of the favourites for the Roland Garros Boys’ title when the second Junior Grand Slam of the season gets underway next week.
Siniakova also notched up her first tournament victory at Grade A level after coming through the draw unseeded, just as her opponent Lottner had done. Neither girl showed themselves to be overawed by the occasion, however. 16-year-old Siniakova is currently ranked 15 on the ITF Junior World Rankings but is sure to see that Ranking jump to a new career high on the back of her week’s work in Milan.
The boys’ doubles title was won by Liam Broady and Joshua Ward-Hibbert (who are also the reigning Australian Open Boys’ doubles champions) after the British pair beat Julien Cagnina (BEL) and Mitchell Krueger (USA) 76(5) 46 (10-5) with thrilling deciding match tiebreaker. Francesca Abanda of Canada and American Sascha Vickery won the girls’ title in rather less dramatic fashion, but still needed to work hard for their 60 76(2) win over Croatians Ana Konjuh and Adrijana Lekaj.