Photo: Maximilian HammLuca Carli and Michele Capelletti (ITA)
FLIC EN FLAC, MAURITIUS: Michele Cappelletti and Luca Carli successfully defended their Flic En Flac title in Mauritius over the weekend after surviving a scare in the opening set of the men’s doubles final.
Having negotiated their way through to the final without the loss of a set, the top seeds dropped the opening set 61 to Vinicius Font and Alex Mingozzi, seeded second, who had been ruthless in dispatching opponents en route to the final including twice posting 60 60 wins.
Another quick-fire win seemed on the cards at this point for the No. 2 seeds but the Italian duo avoided an upset and soon turned the match around. A 63 second set win brought the teams level and ensured a decisive third set would be required.
The final set played out in much the same fashion as the opening set had done, only with Cappelletti and Carli proving to be the dominant pair, and after seven games of action they retained their title with a 16 63 61 triumph.
Flic En Flac in March has proven a happy hunting ground for Cappelletti over recent years; this latest title win was his third having also won here in 2012 with Matteo Marighella.
Over in the women’s event, twin sisters Marie Eve and Mathilde Hoarau took the title following a very close final win over the top seeded Pauline Bourdet and Flavia Muniz. The fourth seeded sisters split the first two sets with Bourdet and Muniz on tiebreakers before edging to the win in the final set.
Their 76(5) 67(5) 63 win gave the pair their first title since winning on Reunion Island during December 2013 and a first Grade 1 title since July 2013’s triumph in Russia.
The eyes of the beach tennis world will now be focused on the Grade 1 in Saint Gilles Les Bains on Reunion Island this weekend.