Photo: Vesselina DonevaWalter Trusendi
Walter Trusendi, 24, from Italy is featured this month.
Trusendi kicked-off the month with a trip to the Egyptian capital of Cairo where he was seeded fourth in the Egypt F2 Futures clay court tournament. The tournament began with a tight 64 64 win over Guillaume Rufin, a French qualifier. Next up was a match with Cairo resident Mahmoud Ezz, a Wildcard entrant. Ezz stunned everyone by easily claiming the first set 62 but Trusendi got himself back into the match by taking the second set 63 before pushing onto victory in the final set to the loss of just one game. Sixth seeded Dusan Lojda from the Czech Republic gave Trusendi another tough test but it was Trusendi who won through to the semi final with a 76(0) 63 win. The tournament top seed, fellow Italian Simone Vagnozzi, then halted his progress in straight sets, winning 62 64. Vagnozzi then went on to win the title.
Italy’s Leonardo Azzaro partnered Trusendi in the doubles event. Named as the number 1 seeds, they made a shock exit in the first round, losing to the eventual champions, the Egyptian pairing of Karim Maamoun and Sherif Sabry.
Following his exit from the Egypt F2 Futures, Trusendi returned to his home nation of Italy for two indoor Futures tournaments. First up was Italy F1 Futures held on clay courts in Bari, a city located on the Adriatic Sea. In the opening two rounds, Trusendi, who was unseeded, eased past Italian opposition to the loss of only five games. A tougher test followed in the quarter final, once again he faced an Italian across the net. His opponent, Alberto Giraudo, took him to three sets but was unable to prevent Trusendi moving into a second successive semi final. Trusendi then faced Italian Wildcard entrant, Daniele Bracciali for a place in the final. Trusendi cruised through the first set 62 against the former ATP Top 50 ranked player and a place in his first singles final on the ITF Pro Circuit since August 2007 was secured by taking the second set 75. The final brought about a quick reunion with his doubles partner from Egypt, Leonardo Azzaro. This was also his fifth successive match against Italian opposition. The final was over in two close sets in favour of Trusendi, whose 63 63 victory gave him a career first singles title. The doubles event saw him partner Latvia’s Deniss Pavlovs to glory. As the number 2 seeds they defeated the top seeds 46 63 [10-4] in the final.
Trusendi next travelled to the north of Italy for a Futures tournament in the city of Trento. Unseeded, in the first round he defeated Italy’s Davide Della Tommasina 62 63 who came into the draw via the qualifying event. In the second round, a close 76(4) 64 defeat at the hands of another qualifier, Jiri Krkoska from the Czech Republic, brought an end to Trusendi’s participation in the singles event. Fellow Italian Giulio Di Meo partnered him in the doubles but, as the number 3 seeds, they lost in the opening round by Walkover due to an injury sustained by Di Meo in the singles event.
Now with a first ITF singles title to his name and a seventh ITF doubles title, Walter Trusendi is now closing in on his career high rankings of 372 and 279 in singles and doubles respectively.