Frederic Cazeaudumec (FRA)
Saturday, 19 May
David Dalmasso ended Fabian Mazzei’s challenge in Saturday’s men’s singles semifinals at the Internazionale d’Italia, a part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, as the Frenchman beat the home favourite and second seed in front of a large crowd at the Foro Italica in Rome.
After two hugely competitive opening sets Dalmasso had much the better of the third and deciding set to beat Mazzei 76 57 62 and set up an all-French final against top seeds Frederic Cazeaudumec.
Cazeaudumec made relatively light work of his semifinal, defeating Brazil’s Daniel Rodriguez 60 61.
While the men’s title is now guaranteed to go back to France, the women’s singles title with stay in Italy after Stefania Galletti edged to a 64 67 75 victory over Gemany’s Claudia Fornefeld in the second of three round-robin matches.
Galletti will face countryman Marianna Lauro in the decisive match, with both players having one win apiece so far.
After their singles semifinal Dalmasso and Mazzei paired up to earn their place in the men’s doubles final. The top seeds defeated Paolo Cia of Italy and Karl Stefan of Austria 60 36 60 in their semifinal and will play Cazeaudumec and Sebastien Husser in the final after the all-French duo’s 64 76 semifinal victory over Brazil’s Rodriguez and Carlos Santos.
Friday, 18 May
Frederic Cazeaudumec, Daniel Rodrigues, David Dalmasso and Fabian Mazzei have reached the men’s singles semifinals after the first day of the Internazionale d’Italia, the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour event taking place alongside the men’s and women’s tour event in Rome.
Top seed Cazeaudumec won the only three set match in the men’s quarterfinals, defeating Brazil’s Carlos Santos 64 16 61.
However, Rodrigues ensured that there would be Brazilian representation in the last four after he defeated Austria’s Karl Stefan 62 62 to set up a what an interesting match-up with Cazeaudumec.
Second seed Fabian Mazzei carries Italian hopes into the semifinals after beating his compatriot Paolo Cia 61 61. Mazzei will play David Dalmasso for a place in the final following Dalmasso’s 75 62 win over his fellow Frenchman Sebastien Husser.
Meanwhile, the first of the round-robin matches in the women’s singles saw Italy’s Marianna Lauro beat Claudia Fornefeld of Germany 75 62.
Saturday’s second day of play at the ITF 3 Series tournament will include both men’s doubles semifinals.
Thursday, 17 May
The Internazionale d’Italia, a part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, gets underway on Friday at the men’s and women’s tour event in Rome.
It’s the third year that the ITF 3 Series wheelchair tennis event has featured alongside the men’s and women’s tour at the Foro Italico.
The men’s wheelchair tennis event features eight players from Austria, France, Brazil and Italy.
The women’s wheelchair tennis event will be contested in round-robin format, featuring players from Germany and Italy.