With the Australian Open looming, Matteo and Lorenzo will be in Brisbane from the 29th in contention for the nations, and Yannick gets in the field from January 2nd at the ATP 250 as Sonego. Funini in New Zealand
It’s not even time to unpack the Christmas presents and it’s already time to leave for Australia, as the new season approaches. The Blue Troops will be numerous as always, with big names and the next generation kicking off the 2023 tennis tournament between Adelaide, Brisbane, Auckland, Canberra and Bonn, before the main stage in Melbourne where it will take place from 16-16. January 29 First Grand Slam tournament of the year – Australian Championship open.
Wrong in Adelaide
There is only one week left before Jannik Sinner returns to work. South Tyrol, interrupted by a hand problem last November at the Masters 10,000 in Paris-Bercy – which is also why he is absent in the Davis Cup in Malaga – left for Australia after his winter training between Montecarlo and Alicante, where he was alongside a team that constantly worked on Service, net play and differences. The first tournament of the season for Sinner will be the Adelaide 1 ATP 250, from January 2-8. Next, the appointment in Melbourne for the Kooyong Classic exhibition tournament (10-12 January) and immediately after the Australian Open, where he will try to improve his recent results with a quarter-final achievement.
Berrettini and Musetti from Thursday
On the other hand, Matteo Berrettini and Lorenzo Musetti have already arrived in Brisbane, who will open 2023 by participating in the Federation Cup, a new team competition that replaces the previous ATP Cup and which will see both men and women as champions. For Brittini, it will be the first official competition of the year, even if he already has the opportunity to play in the Diriyah Cup, an exhibition in which he reached the final in doubles with Andrey Rublev. At the end of the United Cup, the Romanian will fly to Melbourne for the first major tournament of the year. As for Musetti, the next generation of Carrara had very little time to devote to the pre-season and after the 8 Davis Cup Final he would be back on the field again for the team competition. At the end of the Home Nations Cup, he was credited to Adelaide Championship 2, the run-up to the Melbourne Grand Prix.
United Cup, from there
Not just Berrettini and Musetti: the blue team will also benefit from the presence of Andrea Vavassori, Marco Bortolotti, Martina Trevisan, Lucia Bronzetti and Camila Rosatello. Italy, in Group E with Brazil and Norway, will make their debut at 4 am on December 29 in Brisbane against the Brazilian National Team (2 Singles, Super Tennis and SuperTenniX). It will be possible to follow the Azzurri’s journey to the United Cup live on Supertennis and on the SuperTenniX streaming platform. Matches will then be shown on a postponed basis on Sky Sport and live on Sky Go and Now.
Sonego and Fognini
After preparing for the pre-season between Turin and Monte Carlo, Italian fourth seed Lorenzo Sonego will stay in Adelaide for two weeks, where he will take part in both the Adelaide 1 and Adelaide 2 tournaments (respectively from January 2 to 8 and January 9 to 15). But for Fabio Fognini, there will only be one tournament in preparation for the first round of the 2023 Slm. The Ligurian will stop at the ATP 250 Championships in Auckland, New Zealand, which starts in the second week of January, from the 9th to the 15th.
In Australia, promising under-21 Italian tennis players will fight for a place in the main draw of the Australian Open, but first they will warm up their engines at the Challengers, where they will be able to test the progress made in the pre-season, with Adaptation to the hot local climate. Francesco Passaro, Luca Nardi and Matteo Arnaldi will start their season together at the Challenger in Canberra (January 2-8), followed by Giulio Zipieri and Francesco Maestrelli, who will start from the Qualifiers. In the same week, Flavio Coppoli and Mattia Bellucci will make their debut at the ATP 250 tournament in Pune, India, where they will test their hand in the main draw.
December 26th – 7.16pm
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