Tennis in Italy
Tennis in Italy is the 6th sport, with 1,298,000 persons, by number of practitioners.
The five successes of Italian tennis player in the Grand Slam tournament regards Nicola Pietrangeli (1959 French Championships and 1960 French Championships), Adriano Panatta (1976 French Open), Francesca Schiavone (2010 French Open) and Flavia Pennetta (2015 US Open).
Women's tennis in particular has seen tremendous successes in the 21st century, with the advent of Francesca Schiavone, Sara Errani, Flavia Pennetta and Roberta Vinci. All these four women reached the Top 10 of the WTA rankings in both singles and doubles (with Schiavone and Errani reaching the top 5 in singles and Pennetta, Errani and Vinci reaching No 1 in doubles) and reached Grand Slam finals in both disciplines. Schiavone and Pennetta won singles Grand Slam titles, while Pennetta, Errani and Vinci won doubles Grand Slam titles, with Errani and Vinci achieving the Career Grand Slam in doubles as a pair. They were also responsible for Italy's 4 Fed Cup victories as members of the national Fed Cup team.
Players best ranking
Data refer to the Open Era (from 1968).
|#||Player||Rank||Period||Grand Slam best||ATP wins|
|1||Adriano Panatta||4||August 1976||Win 1976 French Open||9|
|2||Corrado Barazzutti||7||August 1978||SF 1977 US Open & 1978 French Open||5|
|3||Fabio Fognini||13||March 2014||QF 2011 French Open||3|
|4||Andreas Seppi||18||January 2013||4R 2012 French Open, 2013 Australian Open & 2013 Wimbledon||3|
|5||Omar Camporese||18||February 1992||QF 1992 Australian Open||2|
|#||Player||Rank||Period||Grand Slam best||WTA wins|
|1||Francesca Schiavone||4||January 2011||Win 2010 French Open||8|
|2||Sara Errani||5||May 2013||F 2012 French Open||9|
|3||Flavia Pennetta||6||September 2015||Win 2015 US Open||11|
|4||Roberta Vinci||7||May 2016||F 2015 US Open||10|
|5||Silvia Farina||11||May 2002||QF 2003 Wimbledon||3|
|6||Raffaella Reggi||13||April 1988||QF 1987 French Open||5|
|7||Sandra Cecchini||15||March 1988||QF 1985 French Open||9|
- "Graduatoria degli sport più praticati in Italia" (PDF) (in Italian). coni.it. Retrieved 10 June 2012.
- Italian Tennis Federation official site