The Davis Cup returns to Bologna after 46 years.  Binaghi: "We aim to win the group"

It starts on 13 September with the match between Argentina and Sweden, while the first of the Azzurri will be on 14 against Croatia. At the Unipol Arena the last match of the event will be Italy-Sweden on 18 September

One hundred years after Italy’s first participation in the Davis Cup and 46 since the last time in the Emilian capital, the Davis Cup (by Rakuten) returns to Bologna for the group qualification phase: it will take place at the Unipol Arena from 13 to 18 September next and the Italy of Filippo Volandri, captain, will face Argentina, Sweden and Croatia. “We aim to win the group – says Federtennis president Angelo Binaghi -: it took us a long time to be able to return here, to Bologna, and it’s nice to be able to do it in a brilliant moment for our sport, in which the Internazionali d “Italy and in which, also thanks to his younger brother-Padel, tennis has become a mass sport. Here: for this event we are aiming for a great turnout. The opponents are tough: Argentina has heart and tradition, Sweden also has a great past, Croatia beat us in Turin but this time we hope to have Berrettini … ”

Calendar and Volandri

The 217-ounce salad bowl will be on show at the Emilia Romagna Region, where the event is presented, until 12 June. Italy’s first match will be on September 14 against Croatia, the debut of the event will be Argentina-Sweden on the 13th: the lineup of matches includes Croatia-Sweden on the 15th, Italy-Argentina on the 16th, Croatia-Argentina on the 17th and Italy- Sweden on the 18th. In the last time of forty-six years ago, in Bologna, Italy won with Pietrangeli, present in the room and today ambassador of tennis. “I’m happy to go back to Bologna – says Pietrangeli -, because I started right here. I’ll tell you: I train with Bologna football in the morning and I play tennis in the afternoon: then I train with the then Davis Cup team. Forty-six years ago. I was there, I think we were playing against Denmark. I wish Filippo great things, we have a strong team: we have been “kept” by the girls for years, now it’s time for the boys to take their revenge. ” And here is Filippo Volandri, captain who in Bologna won three Italian titles. “The one in Bologna – says Filippo Volandri, captain blue – is a tough, difficult but very stimulating group; and finding Croatia after losing us in Turin will be a reason for revenge. I’m sure we will be ready to fly to Malaga. I hope that many people will participate because they will be part of our team: I have an important privilege and the plan to win Davis is present. “

Tickets and Clerici

Also present were Michele Sciscioli (“head of the sports department of the Prime Minister:” As stated several times by Valentina Vezzali, we believe in the importance of the government’s support in organizing major events “), and the president of Emilia Romagna Stefano Bonaccini. “In these days we hosted two matches of the national football team in the Region, then the return of the Formula One Grand Prix, we will have the Volleyball World League, many events – says the governor of Emilia Romagna -: Davis is a further honor , as well as an important reminder, also because sports tourism is a movement that moves a lot. “Today from 6 pm the tickets will be on sale on the website and on for the six matches: members FIT will have a 20% discount. The final will be in November, in Malaga, from 21 to 27, between the two best national teams in the four groups. Television coverage includes Sky (and NOW in streaming ) while the Bologna group will also be covered by Rai-2, which will broadcast the matches of the Group in the clear and live. At the end Pietrangeli spoke again: “A few days ago a person disappeared to whom I want to give a round of applause”. It’s Gianni Clerici. And the applause starts.

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