As a kid in Correggio, Italy, sophomore Matteo Fortini did what most boys his age were doing in terms of sports… he started playing football (soccer) and took a look at basketball. His older sister Veronica was playing in Italian Tennis Federation tournaments and he was going along with mom and dad (Germano and Milena Fortini) to watch, and he like...

Rowing Erin Cafaro (1983, Modesto, CA), NCAA rowing champion in 2005 and 2006. Gold medal with the 4 without (4-) of the U.S. team at the Under 23 World Championships in Amsterdam 2005. Always with the national team but 4 light, Erin won a gold at the 2006 World Cup in Munich. Cafaro also boasts 2 gold medals at the 2008 Beijing and 2004 London...

A thought-provoking art project in Italy’s Milan saw people hitting tennis balls right under the ancient relics and frescos of a 16-century church. The US artist behind the art experiment dubbed his exhibition “Untitled (plot for dialogue).” The playground has been installed in Milan’s Chiesa San Paolo Converso, a former Roman Catholic church curre...

  WTI Magazine #68    2015 September, 18Author : Simone Callisto Manca      Translation by:   Two Italians on top of New York, the first time of two Italian tennis players in the final of a Grand Slam tournament. And yet, two friends, from the same region, Puglia, expression of a Southern Italy where young people often fail to have the same oppo...

Tennis coaching great Nicholas James Bollettieri was born on July 31, 1931, in North Pelham, New York. His parents were Italian immigrants, and he was raised in a close-knit Italian family. In high school, Nick was on his high school's football team and was their star quarterback. In 1953, Nick graduated college with a degree in philosophy from Spr...

  WTI Magazine #53    2015 February, 6Author : Simone Callisto Manca      Translation by:   For many years Italian tennis in the singles tournaments has not been achieving any outstanding results: however, when it is about partnering up, either in double or in the national team, our tennis players transform and conquer the most prestigious tourn...

by David Borges   While Roberta Vinci made quick work of her opponent in a round-of-16 match on Wednesday afternoon, her mind was, in part, on her native Italy. A powerful earthquake ravaged a mountainous region in the central part of the country earlier in the day, killing at least 120. "Not an easy day for Italy, for the Italians...

A cup of coffee rescued Serena Williams as she bounced back from losing her first set of 2015 6-0 to help the USA to a 3-0 Hopman Cup victory over Italy in Perth.   Williams was all at sea as she was bagelled in the opening set of her match with Flavia Pennetta, so she ordered an espresso, and that did the trick as she recovered to win 0-6 6...

US Open champion Flavia Pennetta believes lifting a first grand slam title next to her childhood friend was the perfect way to end her career. Pennetta beat fellow Italian and long-time companion Roberta Vinci 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 and then used her victory speech to announce her retirement in front of a shocked crowd in Arthur Ashe Stadium. The worl...

Edwardsville High tennis coach Dave Lipe started the Edwardsville Futures pro tennis tournament in 2011. The opportunities opening from that decision have transcended the tennis courts. During that first year, a friendship formed between Lipe and Donato Campagnoli, an Italian tennis coach who entered a player in that inaugural Futures tournament....