Time.news – From today Italy celebrates the record of tennis players among the top 100 in the world: well 10 players in the top 100 of the ATP ranking, the world ranking drawn up weekly by the highest professional body. These are incredible numbers: only France and Spain have more players (11) among the top 100, but they are on average much older than ours.
Jannik Sinner, protagonist of a wonderful ride at the ATP 1000 tournament in Miami where he lost only in the final against the Polish Hubert Hurkacz, has risen to number 22 in the world (overtaken by the Polish himself).
The South Tyrolean is the third blue player in the ranking after Matteo Berrettini (number 10) and Fabio Fognini (18). Just behind is Lorenzo Sonego (34), then more detached Stefano Travaglia (68). To complete the picture of the ’10 blue knights’ are Salvatore Caruso (87), Lorenzo Musetti (90), Gianluca Mager (91), Marco Cecchinato (93) and Andreas Seppi (96).
Italy smiles not only for the many top-100 champions, but also for their age: Sinner and Musetti are 19, Berettini 24, Sonego 25, Mager 26, Caruso and Cecchinato 28, Travaglia 29. Over thirty only Fabio Fognini (33 years old) and Andreas Seppi (37).
This is why Italy can smile more than France, which has 11 players, but the best is Gael Monfils (number 13, at 34), then you have to go down to number 31 to find 22-year-old Ugo Humbert followed by 31-year-old Benoit Paire (33) and the 32-year-old Adrian Mannarino (35).
Ditto for Spain, also with 11 top-100 but older by birth date. Even the strongest ‘old men’ are called Rafael Nadal (3), Roberto Bautista Agut (11) and Pablo Carreno Busta (15). Finally, the USA, which has Taylor Fritz (number 30) as its best tennis player, are as firm as Italy with 10 players in the top 100.