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In the main draw of the Australian Open there is Jannik Sinner, qualified for the third round after two excellent wins, but this time the South Tyrolean is not the only athlete of the Piatti Tennis Center engaged in one of the four most important tournaments in the world. With him there are also Peter Buldorini and Lorenzo Ferri, who became the first two young people based in Bordighera to earn a place for the junior draw of a Grand Slam tournament. A milestone born of the results collected in 2021, which allowed the two talents class 2004 to rise in the world ranking under 18 and go to take a very important experience from the educational point of view, in the midst of all the greatest tennis players in the world. In Melbourne Park the Italian Ferri lost to the Czech Adam Kresina in the first round of qualifying, while the recanatese Buldorini (number 76 in the ITF classification) will start from the main draw, at the start on the Italian night between Friday and Saturday. But more than the results on the pitch, for the two - starting for the Australian trip with the team coordinated by the technicians of Federtennis - count above all the numerous opportunities that only a Slam can offer, such as sharing the locker room with the giants of the racket, Watch them closely and try to steal their secrets. A task that Ferri has learned great with Sinner, with which he shared a long apartment in Bordighera (as well as a few trips), and which this year can represent, for him and for others, A valuable point of reference also in the four Grand Slam tournaments.
The arrival of two promises of the Piatti Tennis Center in a youth Slam is the umpteenth proof of the quality of the work done in Bordighera, which continues non-stop even in a complex period for well-known health issues. "Some players - says Luigi Bertino, director of the center - are engaged in the first trips, but January can be considered a month in charge of winter preparation, in which most of our athletes train in the center. For many, compatibly with the difficulties of the period, the program is to travel from February". Meanwhile, on the fields of Viale Canariensis, new faces continue to arrive: the latest Luke Koh, a talent born in 2007 in Singapore, and the Polish - Chinese mother - Emilia Knapik, even born in 2009.
"For the age group ranging from 12 to 14 years - continues the director - we have a lot of demand, and this allows us to make selections through testing days, in order to then build projects in the medium-long term on the most promising guys. As for the resident athletes the goal is to continue to lower the average age, but focusing on young people of an increasingly high level. So that the quality of the nursery can increase further".