STARNBERG, July 19, 2018
According to the Italian tennis website “Ubitennis”, the 42nd edition of the ATP Challenger tournament Internazionali di Manerbio been cancelled due to lack of finance. The clay-court event was scheduled to take place from 18 to 26 August 2018.
The first tennis tournament in Manerbio was held in 1974. It has been part of the ATP Challenger Tour since 1999. The total prize money offered was €43,000. With the relocation of the Cortina d’Ampezzo tournament, which will be played in Padua this year, Manerbio would have been the second smallest Italian town to host an ATP Challenger – only Ortisei has fewer inhabitants.
“We have the great pride of having hosted 41 total editions, of which the last fifteen with an ATP Challenger,” former tournament director Gianni Saldini was quoted on Ubitennis. A lot of well-known players participated in the tournament. David Ferrer won in 2002. Novak Djokovic battled through the qualifying in 2004, beat Paolo Lorenzi in a hard fought match before falling to Nicolas Almagro in the quarterfinals.
List of champions and finalists at ATP Challenger Manerbio:
|2017||Roberto Carballés Baena||Guillermo García López||6–4, 2–6, 6–2|
|2016||Leonardo Mayer||Filip Krajinović||7–6(7–3), 7–5|
|2015||Andrey Kuznetsov||Daniel Muñoz de la Nava||6–4, 3–6, 6–1|
|2011||Adrian Ungur||Peter Gojowczyk||4–6, 7–6(7–4), 6–2|
|2010||Robin Haase||Marco Crugnola||6–3, 6–2|
|2009||Federico Delbonis||Leonardo Tavares||6–1, 6–3|
|2008||Victor Crivoi||Christophe Rochus||7–6, 6–2|
|2007||Jiří Vaněk||Éric Prodon||6–0, 6–4|
|2006||Andreas Vinciguerra||Adrián García||7–6, 6–1|
|2005||Oliver Marach||Melle van Gemerden||6–3, 6–2|
|2004||Nicolás Almagro||Francesco Aldi||7–6, 6–4|
|2003||Olivier Patience||Martín Vassallo Argüello||3–6, 6–3, 7–6|
|2002||David Ferrer||Vadim Kutsenko||6–2, 6–0|
|2001||Attila Sávolt||Irakli Labadze||7–5, 6–2|
|2000||Stefano Tarallo||Kris Goossens||6–3, 6–4|
|1999||Attila Sávolt||Thierry Guardiola||6–4, 7–6|