Popular Tennis Player Adriano Panatta

Adriano Panatta

Adriano Panatta, the former Italian tennis player was born on 9th July, 1950 in Rome and is best known for his win at the French open in 1976. He is also known to be the only tennis player who beat Bjorn Borg at Roland Garros, in which he succeeded twice. Pannata’s father worked at the Tennis Club Parioli as a caretaker and Pannata learned to play the game on the clay courts of the club. He was also a European Junior player before professionally starting to play the game. Pannata was said to be less effective or efficient on fast grounds and his most noticed performance on Grass grounds was when he reached the quarter finals of Wimbledon in 1979.

Pannata started off with winning professional titles in 1973, 1974 and 1975 after bagging in 9 titles in the men’s singles events and 17 doubles titles. He was ranked at no.4 on 24th August, 1976 when he won the French Open Title against Harold Solomon, the Italian Open against Guillermo Vilas and Italy’s first Davis Cup title after winning two singles and one doubles against Chile in the finals. Pannata also led Italy to the finals of the Davis Cup in the years 1977, 1979 and 1980, though all three were lost to Australia, US and Czechoslovakia. Pannata also ranked at no. 15 in 1980 at the men’s doubles rankings. Pannata received his last singles title in 1980 before he announced his retirement in 1983. Pannata after retiring from professional tennis served as captain of the Davis cup team, he also served as the Tournament director of Rome Masters.

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