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Alex de Gabriele reaches doubles final at the International Tennis 10s Festival in Italy

Posted By Sportinmalta On September 23, 2014 @ 3:21 pm In Featured,Tennis | No Comments

Alex de Gabriele one of Malta’s most promising tennis youngsters reached the final of the Doubles International Tennis 10s Festival held in Todi, Italy held between 6th – 13th September.

Alex teamed up with Italy’s Nicolo Paduano for the doubles tournament reaching the final after winning thrilling matches. In the semifinal the duo beat Holland’s talented players Van Kaak and Novakovic who in turn had beaten Italy’s top ranked players Sanna and Gandolfi in the Quarter final.

In the semi-final, de Gabriele & Paduano won 4-6, 7-5, 8-6 playing some spectacular attacking tennis and saving match point in the 3rd set tie-break. Unfortunately due to delays resulting from bad weather earlier in the week, Alex had to miss out on playing the final as this was scheduled when he was already travelling back to Malta.

In the singles tournament Alex played the Quarter Finals against Nicolo Tressoldi, one of the most talented U10s in Italy and lost 6-2, 6-3. Tressoldi eventually won the final of the Italian Draw, beating Gandolfi, another very promising youngster 7-5, 6-4.

The Tennis Technical Festival for U10s was a great tennis showdown with the top Italian U10 players all competing for the coveted prize. This was a great experience for Alex who could measure up with such great players in an international setting but more importantly to make new friends in the process. The Technical Tennis Festival was organised by Francesco Paduano one of the best Italian tennis coaches for the category who showed interest in the idea of organizing similar tennis workshops, possibly even in Malta in 2015.

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