MOC announce guest of honour for Saturday’s Awards

Thursday, December 2, 2010, 14:14

Nicola Pietrangeli will be attending the 2010 MOC Sports Awards to be held at the Grand Hotel Excelsior this Saturday. The which will commence at 8pm will be screened live on Melita’s local sports channel Malta Stars. 

Nicola Pietrangeli

Nicola Pietrangeli


(born September 11, 1933, in Tunisa). Considered by many to be Italy’s greatest-ever tennis champion. Played in four men’s singles finals at Roland Garros – winning the title in 1959 and 1960, and finishing runner-up in 1961 and 1964. Won the Roland Garros men’s doubles title in 1959 with Orlando Sirola, and the mixed doubles in 1958. In Wimbledon, Pietrangeli was a single semifinalist in 1960, and lost to Rod Laver in 5 sets (6–4, 3–6, 8-10, 6–2, 6–4). He won the Internazionali d’Italia in 1957 and 1961.

He represented Italy in the Davis Cup between 1954 and 1972 and played in a record 164 Davis Cup matches, winning a record 120. Member in the Italian teams which reached the Davis Cup final in 1960 and 1961 which were played on grass courts in Australia. The Italians were not able to beat the strong Australian team which included Rod Laver, Roy Emerson and Neale Fraser. After retiring as a player, Pietrangeli became Italy’s Davis Cup team captain and guided them to winning their first-ever Davis Cup in 1976.

Pietrangeli was inducted in the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1986. On his 73rd. birthday, the old  tennis stadium in Foro Italico of Rome was named in his honour; he is among the very few tennis players to have received such an honour while still living (others include Laver and Margaret Court).

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