Probably the lesser known italian sportswear brand.

The brand was founded by Leardo Gabrielli in the 1950’s but it wasn’t until circa 1980 that it first started to make an impact on the pro tennis circuit following the sponsorship of a young relatively unknown Czech tennis player called Ivan Lendl. Later on top players such as Anders Jarryd, Goran Ivanisevic and Petr Korda courted Australian as it became more widely known.

australian by l’Alpina can sometimes be mistaken for Kangol which uses a similar logo: a kangoroo.

australian by l’Alpina sponsor all the italian tennis teams, including the italian Fed Cup team, winner in 2006, 2009 and 2010.
You can have a look here at the australian by l’Alpina spring/summer 2011 collection.

Australian Spring/Summer 2011 Preview

More infos about australian by l’Alpina on their website.

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When you think italian cuisine, you probably think pizza and pasta. The perfect food for a tennis player.

una vera pizza napoletana, napoli


As a tennis player, your diet must help you:
– achieve high performance
– recover more efficiently
– have better health

The most important component of a tennis player’s diet are the Carbohydrates.
Carbohydrates (sugar, bread, potatoes, rice, pasta) fuel the muscles and avoid early fatigue.
You need to eat at least 6 grams of carbohydrate per kg of body weight per day (6 g/kg/day). When you are on the court several hours a day, you need to eat more carbohydrate: 7 to 10 grams per kg per day.
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Gianluca Quinzi

If you haven’t heard the name Gianluigi Quinzi yet, it is just a question of time.
This fall, at only 14, he won 4 consecutive 18-under ITF events in 4 weeks without dropping a set. He also won the Boys 14s European Championships earlier this summer.
Quinzi has been training at the IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy since he was nine years old and is coached by Eduardo Infantino and Eduardo Medica.

Gianluigi is currently only 15 years old and some tennis experts predict him a bright future in the pros and some already see him as the next Adriano Panatta, the last male Italian player to capture a Grand Slam title (1976 French Open).

Here is a video of Gianluca practicing at the IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy in October 2010.


Giacomo Miccini

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A couple of years ago, Giacomo Miccini was seen as the next big thing for italian tennis.

Miccini was part of the italian team which claimed the world junior championships in 2006, was ranked in the juniors top 20 at only 15, and was seen as a brilliant prospect by Bollettieri himself.

But of course, good results in juniors doesn’t mean success on the ATP tour. The transition from juniors to pros is never easy (unless your name is Nadal): who remembers Brian Dunn, Federico Browne or Kristian Pless all junior world champions?
Italian players like Nargiso and Pistolesi for example were really promising at a young age but failed to have a big impact on the ATP circuit:
Diego Nargiso won the junior Wimbledon championship in 1987 and reached his highest ranking at 18 (number 67)
Claudio Pistolesi, junior world champion, whose best ranking was 71

Whereas Ryan Harrison and Bernard Tomic, his former rivals in the juniors (born in 92 like Miccini), are starting to make a name for themselves, Giacomo has decided to attend the University of Arizona to mature as a person and as a player and eventually turn pro in 3 or 4 years.

All we can wish for him is the same success as John Isner who spent 4 years in college before turning professional. But I seriously doubt it… he could perhaps follow the footsteps of fellow italian Davide Sanguinetti who attended UCLA, captured 2 ATP titles and reached the top 50.

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Sergio Tacchini became a professional tennis player at age 17, by entering the Tennis Club of Milan in 1955. In 1960 he won the title of the Italian Champion over fellow countryman Nicola Pietrangeli. He was considered to be a talent on clay courts and also competed in the Davis Cup, counting five victories in singles and one in doubles in a total of fifteen games. He took another two Italian titles in doubles, with Pietrangeli as his partner in 1967 and 1968. In 1966, Sergio Tacchini founded Sandys S.p.A. which was to be renamed after him a few years later.

The brand immediately introduced a great innovation in style, using colours and stripes at a time when tennis players exclusively wore white.

In 1978, McEnroe signed one of the first professional endorsement deals in tennis: an 8-year clothing contract with Sergio Tacchini. This helped the italian brand acquire a worldwide recognition, and some tracksuits and shirts Tacchini designed for McEnroe acquired a cult status and have been re-released in the recent years, like the Young Line Polo shirt and the Davis Cup Ghibli track.

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