In December 1984 the trainer Gianni Salvati has got an intuition: the Lemon Bowl. Today this Italian tournament for boys and girl under 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 has joined its 29th edition and it has become an inevitable appointment for young Italian tennis players and also for players from other parts of the world! It’s the tournament with the highest number of participants all over the world!
There are a lot of players who swang their racquets at the Lemon Bowl Babolat and became later professional players of the most important international circuits: the worlds ex number 1 Jelena Jankovic won the Lemon Bowl in 1997, Nastia Miskina in 1994, Ivan Ljubicic and Mario Ancic in 1995 when Igor Andreev and Dimitry Tursunov participated as well. The star Anna Kournikova enlightened the Lemon Bowl 1992 when she won only 9 years old the cup for the competition 12& under, Yanko Tipsarevic and Emanuelle Gagliardi complete the panorama of the foreign top players.
Of course also Italian champions are among the players who competed on the courts of the Lemon Bowl: Federico Luzzi (1992), Katia Piccolini (1986), Gloria Pizzichini (1989) and a lot others (Mara Santangelo, Uros Vico, Stefano Galvani, Vincenzo Santopadre). Even if not all of them won the cup they began their tennis career with the Lemon Bowl.
Amongst the players of the last editions there are promising Italian boys and girls who already have started an international career and we are looking forward to see them climbing the international rankings. At the moment the player who seems to be only at a step from the world’s elite is Camilla Giorgi (her best ranking is 31). She came out at the Lemon Bowl 2001. Gianluigi Quinzi (2006), Martina Zerulo (2008) and the little Samuele Ramazzotti (2009) won the Lemon Cup. Borna Coric lost the final u10 nel 2006 against Quinzi. Ana Konjuh triumphed at the 12&under and Anatassia Grymalska (2005) at the 16&Under.
The tournament was born at the Pisana Tennis Club where the participants played every year from 1995 to 2004. Since 2005 the event is taking place in 4 Roman clubs in the quarter Acilia-Casal Palocco:
The New Penta 2000, main club of the tournament, with 12 clay outdoor courts and 3 synthetic grass indoor courts;
The Eschilo1 with 6 clay outdoor, 3 hard outdoor;
The Eschilo 2 with 4 clay outdoor courts, 3 hard outdoor courts and 2 hard indoor courts;
The Polisportiva Palocco with 4 clay outdoor courts, 2 hard outdoor courts and 2 hard indoor courts
The Sporting Club Infernetto with 3 clay outdoor courts.
Altogether there are 34 outdoor and 7 indoor courts.
Every year the Roman press follows the tournament as well as the specialized press. In the section “press coverage”, you can find all articles, which appear and appeared in the newspapers and in the web. There is also a daily space with all the news of the tournament on the portal of the Italian Tennis Federation. Supertennis, the television channel of the Italian Federation, reports daily on the manifestation in the news and at the end of the tournament they show with several repetitions a coverage with all results.