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A great season of great tennis

The twelfth edition of the Aon Open-Challenger Memorial Giorgio Messina has started. The tournament, which takes place in Genoa, Italy, on the clay courts of Valletta Cambiaso, will end on 7 September. This year’s tournament promises to be exciting, with many famous Italian and international names from the tennis world, including  six of the top 100 players and ten players among the best 120 in the world. 

The list of top players already in the tournament include: Andrey Golubev, world number 62,  the Spanish Pablo Carreno Busta, number 68 and the Italian Paolo Lorenzo, number 78 in the ATP rankings who last year in Genoa reached the semi-finals .

In the group of the top 100 also the Spanish Albert Ramos (number 97) and the winner of the Aon Open Challenger 2013 Memorial Giorgio Messina, Dustin Brown (number 98) who conquered the spectators on the court with his shots, defeating the Italian Filippo Volandri who this year will try to take his revenge.

Great expectations for Stephane Robert (number 100 in the world), the French player who was the great protagonist at the last Australian Open where he reached the second round and who now plays for the Tennis Club Genoa.

Other tennis champions are also expected to join through the wild card system. The first wild card of the tournament was awarded to Viktor Troicki in the past number 12 in the world and protagonist of the 2010 victory of Serbia in Davis Cup. As for the second wild card, the organizing committee is in contact with several players who took part in the Us Open and who have already given their availability.

This year Genoa is home to another major tennis event. A new ATP Champions Tour event in Italy will see John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl, Goran Ivanisevic and Michael Chang travel to Genoa and Milan in October. The event, called ‘La Grande Sfida’ will feature semifinals on October 17 in Genoa, with the winners facing off in Milan on October 18, and the losers contesting the 3/4th place play-off. 

The first to take the field will be Ivan Lendl and Michael Chang in an exciting remake of the match at Roland Garros in 1989, when, surprisingly, Chang won the match. This is not the first time in Genoa for Lendl as in 1982 he won a WCT tournament organized by Giorgio Messina.

Then it will be the turn of the two left-handers John McEnroe, The Genius, among the strongest tennis player of all time and Goran Ivanisevic who, with his devastating batting, has "terrified" opponents for at least a decade.