Debut with defeat in the men’s A1 series team championship for Selva Alta Vigevano: 4-2 the score on the fields of Appiano in favor of the South Tyroleans of Tc Rungg Bolzano.
In the ducal team, Roberto Marcora (who entered the main draw at Indian Wells) was absent due to other competitive commitments, while up to the end the foreigner eligible to be called between the French Hoang, the Spaniard Robredo (though injured) was evaluated, and in the end he was chosen the Czech Jaroslav Pospisil. The expert Selva Alta player did his duty by beating Horst Rieder immediately in singles, with a clear 6-0, 6-2. A hard-fought match, instead, played by the Milanese Alessandro Bega, who has been a member of the club championships for years with Selva Alta, who surrendered to Elmar Ejupovic for 6-7, 4-6. The South Tyroleans also won the two remaining singles. Filippo Baldi, from Vigevano, lost 3-6, 6-7 to Federico Gaio, while Simone Camposeo was defeated 4-6, 0-6 by Georg Winkler. At 3-1 for the opponents it took two wins to bring home at least a draw. And the first came from the double won by the pair Baldi-Pospisil 6-2, 6-2 over Brzezinski and Trocker. But the final 4-2 for the hosts was signed by the duo Gaio-Bortolotti, who with the score of 6-3, 6-4 got the better of Bega and Camposeo.
In the other match of the first day of group 3 there was a draw in Liguria between Tc Genova and the Tennis Comunali Vicenza. The Genoese will be the next opponents of the Selva Alta next Sunday in Vigevano in a race in which the goal to stay in the running for the first final place (and the qualification for the Italian semi-finals) is now the only one to hit for the Selva Alta that hopes to be able to field all its big names. –