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Milan Indoor
Milan Indoor
Defunct tennis tournament
Event nameMilan (1978-97, 2001-05)
London (1998-2000)
TourATP Tour (1990-2005)
Grand Prix circuit (1981-89)
WCT circuit (1978-80)
Founded1978 (1978)
Abolished2005
Editions28
LocationMilan, Italy (1978-97, 2001-05)
London, UK (1998-2000)
VenuePalazzo dello Sport
PalaLido
Palazzo Trussardi
Assago Forum
Battersea Park
London Arena
SurfaceCarpet (i) (1978-99, 2001-05)
Hard (i) (2000)

The Milan Indoor, also known under various sponsored names, was a men's professional tennis tournament held from 1978 until 2005. It took placed in Milan, Italy with the exception of three years (1998-2000) when it was held in London, United Kingdom. The event was part of the Grand Prix circuit (1981-89) and ATP Tour (1990-2005) and was played on indoor carpet courts, except for the 2000 edition which was played on an indoor hard court. The most successful singles players were John McEnroe and Boris Becker who both won four titles. Stefan Edberg and Roger Federer won the first singles title of their career at the event.[1] A single female edition of the event was held in 1991, won by Monica Seles. Due to a lack of sponsorship the tournament was replaced on the 2006 ATP Tour by the Zagreb Indoors.[2]

History

The first four editions of the tournament, from 1978 until 1982, were part of the World Championship Tennis circuit, which during that time was incorporated into the Grand Prix calendar. From 1982 through 1989 the event was part of the Super Series tier of the Grand Prix circuit. Initially the tournament was played at the Palazzo dello Sport, near the San Siro stadium, but in 1985 the PalaLido became the event venue after heavy snowfall in January that year had caused the roof of the Palazzo dello Sport to collapse, forcing it to close. In 1987 the tournament moved again, this time to the newly-build Palazzo Trussardi. From 1990 to 1992, during the first years of the ATP Tour, the tournament was part of the World Series, its lowest tier, but in 1993 it was upgraded to the Championship Series tier. In 1991, the Assago Forum became the host of the event, before it moved back again to the Palatrussardi for the 1996 and 1997 editions.

In 1998 the tournament moved to London, England and was played at Battersea Park before moving to the London Arena in 2000 when it became part of the International Series Gold category. Due to the loss of its main sponsor the tournament moved back to its original host city Milan in 2001 where it was held at the PalaLido until its last edition in 2005.[3]John McEnroe and Boris Becker won the singles title four times and the roll of honor contains 10 Grand Slam tournament winners, including Stefan Edberg and Roger Federer, who both won their first career singles title in Milan.

During its history the tournament was known under various, mostly sponsored, names; WCT Milan, the Cuore Tennis Cup, the Fila Trophy, the Stella Artois Indoor, the Muratti Time Indoors, the Italian Indoors, the Guardian Direct Cup, the AXA Cup, the Breil Milano Indoors, the ATP Indesit Milano Indoors, and the Internazionali di Lombardia.[4]

Past finals

Roger Federer won his first career title in Milan in 2001, defeating Julien Boutter in the final
Boris Becker was the most successful player at the event, reaching five singles finals -winning four- and three doubles finals -winning all three of them-

Men

Singles

Doubles

Location Year Champion Runners-up Score
Milan 1978 Spain José Higueras
Paraguay Victor Pecci
Poland Wojtek Fibak
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
5-7, 7-6, 7-6
1979 United States Peter Fleming
United States John McEnroe
Argentina José Luis Clerc
Czechoslovakia Tomá? ?míd
6-1, 6-3
1980 United States Peter Fleming
United States John McEnroe
United States Andrew Pattison
United States Butch Walts
6-4, 6-3
1981 United States Brian Gottfried
Mexico Raúl Ramírez
United States John McEnroe
United States Peter Rennert
7-6, 6-3
1982 Switzerland Heinz Günthardt
Australia Peter McNamara
Australia Mark Edmondson
United States Sherwood Stewart
7-6, 7-6
1983 Czechoslovakia Tomá? ?míd
Czechoslovakia Pavel Slo?il
United States Fritz Buehning
United States Peter Fleming
6-2, 5-7, 6-4
1984 Czech Republic Tomá? ?míd
Czechoslovakia Pavel Slo?il
South Africa Kevin Curren
United States Steve Denton
6-4, 6-3
1985 Switzerland Heinz Günthardt
Sweden Anders Järryd
Australia Broderick Dyke
Australia Wally Masur
6-2, 6-1
1986 Rhodesia Colin Dowdeswell
South Africa Christo Steyn
South Africa Brian Levine
Australia Laurie Warder
6-3, 4-6, 6-1
1987 Germany Boris Becker
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan ?ivojinovi?
Spain Sergio Casal
Spain Emilio Sánchez
3-6, 6-3, 6-4
1988 West Germany Boris Becker
West Germany Eric Jelen
Czech Republic Miloslav Me?í?
Czechoslovakia Tomá? ?míd
6-3, 6-3
1989 Switzerland Jakob Hlasek
United States John McEnroe
Hungary Balázs Taróczy
Switzerland Heinz Günthardt
6-3, 6-4
1990 Italy Omar Camporese
Italy Diego Nargiso
Netherlands Tom Nijssen
West Germany Udo Riglewski
6-4, 6-4
1991 Italy Omar Camporese
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Goran Ivani?evi?
Netherlands Tom Nijssen
Czechoslovakia Cyril Suk
6-4, 7-6
1992 United Kingdom Neil Broad
Australia David Macpherson
Spain Sergio Casal
Spain Emilio Sánchez
5-7, 7-5, 6-4
1993 Australia Mark Kratzmann
Australia Wally Masur
Netherlands Tom Nijssen
Czech Republic Cyril Suk
4-6, 6-3, 6-4
1994 Netherlands Tom Nijssen
Czech Republic Cyril Suk
Netherlands Hendrik Jan Davids
South Africa Piet Norval
4-6, 7-6, 7-6
1995 Germany Boris Becker
France Guy Forget
Czech Republic Petr Korda
Czech Republic Karel Nová?ek
6-2, 6-4
1996 Italy Andrea Gaudenzi
Croatia Goran Ivani?evi?
France Guy Forget
Switzerland Jakob Hlasek
6-4, 7-5
1997 Argentina Pablo Albano
Sweden Peter Nyborg
South Africa David Adams
Russia Andrei Olhovskiy
6-4, 7-6
London 1998 Czech Republic Martin Damm
United States Jim Grabb
Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov
Czech Republic Daniel Vacek
6-4, 7-5
1999 United Kingdom Tim Henman
United Kingdom Greg Rusedski
Zimbabwe Byron Black
South Africa Wayne Ferreira
6-3, 7-6(8-6)
2000 South Africa David Adams
South Africa John-Laffnie de Jager
United States Jan-Michael Gambill
United States Scott Humphries
6-3, 6-7(7-9), 7-6(13-11)
Milan 2001 Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
Netherlands Sjeng Schalken
Sweden Johan Landsberg
Belgium Tom Vanhoudt
7-6(7-5), 7-6(7-4)
2002 Germany Karsten Braasch
Russia Andrei Olhovskiy
France Julien Boutter
Belarus Max Mirnyi
3-6, 7-6(7-5), [12-10]
2003 Czech Republic Petr Luxa
Czech Republic Radek ?t?pánek
Czech Republic Tomá? Cibulec
Czech Republic Pavel Vízner
6-4, 7-6(7-4)
2004 United States Jared Palmer
Czech Republic Pavel Vízner
Italy Daniele Bracciali
Italy Giorgio Galimberti
6-4, 6-4
2005 Italy Daniele Bracciali
Italy Giorgio Galimberti
France Arnaud Clément
France Jean-François Bachelot
6-7(8-10), 7-6(8-6), 6-4

Women

Singles

Location Year Champion Runner-up Score
Milan 1991 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Monica Seles United States Martina Navratilova 6-3, 3-6, 6-4

Doubles

Location Year Champion Runners-up Score
Milan 1991 United States Sandy Collins
United States Lori McNeil
Belgium Sabine Appelmans
Italy Raffaella Reggi
7-6(7-0), 6-3

See also

References

  1. ^ Remo Borgatti (18 February 2016). "Tornei scomparsi. Stelle senza polvere all'indoor di Milano". Ubitennis (in Italian).
  2. ^ Christian Turba (16 February 2012). "Milano, quanto ci manchi!". Ubitennis (in Italian).
  3. ^ John Roberts (17 October 2000). "London loses ATP Tour event to Milan". The Independent.
  4. ^ "Battersea power showtime". Independent. 22 February 1998.

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