"Then all the great job that all the coaches are doing with the older ones, like (Salvatore) Caruso and (Stefano) Travaglia."
The abundance of Challenger Tour events has been a key factor. For many countries, which don’t have any events, their players are forced to travel, incurring immense cost with no guarantee of success. In Italy, they can stay at home for long periods without losing out on competition.
“I think we are the second, maybe first country for Challengers after the US,” Berrettini said. “The federation guarantees wild cards for the younger ones. It's important also if you have the ranking to play, you don't have to travel too much. You can be in Italy, in Europe, and it's a big thing. I mean, you're going to get, like, less tired.
“(It is) one thing… going (to) China, being there for two months. (It is another) thing being in Europe, Italy, especially for two months. This is really great. It's great for everyone, especially for the younger ones, because they can have a chance to play a high level since the really beginning.”
Italy is also looking to the long-term, too. Berrettini has been with his coach, Vincenzo Santopadre, for 10 years; Sinner has had Ricardo Piatti in his corner since he was 13 and Musetti has been with Simone Tartarini for several years already.