Luca Nardi (ITA)
From an increasingly successful production line of Italian men’s tennis talent comes the latest name, 18-year-old Luca Nardi.
The Pesaro-born teenager became the youngest of 17 Italians in the top 200 early this month and made his tour-level debut last week as a wildcard in Rome before he fell to ninth seed Cameron Norrie.
This season, he won his first two Challenger titles in Forli and Lugano, which saw him join Sinner as the youngest Italian to win multiple titles at that level.
With ample strength in numbers among compatriots ranked above him, the depth is not lost on Nardi.
“In Italy, the other players push me to do my best,” Nardi told atptour.com.
“We have so many good players now, with [Jannik] Sinner, [Matteo] Berrettini, [Lorenzo] Musetti and [Lorenzo] Sonego.
“I hope I can be [like them] in the future. They always push me to do much better and work harder.”
Nardi makes his Roland-Garros qualifying debut against Slovakian Andrej Martin.