Less than two months before the Nitto ATP Finals, tennis is already in the spotlight in Turin. In preparation for the year-end event, to be held at the Pala Alpitour stadium from 13-20 November, six parks and iconic locations will be the venues for “Tennis in Piazza” during September and October.
Organised by the Italian Tennis Federation in collaboration with the Municipality of Turin and the Piedmont Regional Schools Directorate, this activation will span across six different events and invites members of the public to familiarise themselves with a sport that is experiencing a moment of extraordinary popularity in Italy.
Following the success of the 2021 edition of “Tennis in Piazza”, this year’s event returns with an avant-garde setup, keeping with the style of the Nitto ATP Finals. Each venue will have a 10×16-metre court, with teachers and supervisors from the Istituto Superiore di Formazione “Roberto Lombardi” (ISF) on hand to assist children and young aspiring players as well as adolescents and adults who want to take the first step toward learning the sport of tennis. Thanks to the collaboration between the ISF, the City of Turin and the Schools Directorate of Piedmont, this initiative has already seen 30 schools confirm their participation.
This year, “Tennis in Piazza” will also offer participants the opportunity to practise another racket sport: table tennis. Next to each tennis court, a further four playing areas will be set up with reduced-size tables specially designed for players in the preliminary stages of the sport. This activation was made possible by the support of technical experts of the Federation and in collaboration with the Piedmont Regional Committee and the Italian Table Tennis Federation.
Each of the six events of the 2022 edition of “Tennis in Piazza” will be organised over three days, from Friday through Sunday. The first day will be dedicated to children from primary schools, the second day to secondary-school students, and the third day to adolescents and adults of any age.
The series, with the patronage of the Municipality of Turin, will start the week 16 September at Parco del Valentino and will continue with the following calendar:
23 – 25 September: Parco Ruffini
30 September – 2 October: Piazza d’Armi
7 – 9 October: Parco della Confluenza
14 – 16 October: Parco Dora
28 – 30 October: Piazza Castello