Originally Posted by Henry Chinaski
italy has a matriarchal culture where guys live at home and have their asses wiped by their mothers til they're 45 years old.
not conducive to cultivating the independence and mental toughness required to succeed in an individual sport such as tennis.
It's hard to speak about Italy as a whole, since it's a country that has never been unified and there are tons of differences of any kind..
For instance, all the sportsmen cited by Tchovs are from the nort-eastern part of Italy
If I should speak about individual sportsmen of my part of the country, we still have, say, Federica Pellegrini, Carolina Kostner, Matteo Manassero (which was born in 1993 and is the youngest golfer to win an European event), Manuela di Centa.. and many others, only from my north-eastern native land..
For what concerns tennis though there have been many good players here, generated from the so-called "Italian economic miracle" and the consequent blossoming of shitloads of (red clay) tennis courts, so that every little town has some fucking (unused for decades) courts. Probably apart from Pietrangeli, Barazzutti and Panatta you have saw or heard of Canč, Gaudenzi, Camporese, Furlan..
here are some best rankings: http://www.livetennis.it/post/101623...o-in-attivita/
It's been 20 or 30 years though that soccer overthrown everything again so since 1980 generally speaking everyone here in their young ages plays only soccer
True, mafia plays a preminent role in every aspect of Italian life, even in the northern part of Italy since two decades or more. aided of course by the politicians who even if they come from northern italy joined mafia with little problems..
mafia has always had links with the davis cup too here