Family Affair Leads Challenger Restart In Italy
The Marchesinis are running multiple events as the ATP Challenger Tour resumes
Players returning to action on the ATP Challenger Tour know very well that it's taken a team effort to make this all come together. Operating a professional tournament amid a global pandemic is no simple task. From enforcing protocols and policies to make everyone feel safe, it takes hard work and dedication to make it all come together. For the team at MEF Tennis Events, their commitment has been on full display.
Run by the Marchesini family - Marcello and his daughters Elena and Federica - the MEF team have been hard at work organising three tournaments in the early stages of the restart. Creating a secure environment without compromising on their world-class Italian hospitality has come natural. They've been doing this throughout Italy since 2007.
Two weeks ago, they kicked off the return to play with a Challenger 100 tournament in Todi and are poised to run additional events in nearby Forli and Parma, in September and October... All while planning a wedding. On Saturday, Federica tied the knot, getting married in a small ceremony in the Umbria region.
"I think that for the first tournament of the ATP Challenger Tour restart, they are doing a fantastic job," Yannick Hanfmann, champion in Todi, exclaimed. "Everybody felt pretty safe. All the players followed the protocols and we're just lucky that it's possible to play with all the rules in place."
The stars will be out in Forli, with Top 100 stalwarts Pablo Andujar, James Duckworth, Andreas Seppi and Cameron Norrie on the entry list. And in Parma, the second edition of the Internazionali di Tennis Emilia Romagna kicks off the month of October on the ATP Challenger Tour.