Founded in 1967 on the initiative of seven local tennis lovers – Rino Gazzarrini, Mario Giannoni, Mario e Piero Pantani, Franco Riccioni, Mauro Sabatini, Romano Settesoldi – Santa Croce sull’Arno Tennis club, since the 70’s, has highlighted itself at regional and national level for the organizational initiative realizing high level events.
Santa Croce Tennis school has always had excellent trainers who launched their players at high level (among them the florentine brothers Simone e Pierfrancesco Restelli, Silvia Marchetti and Ettore Rossetti, Matteo Catarsi and Elisa Balsamo, Matteo and Martina Trevisan). In the field of tournaments organization, we recall that in the 70’s (for five seasons, 1973-78) the red-and-white club hosted the II category Italian Championships, and since 1979, the ITF International Junior Tournament has been held on its courts, traditionally in mid May (Gabriela Sabatini, Thomas Muster, Marcelo Rios, Anna Kournikova, Gustavo Kuerten and Martina Hingis have played here).
Santa Croce sull’Arno Tennis club, today a modern reality, has 90 members and its tennis school (lead by trainers Matteo Catarsi e Monica Corsoni) has 80 pupils. Santa Croce tennis teams compete every year to junior and senior championships.