First held back in 1979, both in “allievi” and “juniores” version, and initially included as a step of ETA circuit (European Tennis Association), the International Junior tournament of Santa Croce sull’Arno has been part of the ITF circuit (International Tennis Federation) since 1990, and in 1992 has been qualified as Grade I by the Junior World Ranking, a prestigious ranking, still maintained as the italian preview of Bonfiglio Trophy in Milan.
During its long history, the International Tournament of Santa Croce sull’Arno has hosted more than 3500 promises belonging to 90 nations of 5 continents, most of them reached the highest peaks of professional tennis.
It’s enough mentioning the names of german Eva Pfaff, hungarian Andrea Temesvari, australian Richard Fromberg, and more of argentinean Gabriela Sabatini and dutch Richard Krajicek, until russian Anna Kournikova and british Andy Murray, argentinean David Nalbandian and czech Nicole Vaidisova.
Seven players were juniors at the tournament of Santa Croce to become number one in the future ATP and WTA ranking: they are Thomas Muster, Marcelo Rios, Yevgheny Kafelnikov, Gustvo Kuerten, Martina Hingis, Amelie Mauresmo and Kim Clijsters.
In 2007, 16 years after Filippo Messori’s victory, an italian player, Matteo Trevisan, inscribed his name in the roll of honour, who realized his dream to win on the same courts where he started to practice this sport.