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Vicini, 50, becomes first to play 100 Davis Cup ties

Vicini made his Davis Mug launching in 1993 versus Slovenia, which was additionally the very first incorporate the males’s group occasion for San Marino

San Marino’s Domenico Vicini is uncertain when he will ultimately stop after coming to be the very first gamer on the planet to complete in 100 Davis Mug connections on Friday at the age of 50.

The event for Vicini, that will certainly transform 51 in September, was somewhat soured as he and also his increases companion Simone De Luigi– 33 years more youthful– decreased to Rafn Bonifacius and also Daniel Siddall 6-2 6-3 in the Team IV rubber versus Iceland.

It did not have an influence on the outcome of the connection, nonetheless, as San Marino, Europe’s tiniest independent state after Vatican City and also Monaco, had actually currently won both their songs rubbers in the Europe Area incorporate Baku.

Vicini made his Davis Mug launching in 1993 versus Slovenia, which was additionally the very first incorporate the males’s group occasion for San Marino.

” It’s a fantastic accomplishment for me and also it’s a satisfaction to play once more this year for the Davis Mug group,” Vicini stated from Baku with group companion Marco De Rossi increasing up as the translator.

” Truthfully I do not understand when I will certainly quit. I will certainly remain to play when I can. The inspiration is the interest for the sporting activity, to complete for my nation San Marino.”

Vicini stated he was not knowledgeable about his coming close to Davis Mug landmark at the beginning of this week. He selected his 6-7( 4) 7-6( 6) 13-11 win in 1996 over Senegal’s leading songs gamer Abou Berthe in a Team III rubber before a stuffed group as one of the most unforgettable minute in his virtually 30-year occupation.

Today he additionally came to be the earliest gamer to win any kind of Davis Mug suit when he and also increases companion De Rossi beat Martin Muedini and also Mario Zili of Albania on Wednesday. 3 years back, Vicini had actually ended up being the earliest to win a Davis Mug songs suit at the age of 47 years and also 318 days.

As San Marino’s having fun captain, Vicini nowadays favors to leave the songs matches to various other gamers, yet constantly places his hand up for the increases.

” For us it’s a fantastic point to have a tennis gamer like him in the group. He’s still dipping into 51,” stated De Rossi, the group’s primary songs gamer that captained San Marino in 2015 in Vicini’s lack.

” It’s a fantastic point to have somebody that has actually been playing because a long period of time back. He can show us a great deal, share his experience. He’s the lion of the group. The lion is still to life.”

San Marino, which is landlocked inside north Italy with a populace of regarding 33,000, will certainly have an opportunity to go back to Team III on Saturday when they tackle hosts Azerbaijan in the promo playoff.

A success and also promo would certainly be an excellent coating to Vicini’s record-breaking week.

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