Tennis Napoli Cup - History

History

The tournament is the modern iteration of one of the oldest tennis championships in Italy, the Campionato Partenopeo (Parthenopean Championship), which for men's singles was first contested in 1905. Over the years the men's tournament has been combined with other trophies, such as Coppa Gordon Bennet (1907–1910 and 1937), Coppa Reale (1912–1915), Coppa del Municipio di Napoli (1926–1938), Campionato dell’Europa Centrale (1937–1938), Coppa Città di Napoli (1953–1970), Coppa Carlo D'Avalos (1970).

At the time of the amateur tennis the Naples tournament gained increasing importance over the years, becoming one of the pivotal events of the spring season of the courts of Europe and a decisive step in preparation for the Internationals of Italy and those of France. Following the affirmation of professionalism, the tournament lost its relevance and disappeared, rising from the mid-1990s and finding a place within the category of ATP Challenger.

The women's tournament (singles and doubles), played simultaneously with the men's tournament until 1970, now no longer takes place.

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