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Italian Journalist Ubaldo Scanagatta Talks Tennis with Craig Shapiro

Season 9, Ep. 2

Since 1974, Ubaldo Scanagatta has been among the most significant Italian tennis broadcasters and journalists on the planet. When Novak Djokovic mimicked his glorious Italian accent the tennis community was alerted in mass to this man, however for 40 years, Ubaldo, with Rino Tommasi and Gianni Clerici were the voices of Italian tennis, creating lingo and lexicon, for example a “Veronica” and a “Circoletto Rosso”, and we discussed it all. It was tremendous fun, and absolutely fascinating.

His media outlet, UBI TENNIS is prolific in tennis, and his website is offered in Italian, Spanish, and English.

Ubaldo and I discussed Sinner's injury and Giorgi's retirement, as well as Berrettini's injury problems. He talked about the success of Italian tennis and the young junior Federico Cina. He gave a thorough explanation of Tennis Australia's fight against the Saudi incursion, as well as the current situation with Novak Djokovic.

Ubaldo discussed the history, and current state of tennis media.

Recorded 5.15 Released 5.19

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