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Adriano Panatta (born 9 July 1950) is a former professional tennis player from Italy. He is best remembered for winning the French Openmarker in 1976.

Career

Panatta was born in Romemarker. His father was the caretaker of the Tennis Club Parioli, and as a youngster he learned to play the game on the club's clay courts. He became a successful European junior player before turning professional.

In his early career, Panatta won top-level professional titles at Bournemouthmarker in 1973, Florencemarker in 1974, and at Kitzbühelmarker and Stockholmmarker in 1975.

The pinnacle of his career arrived in but 1976, when he won the French Openmarker defeating Harold Solomon in the final 6–1, 6–4, 4–6, 7–6 (in the first round he had saved a match point against the Czechoslovakianmarker Pavel Hutka). In the same year he also won the Italian Openmarker (having saved 11 match points in his first round match against the Australian Kim Warwick) beating Guillermo Vilas in the final (2–6, 7–6, 6–2, 7–6). He finished off 1976 by helping Italy capture its first-ever Davis Cup title, winning two singles and a doubles rubber in the final against Chilemarker. He reached his career-high singles ranking of World No. 4 that year.

Panatta is the only player to have defeated Björn Borg at the French Open. He achieved this feat twice – in the fourth round in 1973 (7–6, 2–6, 7–5, 7–6), and in quarter-finals in 1976 (6–3, 6–3, 2–6, 7–6).

In 1977, Panatta won the WCT tournament in Houstonmarker, where he managed to defeat Jimmy Connors and Vitas Gerulaitis. He followed this up with another title in Tokyomarker in 1978.

Panatta was less successful on fast surfaces. On grass courts, his most notable performance came in reaching the quarter-finals at Wimbledonmarker in 1979. He was beaten at that stage by Pat Dupre in 5 sets (3–6, 6–4, 6–7, 6–4, 6–3).

After the 1976 Davis Cup triumph, Panatta helped Italy reach the Davis Cup final on three further occasions – in 1977, 1979 and 1980. The team lost to Australia in 1977, the United Statesmarker in 1979, and to Czechoslovakia in 1980. Overall, Panatta compiled a 64-36 Davis Cup record (55-17 on clay).

Panatta's final career singles title came in 1980 at Florence. He retired from the professional tour in 1983.

Since retiring as a player, Panatta has gone on to serve as Captain of Italy's Davis Cup team and as Tournament Director of the Rome Masters. He is also a professional powerboat racer.

Grand Slam finals

Singles: 1 (1-0)

Win (1)
Year Championship Opponent in final Score in final
1976 French Openmarker Harold Solomon 6–1, 6–4, 4–6, 7–6


Singles titles (9)

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in Final Score in Final
1. 1973 Bournemouth, Englandmarker Clay Ilie Năstase 6–8, 7–5, 6–3
2. 1974 Florence, Italy Clay Paolo Bertolucci 6–3, 6–1
3. 1975 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Jan Kodeš 2–6, 6–2, 7–5, 6–4
4. 1975 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) Jimmy Connors 6–4, 6–3
5. 1976 Rome, Italymarker Clay Guillermo Vilas 2–6, 7–6, 6–2, 7–6
6. 1976 French Openmarker, Parismarker Clay Harold Solomon 6–1, 6–4, 4–6, 7–6
7. 1977 Houston WCT, U.S. Clay Vitas Gerulaitis 7–6, 6–7, 6–1
8. 1978 Tokyo Outdoor, Japan Clay Pat Du Pré 6–3, 6–3
9. 1980 Florence, Italy Clay Raúl Ramírez 6–2, 2–6, 6–4


Runner-ups (16)

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in Final Score in Final
1. 1972 Hamburg, Germanymarker Clay Manuel Orantes 3–6, 8–9, 0–6
2. 1972 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Andres Gimeno 5–7, 8–9, 4–6
3. 1973 Valencia, Spainmarker Clay Manuel Orantes 4–6, 4–6, 3–6
4. 1973 Barcelona, Spainmarker Clay Ilie Năstase 1–6, 6–3, 1–6, 2–6
5. 1973 Nice, France Clay Manuel Orantes 6–7, 7–5, 6–4, 6–7, 10–12
6. 1973 Madrid, Spainmarker Clay Ilie Năstase 3–6, 6–7, 7–5, 1–6
7. 1973 Florence, Italy Clay Ilie Năstase 3–6, 6–3, 6–0, 6–7, 4–6
8. 1974 Båstad, Sweden Clay Björn Borg 3–6, 0–6, 7–6, 3–6
9. 1975 Madrid, Spainmarker Clay Jan Kodeš 2–6, 6–3, 6–7, 2–6
10. 1975 Barcelona, Spain Clay Björn Borg 6–1, 6–7, 3–6, 2–6
11. 1975 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay Guillermo Vilas 6–2, 2–6, 6–4
12. 1976 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Raúl Ramírez 5–7, 7–6, 1–6, 3–6
13. 1978 Rome, Italymarker Clay Björn Borg 6–1, 3–6, 1–6, 6–4, 3–6
14. 1978 Bologna, Italy Clay Peter Fleming 2–6, 6–7
15. 1980 Geneva, Switzerland Clay Balázs Taróczy 3–6, 2–6
16. 1980 Paris Indoor, France Carpet Brian Gottfried 6–4, 3–6, 1–6, 6–7


Doubles titles (17)

No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponent in the final Score
1. 1973 Florence, Italy Clay Paolo Bertolucci Juan Gisbert
Ilie Năstase
6–3, 6–4
2. 1974 Florence, Italy Clay Paolo Bertolucci Robert Machan
Balázs Taróczy
6–3, 3–6, 6–4
3. 1974 Båstad, Sweden Clay Paolo Bertolucci Ove Nils Bengtson
Björn Borg
3–6, 6–2, 6–4
4. 1975 Bologna WCT, Italymarker Carpet Paolo Bertolucci Arthur Ashe
Tom Okker
6–3, 3–6, 6–3
5. 1975 London WCT, Englandmarker Carpet Paolo Bertolucci Jürgen Fassbender
Hans-Jürgen Pohmann
6–3, 6–4
6. 1975 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Paolo Bertolucci Patrice Dominguez
François Jauffret
6–2, 6–2, 7–6
7. 1975 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay Paolo Bertolucci Jürgen Fassbender
Hans-Jürgen Pohmann
7–6, 6–7, 6–4
8. 1977 St. Louis WCT, U.S. Carpet Ilie Năstase Vijay Amritraj
Dick Stockton
6–4, 3–6, 7–6
9. 1977 London WCT, Englandmarker Hard (i) Ilie Năstase Mark Cox
Eddie Dibbs
7–6, 6–7, 6–3
10. 1977 Houston WCT, U.S. Hard Ilie Năstase John Alexander
Phil Dent
6–3, 6–4
11. 1978 Florence, Italy Clay Corrado Barazzutti Mark Edmondson
John Marks
6–3, 6–7, 6–3
12. 1979 Florence, Italy Clay Paolo Bertolucci Ivan Lendl
Pavel Složil
6–4, 6–3
13. 1979 Barcelona, Spain Carpet Paolo Bertolucci Carlos Kirmayr
Cassio Motta
6–4, 6–3
14. 1980 Monte Carlo, Monacomarker Clay Paolo Bertolucci Vitas Gerulaitis
John McEnroe
6–2, 5–7, 6–3
15. 1980 Paris Indoor, France Carpet Paolo Bertolucci Brian Gottfried
Raymond Moore
6–4, 6–4
16. 1981 Nancy, France Hard (i) Ilie Năstase John Feaver
Jiří Hřebec
6–4, 2–6, 6–4
17. 1982 Florence, Italy Clay Paolo Bertolucci Sammy Giammalva Jr.
Tony Giammalva
7–6, 6–1


Runner-ups (11)

No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponent in the final Score
1. 1975 Richmond WCT, U.S. Carpet Paolo Bertolucci Hans Kary
Fred McNair
6–7, 7–5, 6–7
2. 1975 Barcelona WCT, Spainmarker Carpet Paolo Bertolucci Arthur Ashe
Tom Okker
5–7, 1–6
3. 1976 Stockholm WCT, Swedenmarker Carpet Tom Okker Alex Metreveli
Ilie Năstase
4–6, 5–7
4. 1976 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Paolo Bertolucci Jürgen Fassbender
Hans-Jürgen Pohmann
5–7, 3–6, 3–6
5. 1977 Mexico City WCT, Mexicomarker Hard Ilie Năstase Wojtek Fibak
Tom Okker
2–6, 3–6
6. 1977 Charlotte WCT, U.S.marker Carpet Corrado Barazzutti Tom Okker
Ken Rosewall
1–6, 6–3, 6–7
7. 1977 Masters Doubles WCT, New York Carpet Vitas Gerulaitis Vijay Amritraj
Dick Stockton
6–7, 6–7, 6–4, 3–6
8. 1979 Las Vegas, U.S. Hard Raúl Ramírez Marty Riessen
Sherwood Stewart
6–4, 4–6, 6–7
9. 1980 Florence, Italy Clay Paolo Bertolucci Gene Mayer
Raúl Ramírez
1–6, 4–6
10. 1981 Florence, Italy Clay Paolo Bertolucci Raúl Ramírez
Pavel Složil
3–6, 6–3, 3–6
11. 1984 Palermo, Italy Clay Henrik Sundström Tomáš Šmíd
Blaine Willenborg
7–6, 3–6, 0–6


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