Napolitano Notches Open Comunidad Madrid Title

Stefano Napolitano (photo: Alberto Simón/Open Comunidad de Madrid)

MADRID/STARNBERG, April 14, 2024

Stefano Napolitano was crowned champion of the III Open Comunidad de Madrid. In Sunday’s championship match between two unseeded players, the 29-year-old Italian defeated Leandro Riedi of Switzerland 6-3, 6-3.

Napolitano struck five aces, saved both break points he faced and capitalized on three of his own seven break-point chances to secure victory in one hour and 18 minutes.

“I slept well, and upon waking up, I felt it could be a good day for me; I was feeling really good. My opponent was very strong, and I was ready for a tough battle. Riedi is an incredible player, with two titles and two more finals this year, so I am happy to take the title home,” said Napolitano.

“It was the icing on the cake to a great week. Winning a tournament without dropping a set is something that doesn’t happen very often. It’s been a great week, not just in terms of tennis. I loved the tournament and the club, how they treated me in Madrid. It was my birthday this week, and they gave me a cake. Madrid is a place that will stay in my heart. I always say this is a process that goes step by step; you can’t control the ranking points. You can control doing things right, the work you put in, how you control your mind, and how you enjoy everything. I loved this week and what I did, and we’ll see where it takes me.”

By winning his third ATP Challenger Tour career title, his second of the season following his triumph in Bengaluru, India, the 29-year-old Napolitano earned €16,550 in prize money as well as 100 ATP Ranking points.

The III Open Comunidad de Madrid was held at the Club De Campo Villa De Madrid, situated next to the Casa de Campo Madrid, a sprawling public park located in the western part of Madrid, Spain. Covering an area of over 1,700 hectares, it is one of the largest urban parks in the world and serves as a popular recreational and cultural hub for residents and visitors alike.

Originally a royal hunting estate, Casa de Campo was transformed into a public park in the mid-20th century and has since become an iconic green space in Madrid. The park offers a wide range of activities and attractions for people of all ages and interests.