ATP tennis event compared to ‘Fyre Festival’ by players as courts tear up and fans rage | Tennis | sport

The controversial 2022 Napoli Tennis Cup ended on Sunday, with Lorenzo Musetti securing his second ATP title of the year with a 7-6 6-2 win over Matteo Berrettini. But many players will be happy to see the tournament return after a week of chaos, and it has now been described as “Fyre Fest 2022”.

The Naples tournament was promoted from a Challenger to an ATP 250 event on a one-year license in 2022 due to Covid-19 cancellations in China. But after a widely acclaimed ATP 250 showcase in Florence a week earlier, also on a one-year license, the Tennis Napoli Cup could not follow suit.

The players first threatened to withdraw from the tournament after discovering marks and bumps covering the courts as they arrived for qualifying, postponing the main draw. As qualifying took place off-site, organizers tore up the courts and shipped the used ones to Florence before spending Monday and Tuesday installing them.

More negative headlines emerged after a player, Nicolas Barrientos, raged on social media after finding his and his wife’s belongings spread out in a hotel hallway after they failed to confirm their time. departure. And on Wednesday night disgruntled fans chanted ‘refund’, ‘this is a scam’, ‘needs a class action’ and ‘you don’t understand’ when play was suspended due to the humidity making the courts too slippery.

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Mackenzie McDonald, who reached the semi-finals in a losing effort to Matteo Berrettini, is another player to speak out about Napoli’s nightmare. He took to his Instagram to cheekily tag the tournament “Fyre Fest 2022” in a search for everything that went wrong during the week.

The Fyre Festival made history for all the wrong reasons in 2017. The scam luxury music festival was hosted on the Bahamian island of Great Exuma by con artist Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule. After many high-profile social media models helped promote the event, hundreds of people traveled, only to be met with disaster.

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