General Fausto
Gardini
Male
Italy
1930-03-08
Milan, Italy
2008-09-17
Lucca, Italy


About

He was an Italian Davis Cup player and later captain. Gardini had long arms and legs, was renowned for keeping the ball in play and was very determined. "I could not help but admire Gardini because he always tried" said Ken Rosewall. This is how William McHale described Gardini "A stringy, expressive, cavorting clown, Gardini uses the crowd as his personal cheering section". Gardini made his Grand Slam debut at Roland Garros in 1949, where he lost in round three to Eric Sturgess. At Roland Garros in 1951, Gardini lost in the last 16 to Dick Savitt. At Wimbledon Gardini beat Gardnar Mulloy before losing to Frank Sedgman in the last 16. At Roland Garros in 1952, Gardini beat 17 year old Ken Rosewall and Tony Mottram before losing to Jaroslav Drobny in the last 16. At Wimbledon he lost to Straight Clark in round three. At the 1953 Australian championships, Gardini lost in round two to Ian Ayre. At Roland Garros, Gardini reached the quarter finals before losing to Drobny. At Wimbledon he lost in round one to Istvan Sikorski. The highlight of Gardini's career was when he won the title at Rome in 1955, beating Herbert Flam, Enrique Morea and Giuseppe Merlo. The final was a dramatic match. Merlo led by 2 sets to 1 and had two championship points in the fourth set, but suffered from cramps and was forced to retire at 6-6 in the fourth set. After that, Gardini played less and concentrated on running his family's bakery business. By the early 1960s he was playing mainly in Italian tournaments and Davis Cup.



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Archive statistics 1949 - 1965
37
424
329


Tournament wins 1962 - Milano International (Amateur)
1962 - Napoli (Open)
1962 - Italian Nationals (Closed) (Open)
1962 - Ignis International (Amateur)
1961 - Milano International (Amateur)
1961 - Viareggio (Amateur)
1961 - Lesa (Amateur)
1961 - Reggio Calabria (Amateur)
1961 - Italian Nationals (Closed) (Open)
1955 - Lisboa New Years Tournament (Amateur)
1955 - International Championships of Egypt - Cairo (Open)
1955 - Monsanto International (Amateur)
1955 - Italian Nationals (Closed) (Open)
1955 - Varese (Amateur)
1955 - Hanover International (Amateur)
1955 - Italian International Championships ()
1955 - International Championships of Egypt-Alexandria (Open)
1955 - Genoa (Amateur)
1955 - Florence International (Amateur)
1954 - San Remo (Amateur)
1954 - Italian Nationals (Closed) (Open)
1954 - Venezia (Venice International Tournament) (Amateur)
1954 - Brazilian International (Amateur)
1954 - Barcelona International Christmas (Amateur)
1954 - Uruguay International Championships (Amateur)
1953 - San Pellegrino (Amateur)
1953 - Cava Dei Tirreni (Amateur)
1953 - Italian Nationals (Closed) (Open)
1952 - Italian Nationals (Closed) (Open)
1951 - Cortina D'Ampezzo (Amateur)
1951 - Italian Nationals (Closed) (Open)
1951 - Algeria International (Amateur)
1951 - Sao Paulo (Amateur)
1950 - Bodio (Amateur)
1950 - Milano Olimpia (Amateur)
1950 - Italian National Covered Courts (Open)
1950 - Deauville (Open)


Tournaments Viareggio - 1965 Italian International Championships - 1964 Reggio Calabria - 1964 Italy vs. Yugoslavia International Matches - 1964 Italian International Championships - 1963 San Remo - 1963 Napoli - 1963 Milano Indoors - 1963 Italian Nationals (Closed) - 1962 Napoli - 1962 Viareggio - 1962 Reggio Calabria - 1962 Sorrento - 1962 Milano International - 1962 Ignis International - 1962 Coupe Ambrosoli - 1962 Monte Carlo - 1961 Nice - 1961 French Covered Court Championships - 1961 Italian International Championships - 1961 Venezia (Venice International Tournament) - 1961 Italian Nationals (Closed) - 1961 Lausanne - 1961 Napoli - 1961 Viareggio - 1961 Reggio Calabria - 1961 Milano International - 1961 Lesa - 1961 Viareggio - 1960 Lesa - 1960 Italian International Championships - 1959 Sicilian International Championships - 1959 Napoli - 1959 Viareggio - 1959 Lesa - 1959 Italian International Championships - 1955 International Championships of Egypt - Cairo - 1955 International Championships of Egypt-Alexandria - 1955 Midland Counties Championships - 1955 San Remo - 1955 Baden-Baden - 1955 Italian Nationals (Closed) - 1955 Sicilian International Championships - 1955 Napoli - 1955 Genoa - 1955 Pedavena - 1955 Hanover International - 1955 Monsanto International - 1955 Lisboa New Years Tournament - 1955 Florence International - 1955 Varese - 1955 Messina - 1955 Alumni Club University of Beirut - 1955 Venezia (Venice International Tournament) - 1954 Uruguay International Championships - 1954 International Championships of Egypt - Cairo - 1954 International Championships of Egypt-Alexandria - 1954 Argentina International Championships - 1954 San Remo - 1954 France vs Italy Team Match - 1954 Italian Nationals (Closed) - 1954 Team Matches - Egypt - 1954 Sicilian International Championships - 1954 Napoli - 1954 Genoa - 1954 Nations' Cup (Egypt) - 1954 Sao Paulo International - 1954 Pedavena - 1954 Brazilian International - 1954 Italian Team Championships - 1954 King's Cup - Semi-Final b - 1954 Tunis International - 1954 Florence International - 1954 Barcelona International Christmas - 1954 Australian Open - 1953 Wimbledon - 1953 South Australian Championships - 1953 Roland Garros - 1953 Philippines Championships - 1953 Italian International Championships - 1953 Venezia (Venice International Tournament) - 1953 German International Championships - 1953 San Pellegrino - 1953 Italian Nationals (Closed) - 1953 Viareggio - 1953 Cava Dei Tirreni - 1953 Cortina D'Ampezzo - 1953 H.I.K. International - 1953 Florence International - 1953 Parma - 1953 Brescia - 1953 Wimbledon - 1952 Roland Garros - 1952 Italian International Championships - 1952 Venezia (Venice International Tournament) - 1952 San Pellegrino - 1952 Italian Nationals (Closed) - 1952 Sicilian International Championships - 1952 Viareggio - 1952 Cortina D'Ampezzo - 1952 Macomber Cup - Monte Carlo 23's - 1952 Riccione - 1952 Wimbledon - 1951 Roland Garros - 1951 Italian International Championships - 1951 San Pellegrino - 1951 Argentina International Championships - 1951 San Remo - 1951 Italian Nationals (Closed) - 1951 Brazil Championships - 1951 Sicilian International Championships - 1951 Oslo International - 1951 Cava Dei Tirreni - 1951 Cortina D'Ampezzo - 1951 Macomber Cup - Monte Carlo 23's - 1951 Algeria International - 1951 Rio De Janeiro International - 1951 Milano International - 1951 Sao Paulo - 1951 Swiss International Championships - 1950 Deauville - 1950 San Remo - 1950 Turkish International Championships (Turkey Open) - 1950 Eastern Mediterranean Championships - 1950 Bodio - 1950 Lugano Lido Night Tournament - 1950 Lugano Lido Tournament - 1950 Italian National Covered Courts - 1950 Milano Olimpia - 1950 Monte Carlo - 1949 Roland Garros - 1949 San Remo - 1949 Italian Nationals (Closed) - 1949 Villars - 1949 Opatija - 1949 Pakistan International Championships - 1949 Montecatini - 1949

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