- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

BRINDISI, Italy (AP) - More than a thousand fans have lined the streets of Flavia Pennetta’s hometown of Brindisi, in southern Italy, to welcome back the U.S. Open champion.

Pennetta arrived Friday at a seafront stage on an open-top bus, accompanied by 50 children from the local tennis club where she learned to play.

Waiting for her on stage for the brief celebration was the mayor of Brindisi, Mimmo Consales.

Pennetta beat fellow Italian Roberta Vinci in New York on Saturday to claim her first Grand Slam title and immediately announced her retirement.

The 33-year-old was also the first Italian to triumph at Flushing Meadows.

Sign up for Daily Newsletters

Copyright © 2019 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide