Pitch Perfect, the string quartet strikes the right notes in Turin | ATP tour

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Fans were treated to spectacular three-set matches at the Nitto ATP Finals this week, with Novak Djokovic and Casper Ruud among those who produced their best in Turin.

However, the players are not the only ones to have put on a show at the Pala Alpitour. Krystal Kuartet, an electric string band from Bologna, lit up the Pala Alpitour with their perfect performances before each singles match.

For violinists Ilaria Coratti and Altea Saraceni, the experience of playing in front of more than 10,000 fans at each session was memorable.

“I had a range of feelings before playing,” Coratti said. “We were nervous. But then we were really excited when [we] started [playing], with the whole crowd screaming at us. It’s a performance for us. It is a joy for us. »

“It’s really amazing because you walk into the arena and everyone is looking at you and it’s very impressive,” Saraceni added.

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Nitto ATP Finals Tournament Director Adam Hogg said: “I think the key for us is that the event has built a reputation for innovation, technology, breakthrough, market leadership in terms of sports presentation. But it is also [about] mix that with where we are, and that’s the core of what we’re trying to do.

“You see the Italian influence, whether it’s through the contrast between different elements of Italian culture and the professionalism required to be an elite athlete in terms of performance, dedication, skill and time spent at your craft. , etc. [It is about] combining that element of Italianism and culture, but also with modern elite sport.

Coratti and Saraceni revealed that the group, which also includes violinists Greta Rondelli and Viviana Marzolo, train for five hours a day to ensure they perform at their best when they take to the pitch to perform. produce. The pair enjoyed being part of the prestigious year-end event and loved watching the tennis, rewarding each other for their incredible performances by cheering on the players.

“We’ve seen matches and we love it so much,” said Saraceni, who played tennis before focusing on music. “It’s a really important event and Turin is really grateful to have this competition in this city.”

“It’s different because we usually play for private events [such as] birthday parties and weddings,” Coratti said. “Sometimes we play at sporting events. We also went to play an MMA event in Bahrain. But it’s bigger.

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