Do you, like me, bemoan the fact that everything is closed on Christmas Day? Well, let me tell you something. We’re wrong. Not everything is closed on Christmas Day. Certainly not the freakin’ Tenis Clube de Sorocaba, where the 10K Brazil F38 Futures is played.

You certainly won’t hear Fernando Romboli or Thales Turini moaning about it. They were working.

In case you haven’t pieced it out yourself by now, the finals of the 10K Brazil F38 took place on Christmas Day between second-seeded Fernando Romboli and sixth-seeded Thales Turini, both of Brazil.

If you’re too lazy to click on my previous Romboli profile, then I’ll repeat the important bits here: “the 21-year-old Romboli had gone into last week’s final with an 0-3 head-to-head record against the 25-year-old Kirche, only to make like Donner and blitz him 6-1 6-0 in the final. I’ll be interested to see whether that result was an anomaly, or if the former #3 world junior – who had wins over people like Roberto Bautista-Agut, Thomas Schoorel, Benoit Paire and Grigor Dimitrov – has finally turned a corner against his older foe. Can Romboli finish off his 48 win, 19 loss season (so far) with a 2nd consecutive tournament victory and reach the 50-win plateau?” Actually, that’s all of it, so no real need to click (and my apologies if you did).

And, of course, the title of this article is the ultimate spoiler. “ Can Romboli finish off his 48 win, 19 loss season (so far) with a 2nd consecutive tournament victory and reach the 50-win plateau?” YES HE CAN! And did, with great style and (if Jason Goodall had been there to watch, he probably would’ve said) with considerable aplomb. Romboli cruised in the final 6-2 6-1 over Turini, pocketing $1300 of Christmas cash.

Fernando Romboli – your Sorocabo Brazil F38 Futures Champion

“I spent Christmas night at the hotel with my family. We had dinner at 21:30 and was asleep and just thinking about the game. But it’s part, so tennis is, no dates. Today I had a great gift and reward for the work they’ve been doing,” said Romboli, according to this Google-translated article.

I’m actually quite pleased to see his game suddenly taking hold on the pro circuit, although I’m not supposed to admit it. Next stop for the man from Rio: Christmas lunch with his family today, and then tomorrow he starts preparation for Monday’s Brazil F1 match! No rest for the wicked, I guess. Or the people who have to work on Christmas.

(note: F1 preview coming (very) soon!)

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