il sorteggio

Ciao a tutti!! In honor of Wimbledon’s 140th Anniversary, we are going to dedicate our theme to tennis. There are several Italian players competing in Wimbledon this year! If you get a chance, check out the Sports pages of some of the Italian newspapers and see how many of the words profiled this week can be found in their articles!

Today’s Parola del Giorno is the noun il sorteggio, which means draw.

A picture of the draw (il sorteggio) by © Jorge Royan / http://www.royan.com.ar, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15101093

A draw determines the schedule of matches in the tournament and maps out just who is playing whom in the tournament!

NB: Note how Italians pronounce Wimbledon by listening to Daniele below!

See the noun used below:

Wimbledon è conosciuto nel mondo del tennis per i sorteggi che non tengono conto della classifica mondiale. Questo torneo, invece, organizza le partite con le prestazioni sull’erba dei giocatori. Vuol dire che un giocatore che ha partecipato a pochi tornei può avere una testa di serie alta grazie ai suoi successi in passato.

Wimbledon is known in the tennis world for its draws that do not make use of world rankings. This tournament instead organizes matches with the players’ performance on grass. It means that a player who has played in few tournaments can have a high seed thanks to his/her victories in the past.

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