non essere testa di serie

Today’s Parola del Giorno is the expression non essere testa di serie, which means to be unseeded (literally: to not be seeded). For most tournaments, you will have players who are seeded, unseeded players, and unseeded players who must go through qualifying.

Note that this expression can also be used as an adjective non testa di serie, which means unseeded.

See the expression below:

Tutti sono rimasti sorpresi quando quel nuovo giocatore, nonostante non fosse una testa di serie, ha sconfitto lo scorso campione del torneo. Nessuno si aspettava una performance così straordinaria da parte di un giocatore non testa di serie!

Everyone was surprised when that new player, even though he was unseeded, defeated the last tournament champion. No one expected such an extraordinary performance by an unseeded player!

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