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Lavazza on court as Platinum Partner in the Nitto ATP Finals 2021

11/11/2021

Great tennis comes to Turin in a new sporting adventure that Lavazza is bringing to life for fans through a varied programme of special events and opportunities to learn about the culture of real Italian espresso coffee.

11 November 2021 – Great tennis comes to Turin with the Nitto ATP Finals, an international tournament not held in Italy since as far back as 1970, which the city will be hosting and celebrating this year with support from Lavazza in its capacity as Platinum Partner. In deciding to partner with national and local organisations and institutions on the creation of an important new opportunity for Turin’s international visibility and development, Lavazza is renewing its commitment to the city where it was born and grew up, and from where it has always been able to look to the future with confidence. 

“The Nitto ATP Finals offer a great opportunity not only to showcase excellence in tennis, but also to relaunch a city and a major region, the backdrop to our day-to-day lives and our industrial development,” commented Marco Lavazza, Vice President of Lavazza Group and member of the Nitto ATP Finals Honours Committee. “Turin is the city where it all started for Lavazza, while tennis is both a passion and a strategic choice, one that has been a constant feature of our journey towards internationalisation. This is where both our roots and our vision of the future are firmly planted, as shown by our headquarters – Nuvola Lavazza – which will be our hub for meetings and events throughout the tournament. From 14 to 21 November, Italian espresso will be playing at home.”

This year sees the celebration of the first ten years of Lavazza’s partnership with tennis, which began in 2011 at Wimbledon and is now a feature of all the Grand Slam tournaments. A long journey undertaken with passion and energy that has achieved some extraordinary results, including the serving of over a million and a half espressos at each tournament. Over the years, the shared values of pursuing excellence, innovation combined with tradition and ritual, internationalism, fun and passion have strengthened the affinities between Lavazza and this sport.

To heighten the experience of the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin and Italian espresso culture, the Company has created the Lavazza Experience (https://lavazza-experience.it/), a calendar of events and appointments that fully immerses visitors in the capital of espresso coffee, where the founder Luigi Lavazza put down his first roots in 1895 by opening a grocery store in the very heart of the city (via San Tommaso).

For the occasion, the Company has worked on three different locations harmoniously linked by the aromatic thread of true Italian espresso:

·         Nuvola Lavazza, the Group’s headquarters, where guests with a ticket for the Nitto ATP Finals can also visit the Lavazza Museum and the exclusive Espresso Lounge and Espresso Living Room in the “Centrale”, choosing one or more of the experiences on offer, including a highly original temporary exhibition of tennis racquets entitled “The real challenge is putting yourself on the line”.

·         Pala Alpitour, whose outdoor spaces will enable visitors and spectators to discover, step by step, the Barista Technology of Lavazza’s A Modo Mio coffee machines and the rules for enjoying the real Italian espresso coffee.

·         Nitto ATP Finals Fan Village (in piazza San Carlo) will host a large experiential installation reproducing the Lavazza A Modo Mio system with a giant-sized Qualità Oro capsule and a Deséa machine, inside which visitors will be able to experience an immersive journey into the world of espresso, following the entire journey from seed to cup.

As Platinum Partner, the Lavazza brand will also be present on court alongside the players and their fans.              

This journey through coffee experiences, meetings and exhibitions will also involve some young Italian tennis champions and promising talents, three of whom Lavazza has picked to communicate with fans of the sport and anyone else wishing to discover it. The team of young ambassadors for this initiative includes new phenomenon Jannik SinnerLorenzo Musetti and Turin native Lorenzo Sonego.

A choice perfectly in line with the brand’s rejuvenation strategy and employing the method that Lavazza has used ever since its “debut” on tennis courts to spread the true culture of the Italian espresso worldwide, i.e. working with sports personalities known and loved by the fans, the prime example being Andre Agassi.

Culture and tennis, Lavazza’s two strategic pillars, artfully blended.

Another must-see Lavazza Experience during the Nitto ATP Finals week is a photography exhibition: “Martin Parr. We  Sports”. In collaboration with Lavazza Group, a partner of CAMERA, and with Magnum Photos, the exhibition explores the work of one of the legends of contemporary photography. Curated by Walter Guadagnini with Monica Poggi, this solo exhibition traces the career of the great English photographer in around 150 images of various sporting events, with a special focus on his coverage of major tennis tournaments in recent years.

Eight days of great tennis then, but also much more, thanks to a calendar of events and tournament-related activities for all the fans coming to Turin to enjoy the spectacle of eight champions battling it out on court. A new opportunity for Lavazza to restate the strategic importance of tennis as a platform from which to spread the true culture of Italian coffee in a unique and original way.

About Lavazza Group

Lavazza, founded in Turin in 1895, has been owned by the Lavazza family for four generations. As one of the world’s most important coffee roasters, the Group now operates in more than 140 countries through its subsidiaries and distributors, with 70% of revenues generated abroad and a total of over 4,000 employees. Companies that form part of the Lavazza Group include France’s Carte Noire and ESP (acquired in 2016 and 2017 respectively), Denmark’s Merrild (2015), North America’s Kicking Horse Coffee (2017), Italy’s Nims (2017), and the business of Australia’s Blue Pod Coffee Co. (2018). At the end of 2018, following an acquisition, the Lavazza Professional Business Unit was created, which includes the Office Coffee Service (OCS) and Vending systems Flavia and Klix.

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