Maria Teresa Lavazza will thus be again the non-playing captain of the Blue Team.
Lavazza, after 13 years in this role, had resigned in May 2012. After winning the World Championships in Bali (2013), players of the Lavazza Team (Norberto Bocchi, Giorgino Duboin and Agustin Madala) had decided not to represent Italy anymore. Bocchi-Madala had been asked to play for the Open in 2016, but they had again refused to participate.
The Doyenne of Coffee’s return to the Open may pave the way for her players to come back as well.