There were no fans inside the Billie Jean King Tennis Center on Saturday for the third round of the U.S. Open. But right outside court 17, a super fan was cheering loudly for all to hear.
Giovanni Bartocci, owner of Via Della Place restaurant in Manhattan, stood along the fence of Flushing Meadows–Corona Park and yelled in favor of Italian tennis player Matteo Berrettini, who was playing Casper Ruud of Norway.
“I think nobody didn’t hear him. (Bartocci) was really loud today. I think louder than the other days,” Berrettini said in an interview after advancing to the fourth round with a straight-sets victory.
Berrettini frequented Bartocci’s Italian restaurant, and he made it a tradition to eat there during his time at the Open.
Last February, however, the rustic eatery in East Village was destroyed in a fire,…