In the final Alcaide defeated Germany's all-time Euro Tour leader Ralf Souquet 9-5. The victory was worth €5000 with Souquet getting €3300 for second place.
The semi-finals saw Alcaide trounce England's Craig Osborne 9-2 and Souquet scrape past countryman Marko Vogel 9-4.
Alcaide's previous best on the Euro Tour were three semi-final spots. It was Spain's second win with Samir Kaddur winning the 2004 Denmark Open. This was Souquet's 25th final, of which he has won a Tour-leading 15 times. The German legend is on a terrific run. His last six finishes is 5th, 1st, 1st, 5th, 3rd and 2nd.
Defending champion Darren Appleton (England) lost 9-6 to Mateusz Sniegocki (Poland) in the last 32.
The win took Alcaide from 15th to fourth in the Euro Tour Ranking. Losing finalist Souquet improved from second to first. Former leader Niels Feijen (Netherlands) dropped to second after a disappointing 9th place and Nick van den Berg (Netherlands) stayed in third.
The tournament was played 26-28 March at the Holiday Inn, Castel Volturno, Italy. It was the second event of seven on the 2009 Euro Tour. Next up is the German Open which runs from May 21-23 2009. It will be the 99th event on the Euro Tour but the first with 10-ball.
- Italy Open 2009 (Event page)
- Italy Open Photo Gallery (www.eurotouronline.eu)
- Official Website of the EPBF - IBP Eurotour
- Alcaide Grabs the Cheese From Souquet (AzBilliards)
- Alcaide and Souquet Contest Italian Open Final (CueSport TV)
- David Alcaide, campeón del Eurotour de Italia (Billarnet - Spanish)
- El Matador vitorioso in Italian Open (Poolkrant - Dutch)
- David Alcaide (Wikipedia)
- Majid wins in Italy (2006 Italy Open)
- Christian Reimering victorious in Italian Open (2007 Italy Open)
- Darren Appleton captures Italy Open (2008 Italy Open)
- Feijen takes French Open for back-to-back Euro Tour titles (2009 Euro Tour)