After already getting his hands on a Grand Slam trophy, he is one of several talented Italian youngsters coming through the tennis ranks. But who is Flavio Cobolli’s coach?
The 19-year-old reached number eight in the juniors rankings and ended his junior career by winning the 2020 French Open boys’ doubles title with Dominic Stricker.
The pair showed an amazing mentality to go one better than the year prior at Roland Garros where they lost in the Championship match.
It was at the 2019 French Open where Cobolli reached the junior singles quarter-finals, which was the furthest he got at a junior Grand Slam.
Currently ranked 221 in the world, Cobolli is the youngest of four Italian teenagers ranked in the top 500 (ATP).
He will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of his compatriots and fellow NextGen stars Jannik Sinner and Lorenzo Musetti, who continue their ascent up the world rankings.
Cobolli broke into the world’s top 500 in May this year – three days before his 19th birthday – after reaching his first Challenger final in Rome where he lost in three sets to Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals qualifier Juan Manuel Cerundolo.
The teenager showed his big match credentials and ability to stay composed in the clutch moments, by saving three match points to beat Marcos Giron on his ATP Tour main draw debut.
The Italian was playing on home soil in Parma after entering the tournament as a wildcard.
In the round of 16, Cobolli pushed world number 42 Jan-Lennard Struff all the way in a tight three-setter before losing on a tie-break.
Stuff, the German, is the highest ranked player Cobolli has faced so far in his burgeoning career.
The right-hander captured his first ITF World Tennis Tour title of his career at Antalya in April 2021.
At his first tournament of the year in Egypt, Cobolli was ranked 885th in the world, but eight months later he finds himself ranked 22lst in the ATP Rankings.
Who is Flavio Cobolli’s coach?
Flavio Cobolli’s coach is his father Stefano Cobolli, who is a former tennis player and also coaches at the Rome Tennis Academy.
Also a right-handed player, Cobolli senior from La Spezia, turned professional in 1995 and reached a career high ranking on the professional tour of 236 in the world.
His best performance on the ATP circuit came when he qualified for the main draw of the Umag Open, Croatia, in 1998, and made the second round, where he took Magnus Norman, Stan Wawrinka’s former coach to three sets.
Cobolli senior never got beyond the first round of qualifying for a Grand Slam, so he will be hoping to crack the code with Flavio, who has already showcased his array of talents on the junior circuit.