Italian tennis is brimming with talent and this player looks to have gone under the radar in 2021. Here we take a look at Gianluca Mager in more detail, including who his coach is.
The 27-year-old ended 2021 at a career-high ranking of world number 62 after qualifying in back-to-back weeks at Vienna and ATP Masters 1000 Paris.
The Italian has surpassed his achievements in 2020, which saw him break into the world’s top 100 and clinch the biggest win of his career over US Open champion Dominic Thiem on the clay of Rio de Janeiro.
Mager became the first qualifier in the Brazilian tournament’s seven-year history to reach the final where he was ousted by Chilean Christian Garin (ATP).
In 2020, Mager also made a victorious Davis Cup debut to help Italy beat South Korea 4-0, in a Davis Cup Qualifier.
But in 2021, Mager reached four ATP quarter-finals at Delray Beach, Belgrade-1, Kitzbuhel and Sofia. In the first Grand Slam of 2021, Mager was unfortunately drawn against an inspired Aslan Karatsev, who went on to reach the semi-finals, in the first round.
Following a blip in form, Mager regained some confidence and rediscovered that match-winning feeling by winning the 2021 Challenger event in Marbella.
In his second ATP quarter-final appearance of the 2021 season, Mager once again ran into the imperious Karatsev.
At the ATP Masters 1000 event in Rome, Mager beat Alex de Minaur in the opening round before losing to compatriot Lorenzo Sonego, in the round of 32.
At the French Open, Mager took a set off Italian superstar Jannik Sinner, but the youngster triumphed in four-sets. On the grass of Wimbledon, Mager was beaten in three tight sets by mercurial Australian Nick Kyrgios.
The Italian finished the 2021 campaign with a 16-23 win/loss record.
Who is Gianluca Mager’s coach?
Mager, a right-hander with a two-handed backhand, never ranked on the ITF Junior Circuit and according to the ATP, he played tennis for fun until he was 18 and then started to take the sport seriously. His father, Sergio, is an insurance agent and his mother, Anna, is a secretary.
The Italian is currently coached by his girlfriend and former player Valentine Confalonieri, who is 29-years-old, a fellow Italian and had a career-high singles ranking of number 401.
Mager has already significantly surpassed his girlfriend’s ranking and he will no doubt have his eyes set on cracking the world’s top 50 in 2022.