The Italian star has already made quite the impression on the ATP Tour and the wealth of talent he possesses will no doubt see him challenge for Grand Slam trophies. Here we take a look at the tennis superstar in more detail, including who Lorenzo Musetti’s coach is.
Possessing the full repertoire of shots, the 19-year-old has all the tools to win the biggest prizes in tennis.
The NextGen star brings an air of nonchalance to the court with his flamboyance and expansive game.
Musetti started the season by losing in the final of the Antalya ATP Challenger tournament in three sets to Spaniard Jaume Munar.
He fell in the first round of qualifying at the Australian Open to Botic van de Zandschulp.
The teenager followed up his disappointment Down Under with another final appearance in an ATP Challenger Tour event. He lost to Soonwoo Kwon on home soil in Biella.
It was in Acapulco where Musetti cemented himself on the ATP Tour as he beat Diego Schwartzman, Frances Tiafoe and Grigor Dimitrov en-route to the semi-finals before succumbing to Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-1, 6-3.
His incredible run in Mexico saw him break into the world’s top 100. After two wins in his first ATP Masters 1000 event in Miami, Musetti was beaten in the last 32 by former US Open champion Marin Cilic.
In the build up to the French Open, Musetti beat fellow NextGen stars Felix Auger-Aliassime and Sebastian Korda en-route to reaching the Lyon semi-finals before again being thwarted by Tsitsipas. But, unlike in Acapulco, Musetti pushed the Greek star to three sets.
On his maiden senior Grand Slam appearance, Musetti defeated David Goffin, Yoshihito Nishioka and compatriot Marco Cecchinato en-route to the last 16 of Roland Garros.
Musetti was in dreamland after going two sets to love up against Novak Djokovic, but the Serb came roaring back before Musetti retired in the fifth and deciding set, trailing 4-0.
His run at the French Open propelled Musetti into the limelight and his burgeoning reputation was no longer unknown.
Following his retirement to Djokovic in June, burdened by the weight of expectation, Musetti lost his next five matches, which included first-round defeats at Wimbledon and the Olympics.
Despite reaching a career-high ranking of number 58 in the world, Musetti’s next win didn’t come until the US Open where he won in the first round before beating beaten in straight sets by big server Reilly Opelka.
Musetti snapped a three-game losing streak with victory in the first round of the ATP 250 event in Antwerp against compatriot Gianluca Mager.
He will face fellow Italian sensation and the tournament’s number one seed Jannik Sinner today for a spot in the quarter-finals.
Musetti looks set to qualify for the Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan, which will be held next month.
That tournament will see the eight players under the age of 21 who have accrued the most points this season compete in the season’s showpiece.
Musetti currently sits sixth in the Race to Milan and could be competing against the likes of Sinner, Auger-Aliassime, Carlos Alcaraz, Korda, Jenson Brooksby, Brandon Nakashima and possibly even Holger Vitus Nodskov Rune.
Musetti, who plays right-handed with an elegant single-handed backhand, hit a new career-high ranking of 57 last month but has yet to win his first ATP title.
After reaching the 2020 semi-finals in Sardinia as a wild card, Musetti broke on to the scene by beating multiple Grand Slam winner Stanislas Wawrinka and Japanese star Kei Nishikori to reach the Rome Masters third round as a qualifying wild card.
Reaching the third round meant Musetti became the first player born in 2002 to win an ATP Tour match and the youngster player in Rome since Fabrice Santoro, who achieved the feat aged 18 in 1991 (ATP Tour).
Musetti is a former junior world number one after winning the 2019 Australian Open boys’ singles title and reaching the 2018 US Open boys’ singles final.
Who is Lorenzo Musetti’s coach?
Musetti and his coach Simone Tartarini have been working together for more than ten years.
The 19-year-old describes Tartarini as his “second father”. The teen is more than just a student to Tartarini – he is like family.
Tartarini has two sons, and Musetti is like a third. He lives with his pupil in Monaco and shares double rooms with him on the road.
Musetti and Tartarini will hope to enjoy a trophy-laden partnership as they rise up the rankings and continue to gain priceless experience on the ATP Tour.