Italian tennis is currently brimming with both emerging and established stars. Here we take a look at another man who had an incredible 2021 in more detail, including who Lorenzo Sonego’s coach is.
The man from Turin earned a personal-best 30 wins and achieved a career-high ranking of number 21 in the world during 2021, winning Caligari titles to become first Italian champion on home soil in singles, since 2006 and in doubles since 2005 (ATP).
Sonego broke into the ATP Rankings top 50 after saving a championship point against Miomir Kecmanovic to win first ATP Tour title at 2019 Antalya.
In his illustrious career, Sonego has also ousted world number one and 20-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic. En-route to the 2020 Vienna final, the 26-year-old beat the Serb 6-2,6-1, becoming first lucky loser to defeat Djokovic and equalling fewest games conceded to ‘Nole’ in a match (ATP).
Djokovic isn’t the only Grand Slam champion that Sonego has got the better off. At the 2021 ATP Masters 1000 event in Rome, Sonego saved one match point to beat US Open champion Dominic Thiem, en-route to reaching the semi-finals.
In the third round of the 2020 French Open, Sonego saw off American Taylor Fritz 7-6, 6-3, 7-6, to reach the last-16. But after beating Fritz 19-17, in the third-set tie-break, Sonego won the longest men’s singles tie-break in tournament history (ATP).
Sonego started 2021 by being on the wrong end of a five-set epic at the Australian Open. After looking like he was set for the third round, the Italian was shocked by the veteran Spaniard Feliciano Lopez, who came from two sets down to shock Sonego.
Fresh after his disappointment Down Under, Sonego beat NextGen stars Hugo Gaston and Sebastian Korda in Montpellier before losing to Belgian David Goffin.
In his run to the Rome Masters semi-finals, as well as beating Thiem, Soengo beat Gael Monfils and Andrey Rublev. And in his last four clash, he forced Djokovic into a deciding set, but the Serb had too much for the home star.
In the build up to Wimbledon, Sonego reached the final of Eastbourne, before losing the Championship match on a final set tie-break to Alex de Minaur.
Sonego’s grass court preparations set him up well for All England Club where he reached the last-16 before losing to all-time great and his idol Roger Federer.
Who is Lorenzo Sonego’s coach?
Sonego started playing tennis at the age of 11 with Gipo Arbino who remains his coach today (ATP). His father, Giorgio, was his main influence to start a tennis career.
Arbino was a young tennis star back in the 60s, but due to financial constraints, he could not continue playing the sport.
Gipo and Sonego met in 2006 through a common friend and since then Sonego has been under his stewardship.
Due to the successful partnership between the pair, Arbino has formed the Torino Tennis Talent where young players are nurtured and mentored.