Simone Bolelli

Simone Bolelli

Italian tennis player
Date of Birth: 08.10.1985
Country: Italy

  1. Biography of Simone Bolelli
  2. Early Career
  3. First Victories
  4. Continued Success
  5. Challenges and Exclusion
  6. Hopman Cup and Breakthrough

Biography of Simone Bolelli

Simone Bolelli is an Italian tennis player who was born on October 8, 1985, in Bologna, Italy.

Simone Bolelli

Early Career

In 2003, Bolelli reached the semifinals of the ITF Futures tournament for the first time. He ultimately lost to Jaroslav Pospisil in that stage. Bolelli primarily played in the Futures series during this season, with only one attempt at the Challenger series, where he reached the second round before losing to Galo Blanco. By the end of the year, Bolelli was ranked 623rd in the world.

Simone Bolelli

First Victories

In 2004, Bolelli made it to the final of a Futures tournament for the first time, but was defeated by Dominique Coene. However, he quickly rebounded and won the next two Futures tournaments he participated in. He also reached the final of a Challenger tournament in Brasov. Bolelli achieved his first doubles victory on the Futures circuit in the same year. By the end of the season, he was ranked 269th in singles and 533rd in doubles.

Simone Bolelli

Continued Success

In 2005, Bolelli did not manage to win any Futures tournaments, but he reached the final of a Challenger tournament in Trani. His doubles performances were also not successful that year. In 2006, Bolelli mainly played at the Challenger level, with limited success in higher-level tournaments. He reached the Rome Masters but lost to Fernando Verdasco in three sets. Bolelli won a Futures tournament in Como and finished as the runner-up in Recanati. Later in the year, he achieved his first Challenger title but lost in the final of the next tournament in Bergamo. Bolelli also qualified for the Vienna tournament but lost in the first round. In doubles, he reached the final of the Naples Challenger tournament and the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Masters with partner Andreas Seppi. By the end of the year, Bolelli was ranked 127th in singles and 171st in doubles.

Challenges and Exclusion

In 2007, Bolelli reached the second round of qualifying at the Australian Open and the main draw at the French Open and Wimbledon. However, he faced challenges off the court as the Italian Tennis Federation excluded him from national team events for missing a Davis Cup match in the Euro-African zone playoffs. As a result, Bolelli was unable to participate in the Davis Cup or the Olympic Games and was also denied wildcards for selected tournaments.

Hopman Cup and Breakthrough

In 2009, Bolelli represented Italy in the Hopman Cup alongside Flavia Pennetta. He won two out of three matches, only losing to former world number one Marat Safin. Later that year, Bolelli achieved his first victory against a top-ten player, Gilles Simon. He also reached the second round of the Australian Open. On July 11, 2012, Bolelli lost to David Ferrer in a match at the Swedish Open.