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Gianluigi Quinzi

 

Gianluigi Quinzi

Gianluigi Quinzi
Quinzi in 2013
Country  Italy
Residence Cittadella, Italy
Born (1996-02-01) 1 February 1996
Cittadella, Italy
Height 1.88 m
Turned pro 2012
Plays Left handed (double handed backhand)
Coach(es) Eduardo Medica
Prize money $32,807 USD
Singles
Career record 0-0 (ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 301 (7 July 2014)
No. 1 Junior
Current ranking No. 301 (7 July 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open Junior QF (2013)
French Open Junior QF (2013)
Wimbledon Junior W (2013)
US Open Junior QF (2012, 2013)
Doubles
Career record 0-0 (ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 511 (9 June 2014)
Current ranking No. 526 (7 July 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open Junior SF (2012)
Wimbledon Junior QF (2012)
US Open Junior QF (2013)
Last updated on: July 7, 2014.

Gianluigi Quinzi[1] (Italian pronunciation: ; born February 1, 1996), is a tennis player from Italy. On 9 June 2014 he reached a new career-high of no. 302 on the ATP World Tour rankings. He reached his high ranking of no. 1 in ITF Juniors rankings[2] on January 1, 2013. He is a Junior Grand Slam champion as he won the 2013 Wimbledon Championships.[3]

Personal life

Gianluigi was born in [4] His parents, always get too nervous when their son is playing and as a result they are not present to his games, not even in the junior boy's final of 2013 Wimbledon.[5]

Junior career

Gianluigi Quinzi at 2013 French Open Junior

Initially Quinzi applied himself to Alpine skiing, gaining a second place in the championships of the Trentino-Alto Adige; but at seven years old, after leaving other sports as well, he focused his efforts primarily on tennis.
At the age of 8 he was noticed by the talent scout Nick Bollettieri who offered him a scholarship to his academy.[4] He participated at the Little Mo, tournament played in Florida which is reserved for Under-10 players, and triumphed printing his name in the Hall of Fame of a tournament won in the past by players such as Serena Williams and Andy Roddick.[4] At thirteen years old, he became the youngest player in the ITF Junior rankings and the next year he triumphed in four tournaments in a row with a series of twenty victories.[6]

He started to be known early in Junior ITF tournaments: at age of fourteen - in 2010 - he won the Honduras Junior Bowl, on clay court, by defeating in the final Walner Espinoza 6–0, 6–1, becoming the youngest Italian player to win an ITF Junior tournament.[7] With the excellent results obtained in 2010, Quinzi was nominated Player of the Year, in the category Under-14, by the European Tennis Association; before him, years before, previous nominees for this award have included Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Marin Čilić, Gaël Monfils, Kim Clijsters, Justine Henin and Anna Kournikova.[8]

Quinzi obtained his best result in Italy: in Milan he won the Trofeo Bonfiglio in 2012, beating Temür Ismailov in three sets. In the month of June at the 2012 French Open Junior he was seeded number 2. He was eliminated in the third round by British tennis player Kyle Edmund, with a result of 7–6(1), 1–6, 6–4. At the 2012 Wimbledon Junior the young Italian, number 3 seed, arrived in the semifinals where he lost to Luke Saville, who was ranked number 1 in the Junior ITF rankings and the returning champion from 2011. In the month of September he reached the Quarterfinals at the 2012 US Open Junior, losing in three sets to the Japanese player Yoshihito Nishioka.

In September 2012 Quinzi entered in the history of Italian tennis: he won the 2012 Junior Davis Cup with Filippo Baldi: it was the first time ever in tennis history that Italy won the Junior Davis Cup (in 2011 Italy finished runner-up with Quinzi also playing).

On January 1, 2013 Quinzi reached his best ranking of no.1 in the world in the ITF Junior rankings: he's the first Italian player ever to obtain this result. At 2013 Australian Open Quinzi, seeded no.2, reached the quarterfinals without losing a set, but there he was defeated by Thanasi Kokkinakis in three sets. In the month of March Quinzi reached the final of the 43rd Banana Bowl tournament, but he lost in three sets to the French player Jean Sebastien Tatlot. The following week he won the 30th Copa Gerdau beating 6–4, 6–3, Stefan Kozlov in the final.

At the second Junior Grand Slam of the season, the 2013 French Open, Quinzi, despite some physical problems, arrived into the quarterfinals, where he lost to number 2 Nikola Milojević 7–6(2), 6–2. However, one month later, Quinzi, seeded sixth, soon reached the semifinals at 2013 Wimbledon, beating 10th seed Tatlot 6–1, 6–1 in the third round, and the same Nikola Milojević who beat him on the French clay, prevailing 6–4, 6–3 in the quarterfinals. With an outstanding performance Quinzi beat Kyle Edmund in straight sets to reach his first Junior Grand Slam final. In the final, he defeated the Korean, Chung Hyeon, 7–5, 7–6(7–2). He won the title not dropping a set in the entire tournament. Quinzi was the second Italian ever to win here after Diego Nargiso who won the title in 1987.

At 2013 US Open Quinzi reached the quarterfinals but lost to Thanasi Kokkinakis in three sets.

Junior Grand Slam results

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 W–L
Junior Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A QF 3–1
French Open 1R 3R QF 5–3
Wimbledon A SF W 10–1
US Open Q1 QF QF 6–3
Win–Loss 0–2 9–3 15–3 24–8
Years 2011 2012 2013 Best Rk
Year-End Ranking[9] 51 3 3 1

Professional career

2011-2012: Professional debut

In the month of September 2011 Quinzi obtained his first ATP point at the 2011 Mazatlán Open beating the Swiss tennis player Luca Margaroli in the first round. His first best result in ITF Men's Circuit went in 2012 Pozzuoli, where he reached the quarterfinals, but he lost to the Italian player Alessio di Mauro. In the month of September, in 2012, he also reached his first semifinal match in the ITF tournament of Manzanillo, in Mexico, beating, with the score of 6–1, 6–0, the same Yoshihito Nishioka who beat him in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Junior US Open, a week before. In the following two months he also reached the semifinals in other 4 ITF tournaments (Santa Cruz, Santiago, Santa Maria and Lins) often defeating players with a higher ranking and older than him.

On November 23, 2012 he reached is first ITF final in the tournament of Curico, Chile ($10,000, on clay court), defeating Juan Carlos Saez (number 464 in the world) in the semifinal, but he lost to Guillermo Rivera-Aránguiz in straight sets. Quinzi, at the end of 2012, was number 561 in the world.

2013

In 2013 Quinzi obtained his first big professional result in the month of march: in the first ITF Futures tournament he took part, in Bogotá, he soon reached his second career final, beating high-ranked players than him. Here he lost to Carlos Salamanca (three hundred position ahead of him in the ATP rankings) in straight sets.

In April Quinzi officially entered in the Top 500, becoming the youngest player of the ATP rankings among the first 500. He then received a wild card to enter the main draw of the 2013 Rai Open, the first clay court Challenger tournament of the season played in Italy, but he lost in the first round to former Top 100 player Frederico Gil in three sets. The following week he took part to his second ITF tournament of the season, in Sharm El Sheik; he reached his third career ITF final without losing a set. He lost to Mohamed Safwat in three sets. Two weeks later, again in Egypt, Quinzi reached the semifinals of the F6 Futures tournament on clay court, but he lost to Kevin Krawietz.

At the end of may Quinzi played his fourth ITF tournament of the season, in Casablanca ($10.000, clay). After beating the n.1 seed Sergio Gutierrez-Ferrol (former Top 200 on the ATP rankings) in the quarterfinals, and after receiving a walkover in the semifinals, Quinzi reached his fourth career final in an ITF tournament (the third in 2013, in only four tournaments played). Here he won his first career title beating in three sets Lamine Ouahab (former world n.114) and entered, for the first time, the Top 400 of the ATP World rankings.[10]

In the month of July Quinzi received a wildcard to join the main draw of the 2013 Guzzini Challenger: here he reached his first win in a Challenger tournament, beating fellow Italian Stefano Travaglia in three sets, but lost in the second round to Flavio Cipolla former n.70 in the world. In august Quinzi took part to two other Challenger tournaments in Italy but lost in the first round to Italian Top 100 players Filippo Volandri and Paolo Lorenzi. In September Quinzi continued playing in ATP Challenger Tour, taking part to some tournaments in South America: at 2013 Quito Challenger Quinzi lost in the second round to eventual semifinalist Giovanni Lapentti; in Porto Alegre, one week later, he entered the main draw as a qualifier and stunned Gastão Elias (world number 129) in the first round, beating him with a 6–3 6–4. Quinzi then reached for the first time the quarterfinals round on an ATP Challenger Tour tournament, defeating Leonardo Kirche 6–2 6–2, but lost in three sets to Pedro Sousa.

In the month of November, in Colombia, Quinzi beat again Gastão Elias with a stunning 6–2 6–0 to reach the second round of the 2013 Challenger Ciudad de Guayaquil where he overtook Bolivian player Hugo Dellien in straight sets. In the quarterfinals he defeated Michael Linzer to reach for the first time the semifinals in a Challenger tournament; he failed to reach the final losing in three sets to former world number 51 Leonardo Mayer.[11] He finished the season losing to Pavel Krainik in the semifinals of a Future tournament in Mérida, Mexico. At the end of 2013, Quinzi was number 328 in the world.

2014

Quinzi started the season in Zagreb where he obtained his first ATP World Tour victory beating Yannick Mertens in straight sets in the qualifying draw of the 2014 PBZ Zagreb Indoors. Anyway he lost to Pedja Krstin in the following round. Then Quinzi played in Bergamo having received a wildcard into the singles main draw of the 2014 Trofeo Faip–Perrel where he fell in the first round.

In the following months Quinzi took part to other tournaments around the world, without obtaining any significant result: he lost in the first round of the 2014 All Japan Indoor Tennis Championships; then he was defeated by Argentine player Facundo Argüello in the second round of the 2014 Challenger ATP Cachantún Cup and in the first round of the 2014 Rome Open by Taro Daniel.

In May, after the divorce from his coach Eduardo Medica, Quinzi obtained his best results in 2014, capturing three $10,000 ITF tournaments in three weeks - and winning 15 matches in a row: in Galați, Romania, he beat Romanian Vasile Antonescu, in Safi, Morocco, he beat Hugo Dellien 6–2, 6–2 (capturing the title without losing a set) and then in Casablanca he defeated Gianni Mina in straight sets. With these results he got closer to the ATP's Top 300 rankings.

Career statistics

ATP Challenger Tour and ITF Futures finals

Singles: 7 (4–3)

Legend
ATP Challenger Tour (0–0)
ITF Futures (4–3)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner–up 1. November 24, 2012 Curicó, Chile Clay Guillermo Rivera-Aránguiz 6–4, 6–4
Runner–up 2. March 9, 2013 Bogotá, Colombia Clay Carlos Salamanca 7–63, 7–62
Runner–up 3. April 28, 2013 Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt Clay Mohamed Safwat 6–2, 1–6, 6–3
Winner 1. June 1, 2013 Casablanca, Morocco Clay Lamine Ouahab 7–62, 1–6, 6-4
Winner 2. May 17, 2014 Galați, Romania Clay Vasile Antonescu 6–3, 2–6, 6–3
Winner 3. May 24, 2014 Safi, Morocco Clay Hugo Dellien 6–2, 6–2
Winner 4. May 31, 2014 Casablanca, Morocco Clay Gianni Mina 6–2, 6–3

Doubles: 1 (0–1)

Legend
Challengers (0–1)
Futures (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner–up 1. July 20, 2013 Guzzini Challenger, Recanati, Italy Clay (Red) Adelchi Virgili Ken Skupski
Neal Skupski
6–4, 6–2

Junior Grand Slam finals

Singles: 1 (1–0)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 2013 Wimbledon Grass Chung Hyeon 7–5, 7–62

References

  1. ^ Gianluigi Quinzi, ATP Tour Profile
  2. ^ Gianluigi Quinzi, ITF Juniors Profile
  3. ^ "Gianluigi Quinzi crowned boys' singles champion". wimbledon.com. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Gianluigi Quinzi, Biography" (in Italian). ubitennis.com. 
  5. ^ "Quinzi batte anche Edmund: è finale a Wimbledon" (in Italian). sportmediaset.it. 
  6. ^ "Quarto titolo consecutivo per Gianluigi Quinzi" (in Italian). ubitennis.com. 
  7. ^ "Gianluigi Quinzi trionfa all'Honduras Bowl" (in Italian). livetennis.it. 
  8. ^ "Gianluigi Quinzi vince il premio "The Player of the year" nella categoria Under 14" (in Italian). livetennis.it. 
  9. ^ "ITF Juniors Year-End Rankings". itftennis.com. 
  10. ^ "Fantastic performance for Gianluigi Quinzi who bags first professional title in Morocco". lottosport.com. 
  11. ^ "L. Mayer - G. Quinzi Match Result". wettpoint.com. 

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