Birth Date: 15/12/1981
Birth Place: Rome, Italy
Resides: Siena, Italy
Plays: Right Handed – Two-handed Backhand
Game-Style: Attacking Baseliner
Favourite Surface: Clay
Age Started Tennis: 7
Turned Pro: 2003
Paolo has consistently been a high ranking Italian men’s singles player and has a career high ranking of world no. 49. He has been a hardworking, committed professional all his career and these qualities have helped Paolo continually improve each year on the Tour. He has won an impressive 10 ATP Challenger Tour singles titles throughout his career as well as several ITF Futures titles. Paolo broke into the ATP top 100 in 2009. 2012 was a very impressive year that saw him qualify for the year end Challenger Tour Masters in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In 2013, Paolo won his first ATP doubles title alongside Potito Starace, beating Rafael Nadal and Juan Monaco in the final.
Paolo reached his first ATP World Tour singles final at the Brasil Open 2014 in Sao Paulo, losing narrowly to Federico Delbonis. Later, in Mexico, he won the San Luis Potosi Challenger, beating Adrian Menendez-Maceiras 6-1, 6-3. And in September, Paolo reached the singles final of the Cali Challenger event in Colombia, winning in three sets against Victor Estrella. During November Paolo reached another Challenger final in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where he conceded a walkover to Pablo Cuevas, due to illness.
Paolo got 2014 off to a good start by reaching the final of the Buacaramanga Challenger in Colombia. In the Chitre Challenger in Panama the following week, Paolo maintained this consistency by progressing to the semi-finals in singles play and the quarter-finals of the doubles bracket with partner Filippo Volandri.
He continued to thrive in South America, reaching the quarters at Vina Del Mar, Chile, partnering Filippo Volanri in the doubles event. And Paolo reached his first ATP World Tour singles final at the Brasil Open 2014 in Sao Paulo, losing to Federico Delbonis in a tight three set match.
Later, in Mexico, he won the San Luis Potosi Challenger, beating Adrian Menendez-Maceiras 6-1, 6-3. Paolo maintained his form in the summer, reaching the semis in the Mestre and Cordenons Challengers in Italy.
Back on the Challenger circuit in September, Paolo reached the singles final of the Cali event in Colombia, winning in three sets against Victor Estrella, and also the semis of the doubles partnering Marco Bortollotti. During November, once again in South America playing the Challenger circuit, Paolo reached another final, this time in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where he unluckily had to concede a walkover to Pablo Cuevas due to illness. Paolo ended the year with a creditable world singles ranking of 64.
Year to Date
This year Paolo has made two singles quarter final appearances already – at Bucaramanga, Colombia, and Quito, Ecuador. On his favourite surface, clay, Paolo in February also reached the final of the Sao Paolo Brasil Open, partnering Diego Schwartzman, eventually losing to the Colombian pairing of Juan-Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah, 6-4, 6-2.
Paolo began playing tennis aged seven, introduced to the game by his older brother Bruno. Father, Marco, is a surgeon, a profession Paolo’s brother Bruno followed his father into. Mother, Marina, is a housewife and follows Paolo to tournaments.
Away from the tennis court, Paolo likes football and basketball, supporting Fiorentina and MPS Siena respectively. He has been attending university in Siena, studying in the medical faculty. He also likes listening to music, reading Stephen King and watching horror movies. His tennis idol is Boris Becker.