PLAYER PROFILE

Alex Bolt

9
AUSTRALIAN
RANKING
172
ATP
RANKING
  • Age25
  • Born 5 January 1993
  • LivesMurray Bridge, South Australia
  • PlaysLeft-handed
  • CoachLiam Smith
  • Pro Since2009
“It’s the perfect Christmas present for me, a wildcard into the Australian Open. I couldn’t be happier.”

— Alex Bolt, 22 Dec 2017

» Australian Open wildcard for Bolt

On court

  • started playing tennis at the age of seven
  • first realised at age 17 that he was good enough to become professional
  • as a 14-year-old in 2007 he was a member of the winning South Australian team at the Foundation Cup; at the same event, he was awarded the John Fitzgerald prize for good nature and outstanding effort
  • moved to Canberra in February 2010 to join the elite AIS Pro Tour Program as a full scholarship holder; when told of his inclusion in the program, he described the feeling of being selected as “overwhelming”
  • after recovering from injury in the first half of 2009, he made the final of his first tournament back – at the Darwin Junior ITF International
  • feels his game most closely resembles that of Fernando Verdasco
  • names Jurgen Melzer and Feliciano Lopez as the toughest opponents he’s ever faced
  • professional goal is to be a top 10 player and represent Australia in Davis
  • if he was playing a match at Rod Laver Arena, he’d have the entire town of Murray Bridge in his players’ box

Off court

  • had he not been a tennis player, would have followed a career in basketball or Australian Rules football
  • supports the Port Adelaide Power

 

Year-end singles ranking history

2017 192
2016 586
2015 266
2014 202
2013 364
2012 483
2011 897
2010 1202

Titles/Finals

Titles

2018 Zhuhai Challenger

2014 Melbourne F4 ITF, An-Ning Challenger

2012 Happy Valley F7 ITF, Hong Kong F2 ITF

Finals

2017 Ilkley Challenger

2015 Burnie Challenger, Cairns F7 ITF

2014 Glen Iris F5 ITF

2013 Cairns F7 ITF

2012 Esperance F9 ITF, Hong Kong F1 ITF

Alex Bolt in the news

Top of the class? Aussies’ report card for Q1
Ash Barty in action at Australian Open 2018, where she reached the third round; Getty Images
10 April, 2018

With the first three months of the season complete, we take a look at how the top Aussie players have fared in the first quarter, and what lies ahead for the claycourt season.
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Biggest movers: Barty soars in doubles rankings
Ash Barty hugs CoCo Vandeweghe after the pair won the Miami Open doubles title; Getty Images
3 April, 2018

Ash Barty is the new doubles world No.6 after combining with CoCo Vandeweghe to win the tandem title at the Miami Open.
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Biggest movers: Alex bolts into top 200
Alex Bolt; Getty Images
20 March, 2018

Alex Bolt has moved to within striking distance of his career-high ranking, returning to the top 200 after his ATP Challenger victory in Zhuhai.
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Bolt wins Challenger title in China
Alex Bolt; Getty Images
11 March, 2018

Australia's Alex Bolt takes his winning streak to seven matches as he claims the second ATP Challenger title of his career in Zhuhai.
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