PLAYER PROFILE

Alex Bolt

  • Age24
  • Born 5 January 1993
  • LivesMurray Bridge, South Australia
  • PlaysLeft-handed
  • CoachLiam Smith
  • Pro Since2009
“What an unbelievable feeling. This is just my second tournament back and I’ve managed to qualify for a Grand Slam. It’s unreal.”

— Alex Bolt, 14 Jan 2017

» Bolt and Mott storm into maiden AO draw

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

2014 202
2013 364
2012 483
2011 897
2010 1202

Titles/Finals

Titles

2014 Melbourne F4 ITF, An-Ning Challenger

2012 Happy Valley F7 ITF, Hong Kong F2 ITF

Finals

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

Kelly on track to retain Mildura title
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 21:  Dayne Kelly of Australia plays a forehand during his junior boys match against Xander Spong of the Netherlands on day eight of the Australian Open 2008 at Melbourne Park on January 21, 2008 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)
10 March, 2017

Victorian Dayne Kelly has defeated Alex Bolt to reach the semifinals in Mildura, alongside South Australian Bradley Mousley.
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Biggest movers: Fourlis continues ascent
Jaimee Fourlis in action during the Australian Open 2017 Play-off final at Melbourne Park; Elizabeth Xue Bai
14 February, 2017

Jaimee Fourlis has continued her excellent start to 2017 and is now within striking distance of the world's top 250, while Alex Bolt and Matt Ebden made impressive gains.
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Americans through to semis in Launceston
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 18:  Noah Rubin of the United States plays a forehand in his second round match against Roger Federer of Switzerland on day three of the 2017 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 18, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
10 February, 2017

Three Americans are through to the semifinals at the Launceston ATP Challenger after Aussies Andrew Whittington and Alex Bolt failed to advance.
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Bolt wins Launceston opener
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 11:  Alex Bolt of Australia plays a backhand in his 2017 Australian Open Qualifying match against Marius Copil of Romania at Melbourne Park on January 11, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)
6 February, 2017

Alex Bolt's dream comeback continues with first-up win at Launceston ATP Challenger.
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