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

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



2014 Melbourne F4 ITF, An-Ning Challenger

2012 Happy Valley F7 ITF, Hong Kong F2 ITF


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

De Minaur, Bolt cruise into AO Play-off semis
Alex De Minaur in action at the Australian Open 2018 Play-off; Elizabeth Xue Bai
13 December, 2017

Top two seeds Alex Bolt and Alex De Minaur were both straight-sets winners on Wednesday at the Australian Open Play-off, sealing their places in the last four.
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Bolt survives in five at AO Play-off
Alex Bolt in action at the Australian Open 2018 Play-off; Elizabeth Xue Bai
11 December, 2017

Top seed Alex Bolt was stretched to five sets by 18/u finalist Benard Nkomba in his opening match at the Australian Open Play-off on Monday at Melbourne Park.
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Rodionova, Aiava headline AO Play-off draw
Arina Rodionova will contest the US Open main draw for the first time after winning the Australian women's wildcard play-off in New Haven; Getty Images
10 December, 2017

Arina Rodionova and Destanee Aiava are seeded to meet in the final of the women's Australian Open Play-off while in the men's event, Omar Jasika will look to go…
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Biggest movers: Bolt returns to top 200
Alex Bolt; Getty Images
14 November, 2017

Alex Bolt has maintained his steady ascent in the ATP rankings, returning to the world's top 200 for the first time since April 2015.
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