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

2016 586
2015 266
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

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 seeds untroubled in Cairns
KublerCairns
11 October, 2017

Top seeds Omar Jasika, Dayne Kelly and Alex Bolt all progress with ease in Cairns while Jason Kubler wins battle of former junior world No.1's.
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Davis Cup: Kokkinakis joins Kyrgios, Thompson, Peers for semifinal
Thanasi Kokkinakis celebrates victory in the opening rubber of Australia's Davis Cup 2015 World Group first round tie against Czech Republic in Ostrava; RADEK MICA/AFP/Getty Images
6 September, 2017

Comeback star Thanasi Kokkinakis will join Nick Kyrgios, Jordan Thompson and John Peers for Australia's Davis Cup semifinal against Belgium in Brussels.
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Gavrilova wins New Haven opener
Daria Gavrilova celebrates her first-round win over Kristina Mladenovic in Cincinnati; Getty Images
22 August, 2017

Daria Gavrilova moved into the last 16 at the Connecticut Open in New Haven while Aussie qualifier Alex Bolt fell in the first round in Winston-Salem.
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Aussies in action: Gavrilova fine-tunes for US Open
Daria Gavrilova; Getty Images
21 August, 2017

World No.26 Daria Gavrilova will look to get some final matches under her belt in New Haven a week out from the US Open, while Alex Bolt qualified for the ATP event in…
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