PLAYER PROFILE

Luke Saville

  • Age24
  • Born 1 February 1994
  • Birth PlaceAdelaide, South Australia
  • LivesAdelaide, South Australia
  • Height184 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachGrant Doyle
  • Pro Since2008
FOLLOW
“I feel like I’m starting to turn a corner on their singles court”

— Luke Saville, 6 Jan 2019

» Aussie doubles joy as Dutra Silva claims Playford

On court

  • Began hitting tennis balls against a wall aged three
  • Family relocated from the country to the city so he could train with quality coaches and hitting partners
  • At age 10, started to believe he could make it as a professional player
  • Member of the victorious Australian Junior Davis Cup team in 2009
  • Awarded the Burr Medal for the best male player in South Australia in 2010
  • Claimed the Don Turnbull Trophy for being the state’s best under-18 player in 2010
  • Won the junior Wimbledon title in 2011
  • Won the Australian Open boys’ singles title in 2012
  • Claimed his maiden ITF Futures Pro Circuit singles title at the Thailand FI in Bangkok in 2012
  • Member of the Australian Institute of Sport Pro Tour Program in 2012
  • Tennis heroes are Rafael Nadal because “he leaves absolutely nothing on the court” and Roger Federer, who “has so much talent it’s scary”
  • Ambition is to reach his full potential and know at the end of his career that he achieved everything he could. “Top 10 or better would be unbelievable.”
  • Strengths are his game from the back of the court, particularly his forehand wing
  • Feels his game most closely resembles that of Mardy Fish
  • Toughest opponent he’s ever faced is Grigor Dimitrov
  • One match he wishes he could replay was the 2012 Wimbledon junior singles final; Saville lost 7-5 6-4 to Canada’s Filip Peliwo
  • Dream tennis scenario would be to defeat Novak Djokovic at Rod Laver Arena in the opening round of the Australian Open
  • Ultimate professional goals are to play Davis Cup for Australia and to rank inside the ATP top 10

Off court

  • Favourite meal is steak with mashed potato and vegetables
  • Hobbies are most sports, movies and relaxing with family and friends
  • His family, parents Mick, a construction manager, mother, Judy, brother, Troy, and sister, Kate, all play
  • Best piece of advice he’s received is to enjoy the journey – there are many ups and downs, so cherish the ups
  • Would have been a golfer had he not followed a career in tennis

Year-end singles ranking history

2018 477
2017 518
2016 267
2015 187
2014 158
2013 440
2012 343
2011 1180
2010 1361
2009 1664

Titles/Finals

Titles

2015 USA F24 ITF

2014 Port Pirie F2 ITF, Mildura F3 ITF, Glen Iris F5 ITF

2013 Sydney F10 ITF

2012 Thailand F1 ITF, Cairns F5 ITF

Finals

2018 Renmark F1 ITF

2015 Manchester Challenger, Brisbane F9 ITF, Canberra Challenger

2014 Happy Valley F1 ITF

2013 USA F10 ITF, Thailand F4 ITF

2012 Traralgon F11 ITF

Luke Saville in the news

Kokkinakis, Rodionova lead Aussie charge in AO qualifying
Thanasi Kokkinakis (L) and Arina Rodionova are the highest-ranked male and female Australians taking part in Australian Open 2019 qualifying (Getty Images)
7 January, 2019

Ten men and 12 women will represent Australia in the Australian Open 2019 qualifying events, which kick off at Melbourne Park on Tuesday 8 January.
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Aussie doubles joy as Dutra Silva claims Playford
SavillePurcellPlayford
6 January, 2019

Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Silva claims his 11th ATP Challenger title in Playford with local favourite Luke Saville and partner Max Purcell collecting the doubles crown.
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Dutra Silva to meet Moraing in Playford final
DutraSilvaPlayford
5 January, 2019

Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Silva continues his impressive week at the Playford ATP Challenger 90, edging past upcoming Australian Open wildcard Zhe Li of China to reach the final.
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Vukic safely through in Playford
Vukic Playford 2019
1 January, 2019

Sydney’s Aleks Vukic keeps Australian hopes alive with a spirited opening win at the ATP Challenger 90 in Playford.
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