PLAYER PROFILE

Luke Saville

  • Age25
  • Born 1 February 1994
  • Birth PlaceAdelaide, South Australia
  • LivesAdelaide, South Australia
  • Height184 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachGrant Doyle
  • Pro Since2008
FOLLOW
“It would be nice to start the year with a title, leading into the Australian Open.”

— Luke Saville, 10 Jan 2020

» Finn rises at Canberra International

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

2019 Brisbane ITF

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

Max Purcell qualifies for Australian Open main draw
MAIN DRAW BOUND: Max Purcell has qualified for Australian Open 2020. Picture: Getty Images
17 January, 2020

The 21-year-old from Sydney defeats Slovakian Josef Kovalik in straight sets in the final round of Australian Open 2020 qualifying.
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Purcell storms into final round of Australian Open qualifying
MOVING ON: Max Purcell is into the final round of Australian Open 2020 qualifying. Picture: Getty Images
16 January, 2020

Max Purcell completes courageous comeback to advance to the final round of Australian Open 2020 qualifying.
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Emotions run high as Mott tops day of Aussie success
Blake Mott progresses to the second round of Australian Open 2020 qualifying; Getty Images
14 January, 2020

Weeks after a broken wrist required surgery, Blake Mott is among four Australian men to claim opening-round wins in Australian Open 2020 qualifying.
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Bolt, Harris set for Australian Open main draw
South Australia's Alex Bolt will bolster the local contingent at Australian Open 2020; Getty Images
13 January, 2020

With the Australian Open qualifying events about to begin, Australian wildcard recipients Alex Bolt and Andrew Harris are preparing to contest the main draw.
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