PLAYER PROFILE

Luke Saville

  • Age24
  • Born 1 February 1994
  • Birth PlaceAdelaide, South Australia
  • LivesAdelaide, South Australia
  • Height184 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachGrant Doyle
  • Pro Since2008
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“On a personal note, I've been struggling for a little bit of form lately, so not just to qualify but to play three really good matches - that one by far the best - it's just really pleasing.”

— Luke Saville, 25 Jun 2016

» Saville does it again

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

Emotional Duckworth secures Australian Open wildcard
James Duckworth in action during his victory in the Australian Open Play-off final over Luke Saville (photo: Elizabeth Xue Bai)
16 December, 2018

James Duckworth was overwhelmed with emotion after clinching a four-set victory over Luke Saville in the AO Play-off on Sunday, a win which earned him an Australian Open 2019…
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Saville v Duckworth in AO Play-off final
Luke Saville (L) and James Duckworth in action in the AO Play-off semifinals (photos: Elizabeth Xue Bai)
14 December, 2018

Both are working their way back up the rankings, and now James Duckworth and Luke Saville will clash in the AO Play-off final with an Australian Open main-draw wildcard on the…
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Bolt belts his way into AO Play-off semis
Alex Bolt in action at the AO Play-off (photo: Elizabeth Xue Bai)
12 December, 2018

Top seed Alex Bolt was a four-set winner over Akira Santillan on Wednesday to reach the last four of the AO Play-off, while Maverick Banes upset second seed John-Patrick Smith in…
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AO Playoff: Duckworth recovers to see off Ellis
James Duckworth in action during his first-round win over Blake Ellis at the Australian Open Play-off at Melbourne Park (photo: Elizabeth Xue Bai)
10 December, 2018

Trailing 5-2 in the third set, James Duckworth reeled off seven straight games to completely turn his match against Blake Ellis on its head. He's through to the Australian…
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