Last Updated on October 4, 2022
Lorenzo Sonego is an Italian-born professional tennis player who has been performing excellently since he started competing in ATP Tours. The 27-year-old was born on the 11th of May, 1995, and began playing tennis in 2006 when he was 11. His father, Giorgio Sonego, and his coach, Gipo Arbino, motivated him to play tennis.
The Italian began his journey in sports as a footballer and played for Torino Youth Team between the ages of six (6) and 13. He still supports Torino and believes he would have become a footballer if not a tennis player.
At 19, Lorenzo started participating on the professional circuit, although he became a pro in 2013 (18). However, he did not debut on an ATP Tour until 2016 at the Italian Open. His junior career was not so tremendous even though he participated in 11 ITF Challengers and Futures finals and won six (6) of them.
Conversely, his senior career has been exceptional as he has won three (3) Singles and two (2) Doubles titles during ATP Tours. He has attained a career highest ranking of 21 in the Singles and 77 in the Doubles. Lorenzo currently ranks 50 and 64 in the Singles and Doubles categories.
Who Is The Current Coach Of Lorenzo Sonego?
Lorenzo has only worked with just a coach in his entire career, and that is Gipo Arbino. Gipo was the man who inspired Lorenzo to play tennis with the aid of his father. Since then, their relationship has been great.
Gipo also had a tennis career dating back to 1960, but he could not fulfill his dreams due to financial issues. He then resorted to working in a company before attempting tennis coaching. Finally, he realized how much he could achieve as a tennis coach and pursued a career in the field.
Fatefully, he met Lorenzo in 2006 when he came to train at the Sporting Club and became interested in him. He convinced Lorenzo’s father, Giorgio, of his son’s talent and encouraged Lorenzo to go for it. As a result, the Italian coach has recorded massive success with Lorenzo and has overseen him to 5 career titles, including three (3) Singles and two (2) Doubles titles.
Consequently, he established a Tennis Talent Academy in Torino to fish out hidden talents like Lorenzo. In addition, Gipo was elected as the 2020 Teacher of the Year during the year’s Supertennis Awards to honor his great job with Lorenzo.
Speaking to iTennis Foundation during an interview after the event, Gipo could only say the following when asked about the drive behind his Torino Tennis Talent project:
“I have to say that these kids are all quite different. They all have good coordination and technical skills, so they play well. They have a good Italian ranking, but I can’t predict Lorenzo. I never thought Lorenzo could become a great player like he is now. I’ve always tried to do my job, to make him grow in the best possible way, training him and giving him all the possibilities to play well. Then, of course, every player has natural qualities that make the difference. The task of the coaches is to teach how to play well, and I focus a lot on the technical aspect but also the mental and physical aspects. So, the job of each team of coaches – who are now really good everywhere – is to do the best they can to raise a kid who is technically and physically fit”.
As emphasized before, Lorenzo has had only one (1) coach throughout his career: Gipo Arbino. As a result, the young man was involved more in football during his young age and only decided to take up tennis on his coach’s advice.
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Lorenzo Sonego’s achievements with different coaches
We have collected in the table the data about the trophies won by Lorenzo Sonego under the guidance of various coaches.
|Coach||Year Of Completion||Titles|
|Gipo Arbino||2014- till date||2019 Antalya (Outdoor/Grass) 2020 Cagliari (Outdoor/Clay) 2021 Cagliari ( w/ Andrea Vavassori ) (Outdoor/Clay) 2022 Metz (Indoor/Hard) 2022 Kitzbuhel ( w/ Pedro Martinez ) (Outdoor/Clay)|
Lorenzo has been a shocker to everyone including his coach who claimed he never thought the Italian could make him this far in the tennis world. This is not because he is not talented but due to his transitioning into tennis. However, Lorenzo has proven to be a star, and we wish him more success on the circuit.