Last Updated on August 27, 2022
Standing 6’5” tall, with a strong physique and powerful shot making, Matteo is one of the hits of the ATP Tour last few years. He is known for his aggressive game style, boosted by his large build.
Matteo Berrettini was born on 12th April 1996 in Rome, Italy. In his childhood he trained football, swimming and judo. His parents are Luca Berrettini and Claudia Bigo, both club tennis players, and they are the ones who introduced Matteo to the tennis sport. He started training at age of nine and since then he reached significant results in pro tennis.
Who Is Matteo Berrettini’s Current Coach?
Almost for eleven years now, Matteo Berrettini is coached by Italian tennis coach Vincenzo Santopadre.
Vincenzo Santopadre was born on 11th August 1971 in Rome, Italy. He is a former tennis player, turned pro at age of 20 and during his career he won five ATP Challengers and only one ATP Tour title in doubles at Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He retired in 2005 and started coaching. Vincenzo is one of the head coaches of the Rome Tennis Academy. Prior to coaching Berrettini, Santopade coached Flavio Cipolla and Nastassja Burnett. Flavio won only one ATP Tour title in doubles at Istanbul Open and reached World No.70 and Nastassja won seven ITF circuit titles and reached World No.121.
Under Vincenzo Santopader, Berrettini has made huge strides in his game. After turning pro in 2015, he won singles titles on the ITF Tour and three on the ATP Challenger Tour, breaking into the top 100 of the ATP rankings at the beginning of 2018. That year at the Swiss Open Gstaad, Matteo won his first ATP title, by defeating Roberto Bautista Agut in the final. At the same tournament he won his first ATP doubles title, partnering with Daniele Bracciali.
Next 2019, he kept the pace and continued with great results. At Hungarian Open he won his second ATP singles title, and he transferred the good form into the grass court season, winning his third singles title at Stuttgart Open. He break into top 10 rankings and as World No.8 claimed the final spot in the 2019 ATP Finals in London. At the tournament he beat Dominic Thiem and became first Italian to win a match at the event.
“It evolved unbelievably fast. That was not predictable, because he was not that kind of player. But every day he wanted to be better than the day before and that’s an important key to me for this success. We don’t know what his limits are, we still have to discover it, and I hope so. He just arrived, he is a new-born Top 10.” said Vincenzo after the great year of his trainee.
Year 2020 due to Covid pandemic was not quite good but he managed to finished it among top 10 World players. During 2021 he won his first singles title in over a year at the Serbia Open and then won the biggest title of his career at the Queen’s Club Championships. He confirmed his good form on grass court tournaments, by reaching Wimbledon final and becoming the first Italian to manage that.
During 2022, Matteo played Australian Open semifinal, managed to defend the title won the previous year at the Queen’s and played Swiss Open Gstaad final. He is trying to get back into the top 10 in the World.
“He’s already shown that he can sit at the table with the older ones, but it doesn’t have to be an obsession. When you get that high you can get dizzy and ask yourself a lot of questions. However, there could have been doubts in 2020, today no more. The important thing is to work well, the results will arrive accordingly.” said Santopadre about their next goals.
Part of the team is tennis coach Marco Gulisano and Umberto Rianna and mental coach Stefano Massari.
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Umberto Rianna is a key figure in the growth of Italian tennis. He is a coach who grew up at Nick Bollettieri’s Academy where coached many successful pro tennis players, while they were in their young years of development. Some of them are Xavier Malisse, Tommy Haas and Simone Bolelli. Few years now he is in charge of the Over 18 Project at Italian Tennis federation, and has a role of consultant.
“I’m not the coach of Berrettini, not even the coach of the coaches. Vincenzo establishes the path, I get involved, we talk about the path, I have my say, Vincenzo together with me talks to Matteo. One-to-one relationships become challenging, it’s hard to see a player with only one manager now. There are more figures that must be complementary. I take place of the coach in practical work, also from a technical-tactical point of view, but the guidelines always come from Matteo’s coach.” said Rianna about his involvement in Berrettini’s team.
Marco Gulisano and Matteo are friends for almost 20 years. Their families met on vacation in Sicilia, and since then they became very close friends. Two boys often met in tournaments and Matteo almost always won. One day in 2018 Matteo wrote to his friend:
“What are you doing in two weeks? Would you like to take me to Gstaad? Santopadre is not coming, I would like to share this experience with you.”
Marco accepted the offer and since then he is part of his friend’s team. He regulary works in Catania at Di Mauro and Rizzo Academy.
Matteo Berrettini’s achievements with different coaches
We have collected in the table the data about the trophies won by Matteo Berrettini under the guidance of various coaches.
|Coaches||Years of Completion||Titles|
|Vincenzo Santopadre||2011 – ongoing||2018 Swiss Open Gstaad 2018 Swiss Open Gstaad (doubles) 2019 Hungarian Open 2019 Stuttgart Open 2021 Queens Championship 2021 Serbia Open 2022 Queens Championship|