Benjamin Bonzi
Benjamin Bonzi
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  • Career
    • Nickname is La Bonz.
    • Speaks French and English.
    • Father, Philippe, works for car manufacturer Renault; mother, Dominique, is an accountant. No siblings.
    • Began playing tennis at age 6 because he wanted to beat his cousin. Lived 3 minutes from a tennis club.
    • Started training at age 14 in Nice, then Paris, with French Tennis Federation (FFT).
    • Credits coaches and friends made at French federation for positive impact on his game and personality.
    • Favourite shot is volley, surface is clay, tournament is Roland Garros.
    • Favourite city on tour is New York and for food is Paris.
    • Idol growing up was Roger Federer. Favourite non-tennis athlete is Lionel Messi.
    • Biggest influence is coach Lionel Zimbler: "We started together in October 2019 and that's when everything changed. We tried a new way to work and a new approach. The tennis is important, but out of everything in life, working on the serenity and the mental aspect has helped me the most."
    • If he could steal one shot from another player: Roger Federer's forehand.
    • Enjoys playing video games and football. Supports Olympique de Marseille.
    • Says his heroes are people who save lives.
    • Favourite superhero is Doctor Strange, book is Lord of the Rings and movie is Catch Me If You Can.
    • Favourite TV show is French talk show TPMP. Favourite actor is French comedian Manu Payet.
    • Enjoys music of French hip-hop duo Bigflo & Oli.
    • Favourite food from home: "My mother does a veal with a tomato sauce. That is good with pasta, potatoes and everything. This plate I eat every time when I go back home."
    • Perfect day without tennis is being at home in Marseille with his girlfriend and going for a walk on the beach.
    • Lists his secret talent as biology.
    • Says that his best quality is that he's kind. Worst quality is that he's shy.

    (UPDATED 21 AUGUST2023)

    • Broke into Top 50 in June 2022 and achieved career-high No. 42 in February 2023 prior to reaching 2nd final of season and career at Marseille (l. to Hurkacz).
    • Defeated 2022 runner-up Ruusuvuori en route to 1st ATP Tour final at 2023 Pune (l. to Griekspoor).
    • Beat future World No. 1 Medvedev in tour-level debut at 2017 Roland Garros as WC, then reached Grand Slam 3R for 1st time at 2023 Australian Open (d. No. 15 Carreno Busta, l. to de Minaur).
    • Missed 3months overall with a left wrist injury (W/D from Roland Garros). Did not play in March and only played 2 clay events in April before returning in June on grass.
    • Earned 50 wins and 6 titles on ATP Challenger Tour in 2021, tying with 4 other players for 2nd-most Challenger titles in a single season behind Griekspoor (8 in 2021).
    • Ended junior career by winning 2014 Roland Garros boys’ doubles title with countryman Halys.

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