Rome, Italy
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Coach Since

Claudio Pistolesi


  • Coaching Ante Pavic and Francesco Ferrari

Coaching Career Highlights

  • Has worked with Aljaz Bedene, Takao Suzuki, Monica Seles (as hitting partner), Ai Sugiyama
  • Has worked George Bastl and Attila Savolt
  • Helped Davide Sanguinetti reach an ATP Tour Ranking of World No. 42 and capture titles in Milan and Delray Beach
  • Helped Anna Smashnova improve her WTA Ranking to World No. 15
  • Helped Mara Santangelo reach a WTA Ranking of World No. 120
  • Coached the Japanese Davis Cup team from 1996-2002
  • Captained the Italian teams at the Mediterranean Games in 2005 and European Cup in 2005
  • Helped Simone Bolelli improve his ATP Ranking from World No. 248 to World No. 36
  • Helped Michael Berrer Improve his ATP Ranking from World No. 125 to World No. 42
  • Coached Robin Soderling, who reached a career-high ranking of World No. 4 and won titles in Brisbane, Marseille and Rotterdam
  • Named diretor at Scheckprobase in Munich in 2011
  • Helped Daniela Hantuchova reach a career-high WTA Ranking of World No. 17
  • Also coached Andrej Martin.


  • Claudio is responsible for the global professional tennis coaches associations for India, Japan and Ireland, where he delivers education to coaches from around the world
  • As a player, Claudio was Italian champion several times as a junior and in 1985, World Champion ITF Junior
  • He participated on the Italian Davis Cup Team and reached a career-high No. 71 in the ATP rankings
  • He won one ATP Tour title in Bari, Italy
  • In June 2010, he was elected ATP Coach Representative for the ATP Player Council and was re-elected in 2012
  • Claudio is also a prominent tennis journalist in Italy, writing since 1997 for various Italian tennis magazines
  • He has also worked as a commentator for the Rome ATP Masters 1000 event