Rome, Italy
Rome, Italy
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Coach Since

Claudio Pistolesi


  • Coaching Ante Pavic and Francesco Ferrari


  • Has worked with: Aljaz Bedene, Takao Suzuki, Monica Seles (as hitting partner), Ai Sugiyama
  • With George Bastl and Attila Savolt: improvement from Emirates ATP Top 200 to Top 100
  • With Davide Sanguinetti: reached a career-high No. 42 and won titles at Milan and Delray Beach
  • With Anna Smashnova: improved from WTA No. 88 to No. 15. She stayed in the WTA top 20 for 2002 and 2003
  • With Mara Santangelo: reached WTA No. 120
  • Coach of Japanese Davis Cup Team from 1996 - 2002
  • As captain of Italian teams at the Mediterranean Games in 2005 and European Cup in 2005 reached won two bronze medals and scored second, respectively
  • With Simone Bolelli: Improvement from Emirates ATP Ranking of 248 to No. 36
  • With Michael Berrer: Improvement from Emirates ATP Ranking of No. 125 to No. 42
  • With Robin Soderling: helped him reach a career-high No. 4 and won titles in Brisbane, Marseille and Rotterdam
  • Named diretor at Scheckprobase in Munich in 2011
  • With Daniela Hantuchova: won title in Pattaya and improved WTA Ranking from No. 24 to No. 17


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 Emirates ATP rankings. He won one 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.