Lorenzo Sonego is one of the brightest tennis prospect coming in from Italy. The Italian old has so far won 2 career ATP titles having won the 2019 Antalya Open played on Grass and then won the 2021 Cagliari Open played on Clay.
His Cagliari title made him the first Italian player to win a title on home-soil since 2006 and also saw him rising to his career best ranking of 28. He has reached the 4th round at the French Open (2020) and also at the Wimbledon (2021). At the Australian Open and the US Open, in his 2 appearances so far, he is yet to go past the 2nd round.
Sonego was born in Turin and played football in the youth academy of the Torino Football Club till the age of 13 when he decided to switch to tennis. Sonego was encouraged by his father Giorgio to take up sports and pursue it professionally. He was coached by Gipo Arbino, who remains his coach till today.
Who is Lorenzo Sonego’s coach Gipo Arbino ?
Gipo Arbino was a young tennis star back in the 60’s but due to financial constraints, could not continue with the sport. He worked as a regular employee in a company that dealt with products to reduce corrosion. He tried his hand as an tennis instructor and found great response which enabled him to switch careers and become a full time tennis coach.
Gipo and Lorenzo met in 2006 through a common friend and since then Lorenzo has been under Gipo’s wing, having grown under his tutelage right from the age of 11. Arbino has since been coaching Lorenzo seeing the Italian make his professional ATP debut in 2016, winning his first title in 2019 and also seeing his tutee defeat Novak Djokovic that saw the Serbian equal his record of lowest games won in a match.
This has led to Gipo forming the Torino Tennis Talent where young players are guided and mentored in the game of tennis.