Blaž Rola

Blaž Rola (born 5 October 1990) is a Slovenian tennis player.

Blaž Rola
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Country (sports)Slovenia Slovenia
ResidencePtuj, Slovenia
Born (1990-10-05) 5 October 1990 (age 30)
Ptuj, Slovenia
Height1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
PlaysLeft-handed (two-handed backhand)
CollegeOhio State University
Prize money$890,002
Singles
Career record15–21
Career titles0
4 Challenger, 9 Futures
Highest rankingNo. 78 (5 January 2015)
Current rankingNo. 141 (16 March 2020)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2014)
French Open1R (2019)
Wimbledon2R (2014)
US Open1R (2014)
Doubles
Career record4–5
Career titles0
5 Challenger, 6 Futures
Highest rankingNo. 186 (8 August 2016)
Current rankingNo. 398 (16 March 2020)
Last updated on: 22 March 2020.

His highest career ranking is no. 78 in singles and no. 209 in doubles. He represents Slovenia on the Slovenia Davis Cup team. He competed for The Ohio State University from 2010 to 2013, winning the NCAA doubles championship in 2012 and the NCAA singles championship in 2013. In his career, he has won nine singles and six doubles ITF Futures tournaments and one ATP Challenger in singles and doubles. In the 2013 Mediterranean Games in Mersin, Turkey, he won gold in singles and doubles.[1][2]

Personal lifeEdit

Rola was born in Ptuj, the oldest Slovenian town, to father Marijan Rola and mother Majda Rola. He was four years old when he started playing tennis and when he was six he joined the Tennis Club Terme Ptuj where he spent the most of his youth. He went to High school in Ptuj.[3] In 2010 he moved to the United States where he studied at and competed in tennis for Ohio State University until 2013. In January 2019 he and his fiancée Vanesa welcomed daughter Izabela. The same year he married his long term girlfriend, Slovenian blogger Vanesa Rola.

CareerEdit

2008–2013Edit

In 2008 he began his professional career when he performed his first tournaments in ITF Futures and ATP Challenger Tour series.

In 2010 he represented Slovenia for the first time in Davis Cup and moved to study and play tennis in United States.

At 2013 Mediterranean Games he won 2 gold medals and made big progress when he reached Top 200 on ATP rankings for the first time in his career. In this period he won 9 Futures singles and 6 doubles titles and 1 title in doubles in Challenger series.

2014Edit

Through qualifications he reached the main draw of Grand Slam tournament for the first time. At 2014 Australian Open he lost in second round against Martin Kližan. With this result he became 5th Slovene male player in main draw of any Grand Slam.

In May he reached Top 100 on ATP rankings and played in qualifications for 2014 French Open where her lost in the 3rd round.

In June he played his first 250 series tournament on grass. In 2014 Aegon Championships, London and 2014 Aegon International, Eastbourne he lost in the first round on both occasions. He played in the main draw of 2014 Wimbledon Championships for the first time in his career and lost 1–6, 1–6, 0–6 in 2nd round against Andy Murray.[4]

Challenger and Futures finalsEdit

Singles: 26 (13–13)Edit

Legend (Singles)
ATP Challenger Tour (4–8)
ITF Futures Tour (9–5)
Titles by Surface
Hard (3–2)
Clay (10–11)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 May 2010 Slovenia F1, Kamnik Futures Clay   Marcel Zimmermann 6–3, 2–6, 4–6
Win 1–1 Jun 2010 Slovenia F3, Maribor Futures Clay   György Balázs 2–6, 6–4, 6–4
Loss 1–2 Jul 2010 Italy F18, Modena Futures Clay   Matteo Viola 1–6, 6–4, 1–6
Win 2–2 Aug 2010 Austria F3, Bad Waltersdorf Futures Clay   Pascal Brunner 7–5, 6–3
Win 3–2 Jul 2012 USA F17, Innisbrook Futures Clay   Luis David Martínez 6–2, 6–1
Loss 3–3 Jul 2012 Austria F1, Telfs Futures Clay   Marc Rath 6–2, 3–6, 2–6
Win 4–3 Jul 2012 Austria F3, Bad Waltersdorf Futures Clay   Nicolas Reissig 6–3, 6–2
Loss 4–4 Aug 2012 Croatia F7, Čakovec Futures Clay   Peter Heller 4–6, 0–6
Win 5–4 Aug 2012 Croatia F8, Vinkovci Futures Clay   Toni Androić 6–2, 6–2
Win 6–4 Sep 2012 Austria F9, Vogau Futures Clay   Andreas Haider-Maurer 6–2, 7–6(7–5)
Win 7–4 Jun 2013 Mexico F12, Quintana Roo Futures Hard   José Pereira 7–6(8–6), 6–4
Loss 7–5 Aug 2013 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Challenger Clay   Agustín Velotti 3–6, 4–6
Win 8–5 Aug 2013 Poland F5, Bytom Futures Clay   Filip Krajinović w/o
Win 9–5 Oct 2013 Armenia F2, Yerevan Futures Clay   Boy Westerhof 6–2, 6–4
Loss 9–6 Oct 2013 Croatia F11, Dubrovnik Futures Clay   Janez Semrajc 4–6, 7–5, 3–6
Win 10–6 Mar 2014 Guangzhou, China, P.R. Challenger Hard   Yūichi Sugita 6–7(4–7), 6–4, 6–3
Loss 10–7 Mar 2014 Panama City, Panama Challenger Clay   Pere Riba 5–7, 7–5, 2–6
Loss 10–8 Apr 2014 São Paulo, Brazil Challenger Clay   Rogério Dutra Silva 4–6, 2–6
Loss 10–9 Jul 2014 Poznań, Poland Challenger Clay   David Goffin 4–6, 2–6
Win 11–9 Apr 2015 Santos, Brazil Challenger Clay   Germain Gigounon 6–3, 3–6, 6–3
Loss 11–10 Jun 2016 Perugia, Italy Challenger Clay   Nicolás Kicker 6–2, 3–6, 0–6
Win 12–10 Apr 2017 Tallahassee, USA Challenger Clay   Ramkumar Ramanathan 6–2, 6–7(6–8), 7–5
Loss 12–11 Mar 2018 Quijing, China, P.R. Challenger Hard   Malek Jaziri 6–7(5–7), 1–6
Loss 12–12 Apr 2018 Panama City, Panama Challenger Clay   Carlos Berlocq 2–6, 0–6
Loss 12–13 Oct 2018 Las Vegas, USA Challenger Hard   Thanasi Kokkinakis 4–6, 4–6
Win 13–13 Apr 2019 León, Mexico Challenger Hard   Liam Broady 6–4, 4–6, 6–3

Doubles: 19 (12–7)Edit

Legend (Doubles)
ATP Challenger Tour (6–4)
ITF Futures Tour (6–3)
Titles by Surface
Hard (3–3)
Clay (8–4)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (1–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Oct 2009 Croatia F9, Dubrovnik Futures Clay   Martin Rmuš   Morgan Phillips
  Antonio Šančić
6–3, 7–6(9–7)
Loss 1–1 May 2010 Bosnia & Herzegovina F3, Doboj Futures Clay   Martin Rmuš   Michael Linzer
  Herbert Wiltschnig
w/o
Win 2–1 Jun 2010 Slovenia F3, Maribor Futures Clay   Martin Rmuš   Javier Martí
  Sergio Pérez Pérez
6–3, 6–3
Loss 2–2 Aug 2011 Croatia F7, Vinkovci Futures Clay   Mislav Hižak   Tomislav Brkić
  Marin Franjičević
6–3, 3–6, [7–10]
Win 3–2 Jul 2012 USA F17, Innisbrook Futures Clay   Chase Buchanan   Keith-Patrick Crowley
  Joshua Zavala
6–4, 6–2
Win 4–2 Jul 2012 Austria F1, Telfs Futures Clay   Tomislav Ternar   Stefan Hirn
  Sebastian Stiefelmeyer
6–2, 7–5
Loss 4–3 Aug 2012 Croatia F7, Čakovec Futures Clay   Tomislav Ternar   Thibault Venturino
  Janoš Žibrat
3–6, 4–6
Win 5–3 Aug 2012 Croatia F8, Vinkovci Futures Clay   Mislav Hižak   Tomislav Brkić
  Aldin Šetkić
6–4, 7–6(7–3)
Win 6–3 Sep 2012 Austria F9, Vogau Futures Clay   Ruben Gonzales   Lukas Jastraunig
  Tristan-Samuel Weissborn
6–2, 6–2
Loss 6–4 Jul 2013 Portorož, Slovenia Challenger Hard   Aljaž Bedene   Marin Draganja
  Mate Pavić
3–6, 6–1, [5–10]
Win 7–4 Nov 2013 Toyota, Japan Challenger Carpet (i)   Chase Buchanan   Marcus Daniell
  Artem Sitak
4–6, 6–3, [10–4]
Loss 7–5 Jan 2014 Nouméa, New Caledonia Challenger Hard   Ante Pavić   Austin Krajicek
  Tennys Sandgren
6–7(4–7), 3–6
Loss 7–6 Feb 2014 Chennai, India Challenger Hard   Sriram Balaji   Yuki Bhambri
  Michael Venus
4–6, 6–7(3–7)
Win 8–6 May 2015 São Paulo, Brazil Challenger Clay   Chase Buchanan   Guido Andreozzi
  Sergio Galdós
6–4, 6–4
Win 9–6 Sep 2015 Cary, USA Challenger Hard   Chase Buchanan   Austin Krajicek
  Nicholas Monroe
6–4, 6–7(5–7), [10–4]
Win 10–6 Sep 2015 Columbus, USA Challenger Hard (i)   Chase Buchanan   Mitchell Krueger
  Eric Quigley
6–4, 4–6, [19–17]
Win 11–6 Oct 2017 Lima, Peru Challenger Clay   Miguel Ángel Reyes-Varela   Gonçalo Oliveira
  Grzegorz Panfil
7–5, 6–3
Loss 11–7 Jun 2018 Caltanissetta, Italy Challenger Clay   Jiří Veselý   Federico Gaio
  Andrea Pellegrino
6–7(4–7), 6–7(5–7)
Win 12–7 Nov 2019 Charlottesville, USA Challenger Hard   Mitchell Krueger   Sekou Bangoura
  Blaz Kavcic
6-4, 6–1

Singles performance timelineEdit

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Career W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A A 2R 1R Q1 A Q1 Q2 Q1 Q2 1–2
French Open A A A A A A Q3 Q2 Q1 Q1 Q1 1R Q1 0–1
Wimbledon A A A A A A 2R 1R A A Q2 Q1 NH 1–2
US Open A A A A A A 1R Q1 Q1 Q2 Q1 Q1 A 0–1
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–3 0–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 2–6
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Monte-Carlo Masters A A A A A A A Q1 A A A A NH 0–0
Italian Open A A A A A A Q2 A A A A A A 0–0
Canadian Open A A A A A A Q1 A A A A NH 0–0
Cincinnati Masters A A A A A A 1R Q1 A A A A A 0–1
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1
National Representation
Davis Cup A A Z2 A A Z1 Z1 Z1 Z1 A Z2 Z2 A 6–4
Statistics
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 5–9 6–6 2–2 0–0 0–1 0–2 0–0 0–0 15–21
Win % 0% 0% 100% 0% 0% 50% 36% 50% 50% 0% 0% 41%
Year End Ranking 1465 933 423 721 307 201 80 144 255 206 188 145 155 N/A
* As of 12 January 2021

Record against other playersEdit

Career singles record on ATP World Tour, Grand Slam, Davis Cup. (as of 25 August 2014)

Davis CupEdit

Davis Cup results
Rubber outcome No. Rubber Match type (partner if any) Opponent nation Opponent player(s) Score
 5–0; Jul 9 – 11, 2010; TK Krka Otočec, Otočec, Slovenia; Europe/Africa Group II Second Round; Clay
Victory 1. IV (dead rubber) Singles   Bulgaria Valentin Dimov 6–0, 6–1
 4–1; Sep 13 – 15, 2013; Park Tivoli, Ljubljana, Slovenia; Europe/Africa Group I First Round Play-Off; Clay
Victory 2. I Singles   South Africa Rik de Voest 6–1, 6–1, 6–4
Victory 3. III Doubles (with Blaž Kavčič) Raven Klaasen / Nicolaas Scholtz 7–5, 6–1, 7–6(7–4)
Defeat 4. V (dead rubber) Singles Nicolaas Scholtz 3–2 ret.
 1–3; Apr 4 – 6, 2014; ŠRC Marina Portorož, Portorož, Slovenia; Europe/Africa Group I Second Round; Clay
Victory 5. II Singles   Israel Dudi Sela 6–3, 6–4, 6–4
Defeat 6. III Doubles (with Grega Žemlja) Jonathan Erlich / Andy Ram 6–7(7–9), 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 3–6
 5–0; Oct 30 – Nov 1, 2015; Teniski klub Triglav Kranj, Kranj, Slovenia; Europe/Africa Group I Second Round Play-Off; Hard (i)
Victory 7. II Singles   Lithuania Laurynas Grigelis 7–6(8–6), 6–2, 6–2
Victory 8. III Doubles (with Blaž Kavčič) Laurynas Grigelis / Lukas Mugevičius 6–4, 7–6(7–1), 6–4
Victory 9. IV (dead rubber) Singles Lukas Mugevičius 6–2, 6–2
 1–4; Mar 4 – 6, 2016; Sala Sporturilor, Arad, Romania; Europe/Africa Group I First Round; Hard (i)
Defeat 10. I Singles   Romania Marius Copil 5–7, 3–6, 6–7(5–7)
Defeat 11. III Doubles (with Grega Žemlja) Florin Mergea / Horia Tecău 3–6, 6–7(5–7), 6–7(3–7)
Defeat 12. II Singles Adrian Ungur 6–3, 6–4
 2–3; Feb 3 – 4, 2018; Lukna Sports Hall, Maribor, Slovenia; Europe/Africa Group II First Round; Hard (i)
Victory 13. II Singles   Poland Kamil Majchrzak 4–6, 2–6
Defeat 14. III Doubles (with Aljaž Bedene) Mateusz Kowalczyk / Marcin Matkowski 7–5, 6–7(5–7), 4–6
 3–1; Sep 13 – 14, 2019; Gezira Sporting Club, Cairo, Egypt; Europe/Africa Group I First Round; Clay
Defeat 15. II Singles   Egypt Mohamed Safwat 4–6, 6–1, 6–7(4–7)
Victory 16. III Doubles (with Aljaž Bedene) Sherif Sabry / Mohamed Safwat 7–5, 6–3

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mersin 2013 Tennis Men's Singles Final" (PDF). mersin2013.gov.tr. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 29 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Mersin 2013 Tennis Men's Doubles Final" (PDF). mersin2013.gov.tr. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Interview: Caffe Invitation, guest: Blaž Rola (Slovene)". Ptuj television PeTV. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  4. ^ "Andy Murray demolishes Blaz Rola for loss of two games to reach third round of Wimbledon 2014". telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 25 June 2014.

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