Blaž Rola (born 5 October 1990) is a Slovenian tennis player.
|Born||5 October 1990|
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Plays||Left-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|College||Ohio State University|
2 Challenger, 9 Futures
|Highest ranking||No. 78 (5 January 2015)|
|Current ranking||No. 127 (19 September 2019)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2014)|
|French Open||1R (2019)|
|US Open||1R (2014)|
1 Challenger, 6 Futures
|Highest ranking||No. 186 (8 August 2016)|
|Current ranking||No. 382 (27 March 2019)|
|Last updated on: 16 April 2018.|
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.
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 tenis 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. 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.
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.
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.
Singles performances (3–1)Edit
|2010 Europe/Africa Zone Group II||QF||11-Jul-2010||Bulgaria||Clay||Valentin Dimov||6–0, 6–1||Win|
|2013 Europe/Africa Zone Group I||RPO||13-Sep-2013||South Africa||Clay||Rik de Voest||6–1, 6–4, 6–4||Win|
|15-Sep-2013||Nikala Scholtz||2–3 ret.||Lose|
|2014 Europe/Africa Zone Group I||2R||4-Apr-2014||Israel||Clay||Dudi Sela||6–3, 6–4, 6–4||Win|
Doubles performances (1–1)Edit
|2013 Europe/Africa Zone Group I||RPO||14-Sep-2013||Blaž Kavčič||South Africa||Clay|| Raven Klaasen
|7–5, 6–1, 7–6(7–4)||Win|
|2014 Europe/Africa Zone Group I||2R||5-Apr-2014||Grega Žemlja||Israel||Clay|| Jonathan Erlich
|6–7(7–9), 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 3–6||Lose|
|1||Slovenia F3||13-Jun-2010||Maribor||Clay||György Balázs||2–6, 6–4, 6–4|
|2||Austria F3||14-Aug-2010||Bad Waltersdorf||Clay||Pascal Brunner||7–5, 6–3|
|3||USA F17||25-Jun-2012||Innisbrook||Clay||Luis David Martínez||6–2, 6–1|
|4||Austria F3||23-Jul-2012||Bad Waltersdorf||Clay||Nicolas Reissig||6–3, 6–2|
|5||Croatia F8||20-Aug-2012||Vinkovci||Clay||Toni Androić||6–2, 6–2|
|6||Austria F9||3-Sep-2012||Vogau||Clay||Mario Haider-Maurer||6–2, 7–6(7–5)|
|7||Mexico F12||10-Jun-2013||Quintana Roo||Hard||Jose Pereira||7–6(7–6), 6–4|
|8||Poland F5||1-Sep-2013||Bytom||Clay||Filip Krajinović||W/O|
|9||Armenia F1||6-Oct-2013||Yerevan||Clay||Boy Westerhof||6–2, 6–4|
|10||ATP Challenger Guangzhou||2-Mar-2014||Guangzhou||Hard||Yuichi Sugita||64–7, 6–4, 6–3|
|11||Campeonato Internacional de Santos||26-Apr-2015||Santos||Clay||Germain Gigounon||6–3, 3–6, 6–3|
|12||Tallahassee Tennis Challenger||29-Apr-2017||Tallahassee||Clay||Ramkumar Ramanathan||6–2, 6–7(6–8), 7–5|
|13||Torneo Internacional Challenger León||28-Apr-2019||Leon||Hard||Liam Broady||6-4, 4-6, 6-3|
Singles performance timelineEdit
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|ATP World Tour Masters 1000|
|Year End Ranking||1465||933||423||721||307||201||80||N/A|
- * As of 25 August 2014[update]
Record against other playersEdit
- "Mersin 2013 Tennis Men's Singles Final" (PDF). mersin2013.gov.tr. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 29 June 2013.
- "Mersin 2013 Tennis Men's Doubles Final" (PDF). mersin2013.gov.tr. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
- "Interview: Caffe Invitation, guest: Blaž Rola (Slovene)". Ptuj television PeTV. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
- "Andy Murray demolishes Blaz Rola for loss of two games to reach third round of Wimbledon 2014". telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 25 June 2014.