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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 28)
Ptuj, Slovenia
Height1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
PlaysLeft-handed (two-handed backhand)
CollegeOhio State University
Prize money$742,976
Singles
Career record15–18
Career titles0
2 Challenger, 9 Futures
Highest rankingNo. 78 (5 January 2015)
Current rankingNo. 127 (19 September 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2014)
French Open1R (2019)
Wimbledon2R (2014)
US Open1R (2014)
Doubles
Career record3–4
Career titles0
1 Challenger, 6 Futures
Highest rankingNo. 186 (8 August 2016)
Current rankingNo. 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.[1][2]

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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 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.[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]

Davis CupEdit

Singles performances (3–1)Edit

Edition Round Date Against Surface Opponent Result Outcome
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

Edition Round Date Partnering Against Surface Opponents Result Outcome
2013 Europe/Africa Zone Group I RPO 14-Sep-2013   Blaž Kavčič   South Africa Clay   Raven Klaasen
  Nikala Scholtz
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
  Andy Ram
6–7(7–9), 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 3–6 Lose

Career titlesEdit

Singles (13)Edit

Legend
Challenger (4)
Futures (9)
No. Tournament Date City Surface Opponent Score
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

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Career W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A A 2R 1R Q1 A 1–2
French Open A A A A A A Q3 Q2 Q1 Q1 0–0
Wimbledon A A A A A A 2R 1R A A 1–2
US Open A A A A A A 1R Q1 Q1 Q2 0–1
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–3 0–2 0–0 0–0 2–5
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Monte-Carlo Masters A A A A A A A Q1 A A 0–0
Italian Open A A A A A A Q2 A A A 0–0
Canadian Open A A A A A A A Q1 A A 0–0
Cincinnati Masters A A A A A A 1R Q1 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 0–1
National Representation
Davis Cup A A QF A A PO 2R 3–1
Statistics
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 5–9 7–10
Win % 0% 0% 100% 0% 0% 50% 36% 41%
Year End Ranking 1465 933 423 721 307 201 80 N/A
* As of 25 August 2014

Record against other playersEdit

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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