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Filippo Volandri (born 5 September 1981; Italian pronunciation: [fiˈlippo voˈlandri]) is an Italian professional male tennis player. Volandri is a right-handed player who reached a career-high singles ranking of world no. 25 in July 2007. He turned pro in 1997 and has earned almost $4,000,000 in prize money. Volandri won the second title of his career in September 2006, beating Nicolás Lapentti in the final of the Sicily International in Palermo.[1]

Filippo Volandri
Filippo Volandri backhand.jpg
Country (sports) Italy
ResidenceLivorno, Italy
Born (1981-09-05) 5 September 1981 (age 37)
Livorno, Italy
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Turned pro1997
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$3,949,631
Official websitefilippovolandri.it
Singles
Career record178–222
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 25 (23 July 2007)
Current rankingNo. 703 (31 July 2017)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2004)
French Open4R (2007)
Wimbledon2R (2004)
US Open2R (2004)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games1R (2004)
Doubles
Career record32–76
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 120 (14 May 2006)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2005)
French Open2R (2005, 2007, 2011, 2012)
Wimbledon1R (2004, 2005)
US Open2R (2003, 2005)
Last updated on: 31 July 2017.

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Rome Masters success & French open successEdit

At the Rome Masters in 2007 Volandri, having entered as a wild card, recorded the biggest win of his career by beating the then world no. 1 Roger Federer in straight sets 6–2, 6–4.[2] Volandri celebrated by doing a lap of honour around centre court, high-fiving spectators in the front rows.[3]

Afterwards, Volandri hailed the victory as not only for himself, but for Italy, telling something of both the regard in which Federer, who holds the record for the longest spell as the world's top-ranked male player, is held and the relative under-achievement of Italy in men's tennis at the time.[citation needed] For his part Federer offered few excuses for his out-of-character display.[2]

Hopes that this might be the start of Italy's re-emergence among the top nations of professional men's tennis were heightened when Volandri went on to beat the highly rated world no. 12 Tomáš Berdych in the quarterfinal.[citation needed] The win meant that Volandri would be the first Italian to reach the event's semifinals since 1978. His run stopped in the semifinals, however, as he lost to Fernando González. In the French Open he was the 29th seed and he made it to the fourth round projecting him up to 25 th in the world, before losing in straight sets to Tommy Robredo.

Later careerEdit

Volandri has struggled greatly after the dropped match-fixing allegations, his only major success since 2007 is making it to the final of the 2012 Brasil Open where he beat then world 38 Thomaz Bellucci in the final he lost to then world 11 and top seed Nicolás Almagro in 3 sets. However, since then he has mainly competed on the ATP Challenger Tour, whilst since he reached the fourth round in the 2007 French Open he has not progressed past the 1st round of a grand slam.

On 23 June 2015, Volandri completed 300 wins at the ATP Challenger Tour tournaments by defeating Oriol Roca Batalla at the Aspria Tennis Cup in Milan. He became only the fourth player ever who obtained this achievement.[4]

ControversyEdit

Volandri had earlier come under suspicion for betting and match fixing, and his name featured prominently in a list compiled by the ATP of matches under suspicion for corruption.[5]

In January 2009, Volandri received a three-month ban from the ATP for a doping offence after testing positive for salbutamol during the Indian Wells tournament.[6] Volandri had a medical exemption from the International Tennis Federation to use salbutamol, an asthma medication, but the ITF deemed that his use of the drug was beyond therapeutic needs. His suspension was to last until 14 April 2009 and required him to forfeit all prize money and ranking points earned from the date of the failed test until the beginning of his suspension.[7]

In March 2009, the Court of Arbitration for Sport overruled the ATP decision and ruled that Volandri should be reinstated and his forfeited ranking points and earnings returned to him. Volandri stated that he intended to sue the ATP over the incident.[8]

ATP career finalsEdit

Singles: 9 (2 titles, 7 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (2–7)
Titles by surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (2–7)
Grass (0–0)
Titles by setting
Outdoor (2–7)
Indoor (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Jul 2003 Croatia Open, Croatia International Clay   Carlos Moyá 6–7(4–7), 7–6(7–4), 3–6
Win 1–1 May 2004 St. Pölten International, Austria International Clay   Xavier Malisse 6–1, 6–4
Loss 1–2 Jul 2004 Croatia Open, Croatia International Clay   Guillermo Cañas 5–7, 3–6
Loss 1–3 Oct 2004 Campionati Internazionali di Sicilia, Italy International Clay   Tomáš Berdych 3–6, 3–6
Loss 1–4 Oct 2005 Campionati Internazionali di Sicilia, Italy International Clay   Igor Andreev 6–0, 1–6, 3–6
Loss 1–5 Feb 2006 Argentina Open, Argentina International Clay   Carlos Moyà 6–7(6–8), 4–6
Loss 1–6 Sep 2006 Romanian Open, Romania International Clay   Jürgen Melzer 1–6, 5–7
Win 2–6 Oct 2006 Campionati Internazionali di Sicilia, Italy International Clay   Nicolás Lapentti 5–7, 6–1, 6–3
Loss 2–7 Feb 2012 Brasil Open, Brazil International Clay   Nicolás Almagro 3–6, 6–4, 4–6

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (0–1)
Titles by surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Titles by setting
Outdoor (0–1)
Indoor (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Mar 2006 Mexican Open, Mexico International Clay   Potito Starace   František Čermák
  Leoš Friedl
5–7, 2–6

ATP ChallengersEdit

Legend
ATP Challenger Tour Finals (1–0)
ATP Challenger Tour (11–14)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 7 August 2000 Prague, Czech Republic Clay   Albert Montañés 1–6, 1–6
Winner 1. 18 September 2000 Biella, Italy Clay   Hernán Gumy 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 29 April 2002 Rome, Italy Clay   Martín Vassallo Argüello 4–6, 0–6
Runner-up 3. 12 August 2002 Graz, Austria Hard   Olivier Mutis 3–6, 2–6
Winner 2. 17 March 2003 Cagliari, Italy Clay   Rafael Nadal 2–6, 6–2, 6–1
Winner 3. 9 June 2003 Biella, Italy Clay   José Acasuso 2–6, 7–6(7–4), 6–4
Winner 4. 2 August 2004 Trani, Italy Clay   Francesco Aldi 6–1, 6–3
Winner 5. 21 July 2008 San Marino Clay   Potito Starace 5–7, 6–4, 6–1
Winner 6. 28 July 2008 Cordenons, Italy Clay   Óscar Hernández 6–3, 7–5
Runner-up 4. 17 August 2009 Trani, Italy Clay   Daniel Köllerer 3–6, 5–7
Winner 7. 12 April 2010 Rome, Italy Clay   Lamine Ouahab 6–4, 7–5
Winner 8. 31 May 2010 Rome, Italy Clay   Reda El Amrani 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 5. 2 August 2010 San Marino Clay   Robin Haase 2–6, 6–7(8–10)
Runner-up 6. 9 August 2010 Trani, Italy Clay   Jesse Huta Galung 6–7(3–7), 4–6
Runner-up 7. 28 March 2011 Barletta, Italy Clay   Aljaž Bedene 5–7, 3–6
Runner-up 8. 18 April 2011 Napoli, Italy Clay   Thomas Schoorel 2–6, 6–7(4–7)
Winner 9. 18 July 2011 Orbetello, Italy Clay   Matteo Viola 4–6, 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 9. 18 September 2011 Todi, Italy Clay   Carlos Berlocq 3–6, 1–6
Runner-up 10. 17 March 2012 Rabat, Morocco Clay   Martin Kližan 2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 11. 12 May 2013 Rome, Italy Clay   Aljaž Bedene 4–6, 2–6
Winner 10. 23 June 2013 Milan, Italy Clay   Andrej Martin 6–3, 6–2
Winner 11. 28 July 2013 Orbetello, Italy Clay   Pere Riba 6–4, 7–6(9–7)
Runner-up 12. 11 August 2013 City of San Marino, San Marino Clay   Marco Cecchinato 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 13. 8 September 2013 Genoa, Italy Clay   Dustin Brown 6–7(5–7), 3–6
Winner 12. 17 November 2013 São Paulo, Brazil Clay   Alejandro González 4–6, 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 14. 14 September 2014 Biella, Italy Clay   Matteo Viola 5–7, 1–6

Singles performance timelineEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)

Current as far as the 2016 Internazionali BNL d'Italia.

Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A Q3 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R A A 1R 1R 1R 1R A A 0 / 9 1–9 10.00
French Open A A 1R 1R 3R 2R 4R 1R Q2 Q1 1R 1R Q2 1R Q2 Q1 0 / 9 6–9 40.00
Wimbledon A A 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R A A 1R 1R A 1R A 0 / 9 1–9 10.00
US Open A A 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R A A A 1R 1R 1R A A 0 / 8 1–8 11.11
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–3 3–4 2–4 1–4 3–4 0–3 0–0 0–0 0–4 0–4 0–2 0–3 0–0 0–0 0 / 35 9–35 20.45
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R A A A A A A A A 0 / 5 0–5 00.00
Miami Masters A A A A 1R 3R 2R 1R A A A A A 1R A A 0 / 4 2–5 28.57
Monte Carlo Masters A A QF 1R QF 1R 1R 2R A A 1R 2R Q2 Q2 Q1 Q1 0 / 8 8–8 50.00
Madrid Masters1 A A A A 1R A 1R A A A A A A A A A 0 / 2 0–2 00.00
Rome Masters 1R 1R QF 3R 2R 2R SF 1R 1R 3R 2R 1R 1R 1R A 1R 0 / 15 14–15 48.28
Canada Masters A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Cincinnati Masters A A A A 1R A 1R A A A A A A A A 0 / 2 0–2 00.00
Shanghai Masters2 A A 1R 1R QF 2R 2R 1R A A A A A A A 0 / 5 4–5 44.44
Paris Masters A A A 1R A A 2R A A A A A A A A 0 / 2 1–2 33.33
Win–Loss 0–1 0–1 6–3 2–5 7–7 3–5 7–8 1–5 0–1 2–1 1–2 1–2 0–1 0–2 0–0 0–1 0 / 45 30–45 40.00
Career Statistics
Titles–Finals 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–3 0–1 1–3 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2 / 9 2–7 22.22
Year End Ranking 213 153 47 43 38 38 40 102 215 91 69 88 71 212 192 $3,915,403

1 Was played on hardcourt from 2002–2008.
2 Held as Hamburg Masters until 2008 and Shanghai Masters from 2009.

Doubles performance timelineEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Current as far as the 2012 US Open (tennis).

Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 1R 2R 1R 1R 1–4
French Open 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R 2R 2R 4–7
Wimbledon 1R 1R 0–2
US Open 2R 1R 2R 1R 1R 2–5
Win–Loss 1–1 0–4 3–4 0–2 1–3 0–2 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 7–18

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ BBC article
  2. ^ a b "Federer beaten by wild card", Reuters, 10 May 2007.
  3. ^ Federer vs Volandri MSRoma 2007 (Tommasi-Clerici), YouTube, 6 March 2011.
  4. ^ Meiseles, Josh (24 June 2015). "Volandri Joins 300 Wins Club". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  5. ^ Tennis Match Fixing is Still an Issue
  6. ^ Tennis Player Volandri Banned for 3 Months Reuters, 15 January 2009.
  7. ^ Filippo Volandri Banned Three Months for Asthma Drug Use ESPN, 16 January 2009.
  8. ^ Volandri's Drug Ban Lifted ESPN, 31 March 2009.

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