Indian Wells, Djokovic, Italy: Everything you ever wanted to know about Luca Nardi (but never had time to find out) – updated after Indian Wells exit

Everything you need to know about Luca Nardi. a young Italian making waves on the ATP Tour

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Who is Luca Nardi?

Luca Nardi is an Italian tennis player, playing on the ATP Tour.

What did Luca Nardi do in Indian Wells in 2024?

Having made it into the main draw only as a lucky loser, Luca Nardi produced one of the biggest shocks in the tournament’s history when he beat the world No 1, Novak Djokovic, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open. Ranked No 123, Nardi described it as a “dream come true”. He is the lowest-ranked player ever to defeat Djokovic at Masters 1000 level.

Nardi could not back up such a momentous win, however, losing 6-4, 6-3 in the following round to Tommy Paul.


Luca Nardi is 20. He was born in Pesaro, Italy on August 6, 2003.

What is Luca Nardi’s highest ranking?

Luca Nardi’s highest official ranking is No 106, a mark he reached in February 2024. He will rise to at least No 95 after his efforts in Indian Wells in March 2024.

Did Luca Nardi play in the Next Gen Finals in 2023?

Yes. Nardi qualified for the Next Gen Finals in 2023, played in Jeddah. The Italian won one of his three round-robin matches. He has won five titles on the Challenger Tour.

Who is Luca Nardi’s coach?

Luca Nardi is coached by Giorgio Galimberti and Marco De Rossi. He has also been working with Francesco Sani since he was just 7 years old.

How much prize money has Luca Nardi won?

:Luca Nardi has won $722,387 in singles and doubles combined, as of March 11, 2024.


Nardi has a poster of Novak Djokovic in his bedroom but his idol, he says, is Roger Federer. “For sure, I would like to play against him because he is the best player ever,” he told the ATP.

When did Luca Nardi start playing tennis?

Nardi started playing tennis at the age of 7, with his brother Niccolo.

Who are Luca Nardi’s family?

Luca Nardi is the youngest of three children, to mother Rafaella and father, Dario, who is a notary. His elder brother, Niccolo, is a graphic designer, while his elder sister, Julia, is studying to be a notary.

What are Luca Nardi’s interests outside of tennis?

Nardi is a big football fan and a supporter of Napoli, in Italy’s Serie A. According to the ATP website, his biggest other passion is motorcycling. If he was not a tennis player, he would like to be a physiotherapist.

Is Luca Nardi on social media?

Yes. You can find Luca Nardi on Instagram, where he has 37,500 followers. He is on Twitter, with 1,154 followers (as of March 12, 2024)

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