Roland-Garros, Roger Federer, Esquire: 10 questions about Lorenzo Musetti

Italian teenager Lorenzo Musetti hit the headlines recently for first reaching and then exiting the fourth round at Roland-Garros. Find out some essential facts about one of tennis’ most exciting young talents

8 June 2021
Lorenzo Musetti

Why did Musetti retire against Novak Djokovic at Roland-Garros 2021?

Playing in the fourth round of the Grand Slam for the first time, Musetti took a two-sets-to-love lead against world No 1 Novak Djokovic at Roland-Garros. But Musetti failed to pull off the massive upset and also fell short of completing the match. Musetti called it quits after three hours and 27 minutes with Djokovic leading 6-7(7), 6-7(2), 6-1, 6-0, 4-0.

The Italian had taken a break before the fifth set for some apparent back treatment, but he said afterward that he did not have any specific injury. Instead he gave the following explanation for his retirement.

“No, no, no, it’s not an injury. It’s, well, just a little bit of cramps and a little bit of low back pain. I was not anymore able to win a point, and so was not really… grateful also for the crowd that was there, so I decided to retire. There was no chance that I could win a point, so I decided to retire because I think it was the best thing to do it.”

How old is Lorenzo Musetti?

Lorenzo Musetti was born on March 3, 2002, in Carrara, Italy, making him 19 years old.

Who are his family?

His parents are Francesco, a marble producer, and Sabrina, a secretary. Musetti lists his grandfather as his hero.

When did Musetti start playing tennis?

He began playing tennis at the age of four, and his greatest inspiration is Roger Federer.

When did Musetti turn professional?

Musetti turned pro in 2019 after a successful junior career in which he won the 2019 Australian Open boys singles title and was ranked No 1 in the world later that same year.

Who is Musetti’s coach?

Musetti is coached by Simone Tartarini. They began working together when Musetti was just seven years old. Tartarini describes his young charge this way: “Lorenzo has always been a very talented boy.”

How tall is he?

Musetti is 6ft 1in tall, according to his official ATP profile.

What is his highest career ranking?

His highest-ever career ranking is world No 76, which he achieved in May 2021. The Italian is the youngest male player in the top 100 rankings currently. He has reached 2 ATP Challenger tour finals in 2021 and also reached the semi-finals in Acapulco and Lyon.

How much prize money has he won over the course of his career?

His current prize money total as of early June 2021 is $437,072 for singles and doubles combined. He won another €170,000 (~$200,000) for reaching the fourth round at Roland-Garros in 2021.

What would he do if he were not a tennis player?

Musetti says he would like to be an actor, and admires the work of Al Pacino. However, he would also make a good model, having already found himself on the cover of the Italian version of Esquire magazine in 2020.

Is Musetti on social media?

Yes, he has an Instagram account with 137,000 followers.

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