Francesco Piccari
Full nameFrancesco Piccari
Country (sports) Italy
Born (1979-09-07) 7 September 1979 (age 41)
PlaysRight-handed
Prize money$130,638
Singles
Career record0–2
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 233 (7 July 2008)
Doubles
Career record1–3
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 207 (7 July 2008)

Francesco Piccari (born 7 September 1979) is a former professional tennis player from Italy.

Biography

Career

Piccari began competing professionally when aged 18 but didn't quite master until he was 19.[1]

He competed in several Grand Slam qualifying draws, including at the 2005 Australian Open, where he lost to future tournament winner Novak Djokovic, who was playing his first match in a Grand Slam.[2]

At the 2008 Croatia Open in Umag, he made the main draw of an ATP Tour tournament for the only time. He featured in both the singles and doubles competitions. In the singles, after winning two qualifying matches, he was beaten in the first round by local player Roko Karanušić.[3] He reached the quarter-finals of the doubles with countryman Gianluca Naso, beating Marcos Daniel and Nicolás Massú, before their tournament was ended in a match decided by a super tie-break, to top seeds David Škoch and Lovro Zovko.

Piccari was a member of the Italian team which competed at the 2009 World Team Cup, picked as a reserve to first choice players Simone Bolelli and Andreas Seppi.[4] When Bolelli became unavailable mid tournament, Piccari came in and played three matches, two doubles rubbers with Seppi and a singles match, which he lost to Janko Tipsarević of Serbia.[5]

Personal life

In 2017 he married Italian tennis player Karin Knapp.[6]

His younger brother Alessandro was also a professional player, who made it to 391 in the world.[7] The brothers run a tennis academy together in Anzio.[7]

Challenger titles

Doubles: (1)

No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
1. 2007 Mantova, Italy Clay Russia Andrey Golubev Italy Leonardo Azzaro
Italy Marco Crugnola
6–3, 6–2

References

  1. ^ "Piccari Becomes World Master at The Ripe Age of 19".
  2. ^ Bowers, Chris (7 May 2015). Novak Djokovic and the Rise of Serbia - The Sporting Statesman. John Blake Publishing. ISBN 9781784186074.
  3. ^ "Volandri ends 7-match losing streak". USA Today. 14 July 2008. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Addio alla World Team Cup" (in Italian). Ubitennis. 15 December 2010. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  5. ^ "ATP Tour – May 22 (final results)". Montreal Gazette. 22 May 2009. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Karin Knapp Weds Partner and Coach Francesco Piccari". Tennis World USA. 3 April 2017. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  7. ^ a b Scarà, Federico (7 February 2015). ""Piccari Tennis Team: l'obiettivo è migliorarsi sempre"". Spazio Tennis. Retrieved 3 May 2017.