“Dream Come True”: 19-Year-Old Lorenzo Musetti Breaks Into Top 100 Rankings

Published 03/22/2021, 9:23 AM EDT
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – September 14, 2020 Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti in action during his first round match against Italy’s Giulio Zeppieri Pool via REUTERS/Riccardo Antimiani


Italian tennis player Lorenzo Musetti had a bright career in the junior levels. In the 2019 season, he won the Australian Open boys title and achieved a career-high ranking of number one in the world. He made his debut on the ATP Tour at the Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships.

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Since then, Musetti has been climbing places. In the previous season, he beat former Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka and Japanese player Kei Nishikori at the Rome Masters. Those results gave an indication of an exciting prospect in the making.

Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti in action during his third-round match against Germany’s Dominik Koepfer. Pool via REUTERS/Clive Brunskill

Lorenzo Musetti finds it incredible to enter the top 100 rankings

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Recently, Musetti accomplished another feat by entering the top 100 rankings for the first time. On doing so, the Italian teenager said, “It’s a dream come true. Since I was a kid, I hoped and dreamed to be one day Top 100 and entering the Tour. Finally, I got this. It is incredible.”

In the previous week, he reached the semifinal of the Mexico Open in Acapulco. He registered impressive wins over players like World No. 9 Diego Schwartzman, American player Frances Tiafoe, and Bulgarian tennis player Grigor Dimitrov.

 
 
 
 
 
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Jannik Sinner rates Lorenzo Musetti high

At the moment, there are two teenagers in the top 100 rankings, the other being Jannik Sinner, who had encouraging words to say about his fellow Italian.

“Musetti is a big, big talent. He can do everything with the ball already, so he’s already physically strong. I think he’s a great player.”

It seems Italian tennis is in good hands. There are a number of rising talents from the region. Matteo Berrettini is another talent, and he was part of the season-ending ATP Finals last year. 

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The Italian teenager will feature at the Miami Open next week. As many players have confirmed their absence, it could be a great opportunity for the youngsters on Tour to create an impact. 

There is yet a lot of tennis left to play in the year, Musetti’s performances will gain attention since has been one of the breakthrough stars on Tour. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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