Blaž Rola

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Blaž Rola
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Country (sports) Slovenia Slovenia
Residence Ptuj, Slovenia
Born (1990-10-05) 5 October 1990 (age 26)
Ptuj, Slovenia
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Plays Left-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $532,612
Singles
Career record 13–16
Career titles 0
2 Challenger, 9 Futures
Highest ranking No. 78 (5 January 2015)
Current ranking No. 148 (1 February 2016)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2014)
French Open Q3 (2014)
Wimbledon 2R (2014)
US Open 1R (2014)
Doubles
Career record 3–3
Career titles 0
1 Challenger, 6 Futures
Highest ranking No. 209 (11 January 2016)
Current ranking No. 213 (1 February 2016)
Last updated on: 1 February 2016.

Blaž Rola (born 5 October 1990 in Ptuj) is a Slovenian tennis player.

His highest career ranking is no. 78 in singles and no. 209 in doubles. He represents Slovenia on the Slovenia Davis Cup team. He competed for The Ohio State University from 2010 to 2013, winning the NCAA doubles championship in 2012 and the NCAA singles championship in 2013. In his career, he has won nine singles and six doubles ITF Futures tournaments and one ATP Challenger in singles and doubles. In the 2013 Mediterranean Games in Mersin, Turkey, he won gold in singles and doubles.[1][2]

Personal life[edit]

Rola was born in Ptuj, the oldest Slovenian town, to father Marijan Rola and mother Majda Rola. He was four years old when he started playing tenis and when he was six he joined the Tennis Club Terme Ptuj where he spent the most of his youth. He went to High school in Ptuj.[3] In 2010 he moved to the United States where he studied at and competed in tennis for Ohio State University until 2013.

Career[edit]

2008–2013[edit]

In 2008 he began his professional career when he performed his first tournaments in ITF Futures and ATP Challenger Tour series.

In 2010 he represented Slovenia for the first time in Davis Cup and moved to study and play tennis in United States.

At 2013 Mediterranean Games he won 2 gold medals and made big progress when he reached Top 200 on ATP rankings for the first time in his career. In this period he won 9 Futures singles and 6 doubles titles and 1 title in doubles in Challenger series.

2014[edit]

Through qualifications he reached the main draw of Grand Slam tournament for the first time. At 2014 Australian Open he lost in second round against Martin Kližan. With this result he became 5th Slovene male player in main draw of any Grand Slam.

In May he reached Top 100 on ATP rankings and played in qualifications for 2014 French Open where her lost in the 3rd round.

In June he played his first 250 series tournament on grass. In 2014 Aegon Championships, London and 2014 Aegon International, Eastbourne he lost in the first round on both occasions. He played in the main draw of 2014 Wimbledon Championships for the first time in his career and lost 1–6, 1–6, 0–6 in 2nd round against Andy Murray.[4]

Davis Cup[edit]

Singles performances (3–1)[edit]

Edition Round Date Against Surface Opponent Result Outcome
2010 Europe/Africa Zone Group II QF 11-Jul-2010 Bulgaria Bulgaria Clay Bulgaria Valentin Dimov 6–0, 6–1 Win
2013 Europe/Africa Zone Group I RPO 13-Sep-2013 South Africa South Africa Clay South Africa Rik de Voest 6–1, 6–4, 6–4 Win
15-Sep-2013 South Africa Nikala Scholtz 2–3 ret. Lose
2014 Europe/Africa Zone Group I 2R 4-Apr-2014 Israel Israel Clay Israel Dudi Sela 6–3, 6–4, 6–4 Win

Doubles performances (1–1)[edit]

Edition Round Date Partnering Against Surface Opponents Result Outcome
2013 Europe/Africa Zone Group I RPO 14-Sep-2013 Slovenia Blaž Kavčič South Africa South Africa Clay South Africa Raven Klaasen
South Africa Nikala Scholtz
7–5, 6–1, 7–6(7–4) Win
2014 Europe/Africa Zone Group I 2R 5-Apr-2014 Slovenia Grega Žemlja Israel Israel Clay Israel Jonathan Erlich
Israel Andy Ram
6–7(7–9), 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 3–6 Lose

Career titles[edit]

Singles (11)[edit]

Legend
Challenger (2)
Futures (9)
No. Tournament Date City Surface Opponent Score
1 Slovenia F3 13-Jun-2010 Maribor Clay Hungary György Balázs 2–6, 6–4, 6–4
2 Austria F3 14-Aug-2010 Bad Waltersdorf Clay Austria Pascal Brunner 7–5, 6–3
3 USA F17 25-Jun-2012 Innisbrook Clay Venezuela Luis David Martínez 6–2, 6–1
4 Austria F3 23-Jul-2012 Bad Waltersdorf Clay Austria Nicolas Reissig 6–3, 6–2
5 Croatia F8 20-Aug-2012 Vinkovci Clay Croatia Toni Androić 6–2, 6–2
6 Austria F9 3-Sep-2012 Vogau Clay Austria Mario Haider-Maurer 6–2, 7–6(7–5)
7 Mexico F12 10-Jun-2013 Quintana Roo Hard Brazil Jose Pereira 7–6(7–6), 6–4
8 Poland F5 1-Sep-2013 Bytom Clay Serbia Filip Krajinović W/O
9 Armenia F1 6-Oct-2013 Yerevan Clay Netherlands Boy Westerhof 6–2, 6–4
10 ATP Challenger Guangzhou 2-Mar-2014 Guangzhou Hard Japan Yuichi Sugita 64–7, 6–4, 6–3
11 Campeonato Internacional de Santos 26-Apr-2015 Santos Clay Belgium Germain Gigounon 6–3, 3–6, 6–3

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Career W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A A 2R 1–1
French Open A A A A A A Q3 0–0
Wimbledon A A A A A A 2R 1–1
US Open A A A A A A 1R 0–1
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–3 2–3
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Cincinnati A A A A A A 1R 0–1
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–1
ATP World Tour 250 series
London/Queen's Club A A A A A A 1R 0–1
Eastbourne A A A A A A 1R 0–1
Stuttgart A A A A A A 1R 0–1
Gstaad A A A A A A 2R 1–1
Winston-Salem A A A A A A 2R 1–1
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–5 2–5
National Representation
Davis Cup A A QF A A PO 2R 3–1
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 3–1
Statistics
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 5–9 7–10
Win % 0% 0% 100% 0% 0% 50% 36% 41%
Year End Ranking 1465 933 423 721 307 201 80 N/A
* As of 25 August 2014

Record against other players[edit]

Career singles record on ATP World Tour, Grand Slam, Davis Cup. (as of 25 August 2014)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mersin 2013 Tennis Men's Singles Final" (PDF). mersin2013.gov.tr. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Mersin 2013 Tennis Men's Doubles Final" (PDF). mersin2013.gov.tr. Retrieved 28 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Interview: Caffe Invitation, guest: Blaž Rola (Slovene)". Ptuj television PeTV. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Andy Murray demolishes Blaz Rola for loss of two games to reach third round of Wimbledon 2014". telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 

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