She is one of the young promises of the Italian women’s tennis, to whom talent, grit and tenacity certainly seem not to be lacking, she is twenty-two years old, Elisabetta Cocciaretto.
Elisabetta Cocciaretto was born on 25th January 2001 in Ancona, Italy. Her father Piero is a medical informant and her mother Jessica is an accountant and regional councilor. She has a younger brother, Alessandro. At just five years old she became passionate about this sport, thanks to her parents who played it at an amateur level.
“Near our house, there was the ‘Tennis Europe’ U12 tournament in Porto San Giorgio and one day I watched a few games with my father. He asked me if I wanted to start playing tennis, I said yes. So, I started the free courses with Antonio Di Paolo at the club and from there I became more and more passionate.”
As a Junior, Elisabetta won the Italian championships U11, U12, U13 and U14, and the well-known “Lemon Bowl” tournament, twice. She also won the European doubles paired with Federica Rossi. In 2015, for a whole year, the young girl had to fight, in the true sense of the word, with back problems that resulted in a herniated disc that had taken away twelve months of training. An exact year without a racket which, however, saw her happy ending thanks precisely to the stubbornness that distinguishes her.
Cocci’s idols while growing up were Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki, but above all she is a big fan of compatriot Sara Errani. She said that by physical typology she feels more like Cibulkova and Halep. Her favorite surface is clay and favorite shot is forehand. Elisabetta’s secret dream is called Rome, where she already had a good experience.
“I have dreamed of winning the Rome tournament since I was a child. Winning it in front of the Italian public would be the fulfillment of a dream.”
Aside from tennis, her other great passion is dancing. She is also fond of traveling and likes to visit the places where she plays. Despite playing tennis at pro level, Elisabetta does not neglect her education, as she is enrolled at the Faculty of Law in Camerino.
Who is Elisacetta Cocciaretto’s Coach in 2023?
Elisabetta’s career is closely followed by her coach Fausto Scolari since season 2017.
Fausto Scolari was born on 15th February 1975 in Sondrio, Italy. He started coaching in 1996 at the Tennis Sporting Club Sondrio where he spent twenty years. Then he became the head coach of Under 21 Italian tennis team and works with most talented players in Italy. He coached Federica Rossi since her beginnings and for five years now he is mentoring Cocciareto.
After recovering from herniated disc, Elisabetta moved to Tirrenia, to start collaboration with Scolari. Guided by him, she stood up in 2018 when at the start of the season she reached the Junior Australian Open. There she was defeated by the future champion Liang En-shuo. On the Junior Circuit she reached career-high ranking of no.17. That year she made her debut for Italy in the Billie Jean King Cup. In November, at the end of the season she won her maiden title, at ITF tournament in Nules, Spain.
“It’s stimulating to work with a tennis player like Elisabetta who seeks certainties but who always wants to learn new things, to grow and improve her tennis. She is a student who encourages you to always be proactive.” said Fausto about his trainee.
Next season Elisabetta won four ITF tournaments, one of which playing in doubles at Roma Open. Her good form continued at the start of 2020 when she qualified for the main draw of the Australian Open and made her Grand Slam debut. But then came the pause due to the pandemic. When the circuit resumed, she obtained a wild card for Palermo International tournament, where she won her first match at WTA level. In 2021 she played few tournaments, but struggled with knee injury and therefore decided to end her season early, in order to undergo surgery.
Elisabetta returned to play in 2022 at the Australian Open. She won two more ITF tournaments in the first half of the season and in September at Puglia Open she won her first WTA doubles title, playing alongside Olga Danilovic. The next month in Mexico, came her maiden WTA singles title, by defeating in the final Polish Magda Linette. Thanks to these results she entered top 70 for the first time in her career and finished the year as World.no 65.
Cocci started season 2023 with final at Hobart International, where after two hours of play she lost to Lauren Davis. Thanks to the final she entered top 50 and reached her career-high rank on the WTA list of World no.48. This week Elisabetta reached the quarterfinal at Monterrey Open where was defeated by Elise Mertens. In any case, the best is yet to come for the young Cocciaretto.
Former Elisabetta Cocciaretto’s coach
During her junior days, Elisabetta was followed by a team of coaches, but above all she worked with Corrado Barazzutti.
Corrado Barazzutti was born on 19th February 1953 in Udine, Italy. He gained fame in 1971 by winning the Orange Bowl and Junior Roland Garros. Then he turned pro and won five ATP singles titles and one playing in doubles. He also was a member of the Italian Davis Cup team who won the title in 1976. After his retirement, Corrado was non-playing captain of the Italy Davis Cup Team and the Italy Fed Cup team with whom he won four Fed titles.
While mentoring Elisabetta, she won the Italian championship in different young categories and showed her flamboyant talent.
Elisabetta Cocciaretto’s Achievements With Different Coaches
We have collected in the table the data about the trophies won by Elisabetta Cocciaretto under the guidance of various coaches.
|Coaches||Years of Completion||Titles|
|Fausto Scolari||2017 – ongoing||2022 Abierto Tampico Open, WTA
2022 Open delle Puglie (doubles), WTA
2002 Grado Cup W60, ITF
2022 Oeiras Open W80, ITF
2019 Colina Open W60, ITF
2019 Centenario Open W60, ITF
2019 Trieste Open W25, ITF
2019 Roma Open (doubles), ITF
2018 Nules Open, ITF
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