When you might be 2.03m tall and have certainly one of the strongest companies on the planet, double is certain to be extra than simply a interest. Albano Olivetti, who has all the time excelled on this specialty which has earned him 23 titles in Futures tournaments (the 3e worldwide tournaments division) since 2010, has determined since the resumption of the ATP circuit to make it a full-time exercise.
“It was an eventuality and a desire that had been running through my head for quite some time. The health crisis has accelerated things a little, recognizes the Haguenovien of TC Strasbourg, who will celebrate his 29 years on Tuesday. When the circuit resumed, I had no desire to go and bury myself in the Futures tournaments. I was classified beyond the 900e world place in singles and to score even a point I would have had to beat three or four very strong players each time. It was not worth it and I decided to directly try my luck in doubles in the Challengers tournaments. (the second division of ATP tournaments). “
Without great certainty at the start, since his ranking was still “only” 250e world and did not automatically allow it to integrate popular doubles tables. “I had to discover higher ranked gamers than me to make sure not to make the journey for nothing in these tournaments”, continues the Alsatian giant.
With Pierre-Hugues Herbert to start
Pierre-Hugues Herbert, the mate of TC Strasbourg and 20e worldwide in the specialty, was the first partner to reach out to it. He took him to his recovery tournament in Prague at the end of August. “It reminded us of our youth, it was a great time! “
After “P2H” in Prague, “Alba” joins forces with the younger Frenchman Enzo Couacaud, 164e world singles, to play in Aix, then profit from a wild card for the doubles at Roland-Garros.
“Enzo, it was my riskiest selection as a result of he was not very excessive in the standings. But we have been fortunate to give you the option to enter the tournaments. And win one! “
It was in Alicante, for Olivetti’s first double clay court victory. This Spanish coronation allows the Bas-Rhinois to return to the World Top 200 (he was 161e in singles in 2014 and 103e in duplicate in 2017) and to be approached by actual train specialists. Aware that it’s higher to have this colossus in your aspect of the court docket than in entrance …
“Go as high as possible in double”
Because the machine is launched: the French n ° 53 arrives in the semi-final in Ismaning with the Czech Zdenek Kolar, wins in Parma with his Parisian buddy Grégoire Barrère and, Saturday, in Ortisei with the German Andre Begemann.
Before enjoying, in a week in Portugal, his final event of the season with Kolar, he could have climbed shut to 100 world locations in a quick semester.
“It gives hearth to play Challengers tournaments!, Relishes Albano Olivetti, who will now do every little thing to combine the circuit of Grand Prix tournaments, the D1 of ATP. These good outcomes show that I made the proper selection. My purpose is to go as excessive as attainable in doubles. But the begin of subsequent yr will likely be tough as a result of with the well being disaster, there is not going to be a lot of tournaments. “
A teammate to select for 2021
The Alsatian large could have to make a new selection: that of the teammate who will assist him in the long term. “I had three attention-grabbing proposals for 2021, together with one from a French player. I’ll have to suppose a bit earlier than I make up my thoughts. “
Tennis will not be the only parameter: “Should we take a complementary profile, a good turner for example, or a big server like me? What is certain is that I need to be with a person with whom I have a minimum of affinities off the court, so that there is good understanding and good energy on the field. . “