Potito Starace was born in Benevento, Italy on July 14, 1981. He is born to Angelantonio, civil servant of the Italian government, and Rosa, a schoolteacher. He has two younger brothers named Francesco and Gianluca. He started playing tennis at age eight and became a professional player in 2001. He is fondly called as “Poto” by colleagues and looks up to Andre Agassi. He also likes soccer and likes Robert Baggio.
Potito plays with his right hand and is at his best in outdoor hard courts. He now has a 9-1 Davis Cup Record with 8-0 singles in 6 ties. He is physically trained by Stefano Baraldo and coached by Umberto Rianna, his countrymen.
For the first time with a record of 23-7 record in Challenger play, Starace finished at the top 100 with three titles. He defeated Wessels at San Remo; Di Mauro at Sassuolo; and Armando in San Marino. But his greatest highlight in 2004 was when he played in the third round of the Grand Slam Tournament at Roland Garros, which was his first time as well.
In the following year, he won the championship title in the Challenger and earned the 16-7 record. He started his season by qualifying a game in Auckland and eventually reached the quarterfinals but lost to Chela. He also carried the glory for Italy when he won the Davis Cup Euro-Africa competition over Luxembourg with 2-0 singles division.
In 2007, he finished in the top 50. He made his two final appearances in ATP. He advanced to Valencia after he started with a 4-6 points in the first three months. He joined the quarterfinals in Barcelona, Spain and third round at AMS Rome. He also reached the third round at the Roland Garros for the Best Grand Slam.
Currently, Starace is ranked at No. 47 as of November 15, 2010, but the highest rank he has reached was at No. 27, which he achieved in October 15, 2007.