Nikoloz Basilashvili

Born Feb 23, 1992
Nationality Georgia Georgia
Nickname Basil

Nikoloz Basilashvili is a professional tennis player from Georgia. On 27 May 2019, he achieved the world’s No. 16 high-level ATP individual ranking. In July 2018, he finished as a qualifier for the German Open in Hamburg, then won the tournament and defeated Leonardo Mayer at the final, making him the first player from Georgia to win an ATP tournament after Alex Metreveli. In October 2018, Juan Martin del Potro captured his second ATP title in the World Championships Open, beating World No.4. By winning the German Open for the second year in a row, Basilashvili achieved 2019 his first title defense.

The father of Basilashvili, Nodar, is a dancer of the Sukhishvili national ballet of Georgia. Natalia, his mother, worked as a medical practitioner, and his brother, Tengiz. He also speaks Russian and English apart from his mother tongue. Basilashvili was five years old when he began to play tennis. In Sacramento, CA, USA, he trained from 2007-2011. He moved back to Russia when he was 15. Basilashvili declared in 2011 that he could play for Russia but opted to continue to play under the flag of Georgia.

At the end of 2006, Basilashvili played at the G2 Jerry Simmons Tournament on his first ITF Junior Circuit and lost the first round. In 2007, he succeeded in breaking through two Israeli and Romanian G4 tournaments. In all of them, Nikoloz lost in the 16th round. Later that year, at every junior tournament, he reached his first semifinal, doubling for the first time at the American Junior Hard Court Championships with partner Patrick Daciek. In the solo round, he lost to Filip Krajinovic in the G4 USTA Illinois in September.

Márton Fucsovics from Hungary was defeated in the first round by Basilashvili at the US Open in 2019. Basilashvili lost to Fernando Verdasco in 4 sets in the 2020 Australian Open in the second round. He lost John Millman during the 2020 US Open in the first round. Basilashvili won John Millman and Malek Jaziri in 2021 at the Qatar Open in the quarterfinal in three games before the quarter-final victory over the world number 6. He won his sixth ATP final over Roberto Bautista Agut, whom he derailed to take the title in the straight line, his semifinal win over Taylor Fritz.

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