Stefano Cobolli was born in La Spezia on 2 March 1977. He was 5 years old when he started to play tennis, taking his first steps at the club Circolo Casetta Bianca in Rome, where he played until he was 12. His move to Marina di Massa (near La Spezia) marks the beginning of his professional career, establishing himself as one of the best junior players in Italy. His career (number 236 in ATP ranking) counts with many important successes, like the victory against a young Stanislas Wawrinka in the semi-finals of the Brindisi Challenger in 2003 or the set won against the Magnus Norman, number 41 in world ranking at the time, in the Umag 1998 tournament quarterfinals (“I could have won that match, damn cramps”).
Since 2004, with Vincenzo Santopadre, he focused for almost 7 years on Open tournaments and team competitions and in 2016, after attending the ATP course for former players, he became national tennis coach. He loves training children, nurturing the dream of turn them into champions.