Albano Olivetti Returns to Competitive Tennis Next Week

by John on January 7, 2016

Olivetti 2016

Big-serving Frenchman Albano Olivetti will be back launching rockets again next week. The 6-foot-8 Olivetti has been sidelined since Wimbledon 2014, where he lost to Marsel Ilhan in the first round of qualifications. Shortly thereafter he was injured in a car accident and underwent surgery for a cervical hernia. Plans to come back in 2015 didn’t materialize, but Olivetti began to work out and play some unofficial events and now appears ready to start over again, from rock bottom as it were. Olivetti has been unranked since June and will return next week at the Germany F1 Futures in Schwieberdingen. The 24-year-old Frenchman gained more than a modicum of notoriety in February of 2012 when he cracked a 160-mph serve at the Bergamo Challenger. Only Australian Sam Groth has bettered that mark. Groth blasted a record 163-mph missile at the Busan Challenger three months later. The rocket-launching duo have been aptly dubbed Top Guns of Fast Serve. Olivetti reached a career-high No. 161 ranking on May 26, 2014, shortly before the injury. The towering Frenchman made his initial big splash on tour the week after the Bergamo monster serve, qualifying for his first ATP Tour main draw at Marseille and then knocking out Mardy Fish, ranked No. 8 at the time, in the second round before losing in the quarterfinals. “He probably has one of the hardest serves I’ve ever played against,” Fish said at the time. Olivetti reached his only other tour-level quarterfinal at Montpellier in February of 2014. There he lost to fellow Frenchman Richard Gasquet. Olivetti hopes to get a wild card for the France F2 Futures at Bressuire the week after Schwieberdingen and continue to hone his game and garner ranking points.

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