General Gianluca (Luca)
Rinaldini
Male
Italy
1959-08-10
Faenza, Italy


About

At the beginning of the seventies, Gianluca Rinaldini emerged from his home tennis club (Tennis Club Faenza), and at the age of thirteen he won the Lambertenghi Cup in Milan, an international youth tournament. Then he won the Italian championships for students and juniors. At the absolute Italian championships of 1978, he reached the final, where he was beaten by Corrado Barazzutti. In 1981, he beats Adriano Panatta in the semifinals, but is again beaten in the final by Barazzutti; in the same year he broke into the Top100 in the world rankings and in 3rd place in Italy.

In 1981, Rinaldini appeared in the French Open and Wimbledon Championships but was beaten in the opening round at both events, by Pavel Složil and Tim Gullikson respectively.

Rinaldini had wins over Alejandro Gattiker, Georges Goven and Sergio Casal en route to the semi-finals of the 1982 Florence Open, where he was beaten by eventual champion Vitas Gerulaitis.

The Italian played in both the men's singles and men's doubles draws at the 1983 French Open. In the singles, he was defeated in the first round by Australian John Alexander and he was also unable to progress into the second round in the doubles, with partner Claudio Panatta.



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Archive statistics 1977 - 1983
4
127
73


Tournament wins 1981 - Kaduna (Open)
1980 - Italian Summer Satellite - Leg 1 (Open)
1980 - Italian Summer Satellite - Leg 3 (Open)
1980 - Italian Summer Satellite - Masters (Open)


Tournaments Roland Garros - 1983 Austrian International Championships - 1982 Italian International Championships - 1982 Conde de Godo - 1982 Italian Nationals (Closed) - 1982 Sicilian International Championships - 1982 Travemünde International - 1982 Florence International - 1982 Brescia - 1982 Italian Spring Satellite - Leg 1 - 1982 Italian Spring Satellite - Leg 2 - 1982 Italian Spring Satellite - Leg 3 - 1982 Italian Spring Satellite - Leg 4 - 1982 Italian Spring Satellite - Masters - 1982 Itau Cup - Porto Alegre - 1982 Itau Cup - Rio de Janeiro - 1982 WCT - Genoa - 1982 Cologne Challenger - 1982 Austrian International - Qualifying - 1982 Wimbledon - 1981 Roland Garros - 1981 Venizia (Venice International Tournament) - 1981 Belgian International Championships - 1981 Italian Nationals (Closed) - 1981 Sicilian International Championships - 1981 Napoli - 1981 Parioli - 1981 Florence International - 1981 Zell Am See - 1981 Bologna Indoor - 1981 Lagos - 1981 Galatina - 1981 San Benedetto - 1981 Brooklyn Masters - 1981 Kaduna - 1981 Turin Challenger - 1981 Messina Challenger - 1981 Ogun - 1981 Tokyo Challenger - 1981 Bari Challenger - 1981 Italian International Championships - 1980 Italian Nationals (Closed) - 1980 Italian Spring Satellite - Leg 3 - 1980 Italian Summer Satellite - Leg 1 - 1980 Italian Summer Satellite - Leg 3 - 1980 Italian Summer Satellite - Masters - 1980 Lugo - 1980 Turin Challenger - 1980 Cozenza - 1980 Italian Nationals (Closed) - 1979 Bologna Indoor - 1979 Italian Spring Satellite - Leg 2 - 1979 France 1 Indoor Satellite - Leg 3 - 1979 France 1 Indoor Satellite - Leg 4 - 1979 Italian Summer Satellite - Leg 3 - 1979 France 1 Indoor Satellite - Leg 2 - Qualifying - 1979 Italian Nationals (Closed) - 1978 Bogota - 1978 Italian Nationals (Closed) - 1977

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