Nikoloz Basilashvili has kept the Georgian flag flying high by frequently performing at the top level in various international tournaments. The 29-year-old achieved a career-high ATP singles ranking of World No. 16 in May 2019 and has always posed a threat for any player who has come up against him. Besides the trophies Basilashvili has won, the Georgian also famously reached his first ATP Masters 1000 final at Indian Wells last year. Started playing tennis at age five, he can also speak Russian and English apart from his native language.
Basilashvili might not have played at any Grand Slams during his junior career, but his talent and potential were there for everyone to see. In late 2006, Basilashvili competed in his first ITF Junior Circuit tournament, the G2 Jerry Simmons Tournament. However, he was eliminated in the first round of qualifying. It was in 2008, the Georgian won his only junior title, the G4 Tennis Express tournament by beating Raymond Sarmiento in three sets.
His first title success came in July 2018, when he made it into the main draw of the German Open in Hamburg as a qualifier and went on to win the tournament. He needed three sets to overcome Leonardo Mayer in the final. On the back of his first title, Basilashvili climbed to World No. 35 in the world rankings, his highest singles position and the highest by a Georgian player in the post-Soviet era. He earned his second ATP crown in October that year when he defeated top seed, Juan Martin del Potro, in the final of the China Open.
Nikoloz Basilashvili currently uses a TGT344.3 pro stock racquet that has been painted to look like the Head Graphene 360 Speed MP. He uses Head Hawk Touch to string his racquet. Basilashvili has been using this racquet setup for a long time.
|Head Size||100 square inches|