- Date of Birth:
- February 25, 1982
- 5' 8"
Flavia Pennetta (born February 25, 1982 in Brindisi, Apulia, Italy) is an Italian professional tennis player. Flavia began playing tennis at age 5, after her father introduced her to the sport. When she was 17, Flavia won the 1999 French Open in girls’ doubles with Roberta Vinci. Two years earlier, she began to play on the International Tennis Federation circuit. She failed to quality for the World Tennis Association until 2002, when she played at the Cellular South Cup in Memphis, Tennessee. She lost in the first round. Despite this failure, she broke the Top 100 for the first time, coming in at rank #100. She continued to develop her skills in 2003 and in 2004, Flavia won her first WTA title at the Orange Prokom Open in Sopot, Poland. Since that victory, Flavia has won 10 WTA titles as a singles player and 17 doubles titles. She won the 2011 Australian Open as a Doubles, her first Grand Slam tournament victory. That year, she was ranked No. 1 as a Doubles player. In 2015, she made it to the Finals of the US Open, her best showing as a single player at a Major tennis tournament.
Best Known For:
Flavia Penetta is best known as a professional tennis player.
Flavia has an older sister, Giorgina. Flavia cites Monica Seles as her tennis idol. In the past, she dated fellow tennis star, Carlos Moya. The two broke up in 2007 and she detailed the split in her memoir, Straight To The Heart. As of 2015, Flavia is involved with Italian tennis player, Fabio Fognini.