Coaches for Africa - Riccardo Piatti


Advice from Riccardo Piatti for both coaches and players who are turning pro.

This advice has been assembled through twenty years of experience.

From Furlan and Caratti to Ljubicic, Djokovic, Gasquet and Raonic; players with different personalities all share a common desire: to play their best for long periods of time and post consistent results.


Who is Riccardo Piatti?

Born in 1958 in Italy, Piatti, along with Alberto Castellani, became some of the first Italian coaches to achieve success at an international level.

In 1982 he became a coach after attending the Federal National School.

In 1983 he became deputy director of SNM and director of the center's summer program in Palagano.

Between 1984 and 1988 he was in charge of the Technical Sector of FIT, as well as youth team captain for the Borotra Cup (U16). His team included Renzo Furlan, Cristiano Caratti, Frederick Mordegan and Diego Nargiso.

In 1988 he decided to start working as a private coach, and helped develop some of Italy’s finest young talent into pros, such as Renzo Furlan (no. 19), Cristiano Caratti (no. 26), Federico Mordegan, Cristian Brandi (a two-time national champion) and Omar Camporese (who reached 26th in the world and won the ATP tournament in Rotterdam).

In 1990 he started working with Croatian Ivan Ljubicic who, under his leadership, rose to number three in the world.
Ljubicic won 10 ATP tournaments, including the Masters 1000 event in Indian Wells and the Olympic bronze medal in doubles in Athens. He also participated in two Masters Cups and won the Davis Cup Cup with Croatia in 2004.

He also worked with Novak Djokovic between 2005 and 2006.

He most recently coached Richard Gasquet, a partnership which saw the Frenchman reach number eight in the rankings. He is currently working with Milos Raonic.