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#TalentiUniSR: Fabrizio Ornago

01 December 2018

"I started playing tennis at the age of 7, since my mom accompanied me to a free trial at the beginning of the year: I have been playing for almost 20 years". Fabrizio Ornago, born in 1992, is graduated in Physiotherapy at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University and today is a professional tennis player: he has won twice the national university championships, in Cassino (FR) and in Milan, and between 2017 and 2018 he competed and won in Doboj (Bosnia), Cairo (Egypt), Birmingham (United States), Talca (Chile), Kampala (Uganda) and La Marsa (Tunisia). "This year I started competing in Challenger tournaments, almost the highest in the world, in which I reached the second round of the main game twice: in Sibiu (Romania) and Campinas (Brazil)". His great passion was transmitted to him by his first teacher Luca Prandi; currently he trains at the DR Tennis Academy in Bellusco under the supervision of Davide Recchia. "I have a fantastic team and together we have grown a lot, with the desire to make great strides forward". About UniSR teachers he says: "They are great professionals who have transmitted us great curiosity and passion for what we do every day during the lessons and the internship".


Fabrizio Ornago

Your university pathway

I graduated with honors from Physiotherapy course at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University

Why you selected the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University

I consider this university the best university in the health sector

What opportunities our University has given you

I think I was very lucky to have had the opportunity to learn a lot from doctors and physiotherapists of the highest level and with a great passion for their work. These great professionals have allowed us to transmit great curiosity and passion to what we do during our lessons and internships every day

What you currently do

Although physiotherapy has always been one of my greatest passions, at the end of my university career I dedicated myself to a completely different life: that of the professional tennis player. My job needs to travel a lot, which I could hardly do without the support of the sponsors (Joma sport, Viemme, CR&C srl and Teodori Spurghi), which I take this opportunity to thank

The main strength of the education provided by San Raffaele

Its strength lies in the fact that, in addition to a solid basic scientific culture, it provides excellent manual technical skills thanks to the clinical internship, which takes place mainly at the Rehabilitation Operating Units of the San Raffaele Hospital. A very selective entrance test allowed us to be followed very carefully, making the student-teacher relationship very collaborative both from a working and a human point of view

Your best quality


Favorite quote

One day, a few years ago, they gave me the book by Andre Agassi [ex American tennis player, considered one of the greatest tennis players ever, Editor's note], of which I will never forget a phrase, which I always like to keep with me, especially when I'm away from everyone: “It is no coincidence, I think, that tennis uses the language of life. Advantage, service, error, break, love (zero), the basic elements of tennis are those of daily existence, because every match is a miniature life. Even the structure of tennis, the way the pieces fit into each other like a matryoshka, reflects the structure of our days. The points become games that become sets that become tournaments, and everything is connected so tightly that each point can mark a turning point. It reminds me of the way seconds become minutes that become hours, and each hour can be the most beautiful of our lives. Or the darkest. It depends on us." (Andre Agassi)

Your dream

I have always made many sacrifices so that I could continue both in training and in the university career, but after graduation, day after day I faced tennis commitments with determination, passion and a lot of willpower. These efforts have allowed me, to date, to reach 355th position worldwide. For me this goal represents the first step, but I sincerely hope to be able to compete in the 4 Grand Slam tournaments, such as Wimbledon

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