Gianni Clerici

July 24, 1930
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Como, Lombardy
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Acclaimed tennis author, columnist, and broadcaster, Gianni Clerici has covered tennis for over 40 years. As a sports reporter, he has written over 6,000 articles, mostly about tennis. His masterwork, 500 Anni di Tennis, has been translated into French, German, Japanese, Spanish and English (as The Ultimate Tennis Book). Clerici has been honored as Italian Playwright of the Year (1987), and the Best Italian Sports Columnist of the Year (1992). Clerici’s Divina is the definitive biography of French tennis star Suzanne Lenglen.


  • Named Prix Vallecorsi (Italian Playwright of the Year) 1989
  • Named Penna d’Oro (Golden Pen) Best Italian Sports Columnist of the Year 1992
  • Named Sportswriter for Life by Italian Olympic Committee 1998
  • Author of 500 Anni di Tennis (1971), which has been translated in multiple languages
  • Tennis commentator for over thirty years