Grega Zemlja is the 2nd ranked Slovenian tennis player and the 124th ranked tennis player in the world. In 2011, Grega played in the main draw of Wimbledon and the Australian Open, advanced to at least the quarterfinals in seven Challenger tournaments, and won the event in Caloundra, Australia. Grega was the first player from Slovenia to ever win a Challenger Title, to qualify for a Grand Slam event, and to win a match in the Main Draw of a Grand Slam event. Grega hopes to compete in the 2012 London Olympics, which is being played on grass, his favorite surface.
In 2011, Grega played in the qualifiers at all four Majors, advancing to the main draw of the Australian Open and falling in five sets to world #22 Marcos Baghdatis. Grega advanced to the second round of the main draw at Wimbledon, where he was defeated by world #8 Gael Monfils in a fourth set tie-break. In 2010, Grega upset world #25 Juan Monaco in the French Open main draw. Grega represents his country as a seven-time member of the Slovenian Davis Cup team, and has an impressive singles record of 17-7 in those matches. Grega was selected as the best Slovenian tennis player for three consecutive years. Grega won a Bronze medal at the 2005 Mediterranean Games and is a six time Challenger finalist. He plans to compete in the 2012 London Olympics.
Grega often states, “Tennis is my life and it has the first priority in everything I do in my life.” Grega started tennis at the age of seven and was a top-50 player in the world as a Junior. Grega was born in Jesenice, Slovenia and today lives and trains in Kranj, Slovenia. Grega is fluent in English, Slovenian, and Serbo-Croatian and can speak some German as well. Grega comes from an athletic family, as his father was a ski jumper and his sister played tennis. Grega’s favorite tournament to play at is Wimbledon because he considers it the most privileged tournament of the year and because grass is his favorite surface. Grega is a music enthusiast who plays the guitar and reads in his free time. Grega’s favorite foods are Mexican and Italian.