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Lorenzo Sonego stirs grass-court symphony with Wimbledon run, debut single
The Italian opened up about "Un Solo Secondo," a song written with a childhood friend after reaching the third round at SW19.
Published Jul 02, 2021
WATCH: Sonego eased into his second career grass-court final last week in Eastbourne.
Few players come into a Grand Slam with what it takes to win it, but only Lorenzo Sonego arrived at Wimbledon with the song of the summer.
The Italian collaborated with childhood friend and fellow musician AlterEdo to record a certified bop called “Un Solo Secondo.” Not the first tennis player to dabble in music, Sonego’s effort not only by far the best of his peers, but the track could easily rival what’s on the radio today.
“It was only for fun, and it was a funny moment for me,” the No. 23-seed demurred after a second-round Wimbledon win. “When my friend and I were young, we would sing a lot of songs together, and so it was a moment for us to do something together. He wrote this song, and I really like music. I love reggaetón. It was only for our enjoyment, for a laugh, and to do something different, something other than tennis.”
With powerful lyrics about reclaiming time gone by over a fire beat, Sonego happily reposted fans playing the song on their Instagram stories, but don’t hold out hope for an album —or even an EP—any time soon.
“Only one song,” he laughed. “Right now, I’m focused on this tournament. After that, I can see if people think my music is any good.”
Sonego has shown plenty of potential on grass despite his limited experience on the surface. In his first grass-court swing, he won a title in Antalya and finished runner-up to Alex de Minaur last week in Eastbourne.
“I like playing on grass because my serve is really good here. I can use the slice, which is my best serve,” the 26-year-old explained. “If I return better, I can play a really good match on this surface. I really like playing on all surfaces. I love clay because I grew up playing on that in Italy, but I really do like grass, as well.
"There are only three grass tournaments, so it’s not the easiest to adjust to each year, but I’m really happy for the matches this week.”
Already enjoying his best Wimbledon run, Sonego could book a Manic Monday clash with Roger Federer should he first get past Aussie James Duckworth on Saturday.
In the meantime, take a second and listen to Un Solo Secondo.