Eliminated on day three of the 2014 USTA/ITA Regional Championships
Attended Lycee del Escaut High School in Valenciennes, France and Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas...Won nationals at Tyler in 2002-03 and came in second in 2003-04...Won Athletic and Academic All-American honors at Tyler J.C. in 2003-04.
The son of Philippe and Sylvie Tonelli...Born December 21, 1984...Major is International Business...Enjoys meeting new people, playing soccer, going to the movies with friends and cooking...His sports hero is Pete Sampras...His favorite sports moment was winning his match that would determine if his team would win nationals.
Coach Stoloff on Tonelli:
"He is a wonderful athlete with a great attitude. He is going to help Nevada tennis go to a completely new level. He reminds me of Sebastien Grojean."
Reason you chose to attend Nevada: The reason I chose Nevada is because it is a very good school and I got a very good scholarship to play tennis. I want to help the team to reach a good level and at the same time, obtain my degree in international business.
Favorite aspect about tennis program: I love the fact that we have practice everyday and the fact that the team becomes "a family". Improving and reaching goals all together is a great feeling for me. You help each other and other people help you, that is how it works in my mind.
Reason you started tennis: I was playing soccer and tennis and I liked tennis more and kept going.
Reason you stayed with tennis: I like playing tournaments and matches and also that it is an individual sport (individual on the court with a team spirit).
What you like/enjoy about tennis: I enjoy giving 100 % on the court and winning great matches. That is such a good feeling. Also, working all together and helping each other. I love going to dual matches and hanging out with the team, practicing and then playing seriously.
Vehicle/Car you would most like to own: Lamborghini Murcielago
Racket you use: Liquid metal radical
Favorite vacation spot: Love snowboarding, and going to the beach (Spain, Italy)
What motivates/inspires you?: The fact that I left my house and live in America now (that my parents paid a lot for me) motivates me a lot, I first want to succeed for them and I'll be happy for myself later. I always want to succeed in everything I do so every time I can improve something and benefit myself, I do it. My friends are very important for me. Since I see most of them only 3 months per year, I love spending time with them and I really know what I aim for.