My dad introduced me to tennis when I was about four and I loved it. As a kid, I was shy and team sports weren’t really my thing. Tennis gave me that space to be alone and build my self confidence. I ended up being pretty good and the rest is history.
I love to play tennis because I’m a competitor. I love to battle in everything I do and tennis allows me to be myself on the court. It’s that one-on-one aspect of the game that I really enjoy. Two players battling to see who’s better on the day. Growing up, my idol was Roger Federer. He’s the ultimate role model and leader in our sport. On and off the court.
I’ve won a couple of Challengers tournaments, the 2011 title at Roland Garros and I made the semi-finals of the Hall of Fame Open in Newport. But my biggest moment was the second round at Indian Wells 2016. I took Novak Djokovic to three sets on centre court. That was some match.
I wake up, grab breakfast and I’m out the door. I’ll usually play a few hours of tennis in the morning. Sometimes I’ll do two tennis sessions, then a fitness session. I might also have a double fitness day. It kind of depends on the time of year and what I’m trying to achieve. If I’m in tournament mode, everything revolves around the next match.
It can be hard to stay grounded. To stay in a routine. I try to keep in touch with friends and family as much as possible. As a tennis player, you need to be okay with being alone, and sometimes that gets hard. Netflix is a great way to pass time.
I love to play tennis because I’m a competitor. I love to battle in everything I do and tennis allows me to be myself on the court.
Right handed, Two backhanded
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