My start in tennis was cool. My parents both played. So when there was no babysitter, my parents would sit me on the court in a stroller and to earn a chance to play, I had to be a good boy and be quiet while they played. So from there I just started to play and I loved it.
I’ve always loved the one-on-one aspect of the game. There’s no-one else to hide behind when you’re out there. It’s just you and the other guy, how much you both want to win and what you bring to the court. That’s what makes a good match for me – getting the win or playing the best I could and the other guy just being better on that day.
That’s the beauty of tennis – that my biggest challenge is myself that I constantly battle to overcome.
My personal highlight is representing my country (USA) in the 2012 Olympics. But it was also an amazing achievement to beat Stan Wawrinka in five sets at the 2011 US Open.
My main motivation to play now is that I love to win. As long as I’m playing, I’m happy. But it’s definitely nicer to win. My ultimate goal is to win a Grand Slam.
Right now, I feel I have so much more left to give, both in tennis and in life. My aim is just to be a better person.
My parents both played. So when there was no babysitter, my parents would sit me on the court in a stroller and to earn a chance to play, I had to be a good boy and be quiet while they played. So from there I just started to play and I loved it.
Left handed, two handed backhand
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