My Father introduced me to tennis at a young age. He was a professional tennis player himself, and it just made sense to follow in his footsteps and listen to the great advice that he would give me.
One of my main motivations to play tennis is to inspire the younger generations – I believe that is how dreams are made. I was once in their shoes and I was looking up to players like Roger and Nadal, and it was them who motivated me to be a pro.
I would like to motivate other younger generations to follow my path and to love the game like I do.
A big tennis role model when I was growing up was definitely Andy Roddick. I admired his work ethic and I loved his competitiveness, which I can relate to. Outside of tennis, another big role model to me is professional basketball player Lebron James. He is the dude that I look up to on and off the court.
Highlights in my career so far have to include cracking the top 100, winning the matches at main draw grand slams and definitely beating Roberto Bautista in Miami. One of my biggest moments was playing against Rafa Nadal at the Rod Laver Arena.
For me, what makes a good match are the emotions during the match. Everybody in the match can feel the intensity; be it the person on the side line or the player playing the match. It’s like a roller-coaster ride, which for me is what makes it a good match. Even the match losses make the following wins much sweeter. I enjoy the feelings like when I played against Rafa Nadal at the Rod Laver Arena. I enjoy those emotions.
My favourite tournament to play is the US open. It was the first junior grand slam that I played and I won a round when I was only 14. That was one of the greatest feelings as a tennis player and I will never forget that.
My ultimate goal is to win a grand slam.
Right-handed, two-handed backhand
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