Tennis Interviews (19)
ATP World No. 25 (and rising) Alexandr Dolgopolov talked to TalkAboutTennis.com about his penchant for risk, his second career as a computer game designer, his karaoke fame and his famous locks.
ProTennisNews.Net (PTN): Looking back at your accomplishments, you've won every Grand Slam, an Olympic gold medal, many titles; what are your memories of the '92 Davis Cup match with Stefan Edberg, and where does that fit in with all your achievements?
Daniel Nestor (DN): Well, that's a tough question. Obviously, singles was an important part of my career for the first half – ten years or so. I was trying to get my singles ranking as high as possible. I didn't totally focus on doubles until about 2002. So, yeah, obviously after that match I turned pro, so it was a huge win for me, obviously beating the No. 1. But more so because of the Davis Cup format, competing in Canada, which wasn't the norm, having tennis on TV. So it was just a matter of coincidence; it was a great achievement and there [were], of course, a lot of expectations after that. I wasn't ready for those expectations at that time. I was pretty young and not really developed physically.
Home base: Fremont, CA
Number of weeks on the road: Having traveled with the ATP for over thirty years now, he considers the Tour “almost like family.” Steve has a little seniority when it comes to how much time he spends away from home. “Because, I guess, I’ve been around so long, I do get to pick the tournaments I like and the ATP’s nice enough to give most of them to me,” he said. He finds himself on the road, “these days, about half the year. I try to do two tournaments a month.” His tournament preference? “I really like the outdoor events.”
TAT: Igor, can you clarify your coaching situation? You’ve been alone for over a year now. Are you looking?
IA: I’m alone for now. It’s possible that for the period up to Roland Garros someone will be traveling with me, either a physio or someone from Valencia. But so far, I’m OK alone. So, really, I’m not “on a hunt,” such that I must find someone.
Of course, there are moments when you need training, help getting into playing shape, but overall, I’m still pretty satisfied as is.
TAT: And when you’re training in Valencia are you alone there also, or you have someone there?
IA: Well, in Valencia, it’s an academy. I’ve been there a long time, and there are coaches there, guys you can practice with. Same in Moscow. So, things like practices and such, there are no problems with that.