DOB: March 11, 1997
Hand Used: Right
Racket: Babolat Pure Drive
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Favourite Player: Grigor Dimitrov
Favourite Tournament: US Open
Best Surface: Clay or Slow Hard Courts
Best Win: My best win is yet to come
“Tennis is more than just a sport. It’s an art, like the ballet. Or like a performance in the theater. When I step on the court I feel like Anna Pavlova. Or like Adelina Patti. Or even like Sarah Bernhardt. I see the footlights in front of me. I hear the whisperings of the audience. I feel an icy shudder. Win or die! Now or never! It’s the crisis of my life.” – Bill Tilden
“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best night and day to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle a human being can fight and never stop fighting.” – E.E. Cummings
“Freedom is on the other side of discipline.”
“Flow lies at the intersection of discipline and surrender.”
My game style:
I love tactical patterns à la Justine Henin neutralizing pace with my slice, then chip and charge or finish with a drop shot. Although I love slowing down the pace with a backhand slice or a forehand drop shot, there’s nothing quite like the feeling at impact on an open stance forehand winner, feeling the power transfer from the right leg to contact. The inside out forehand is my favorite way to attack by channeling my inner Fernando Gonzalez with my fast racquet speed. As an all court player and an intuitive one, I can adapt my tactical choices and decision making based on my opponent. This adaptability is fueled by variation, but also the use of my athleticism: I definitely enjoy chasing down balls the opponent doesn’t expect me to get to and defending effectively with my slice from everywhere on the court. I love using off court time in my day to optimize my performance by working on the mental side of the game and leveraging every detail I can to gain an edge. I have this Djokovic-like holistic approach/obsession with optimizing health and high performance.