Biofile With Potito Starace
by Scoop Malinowski|
First Tennis Memory: "I had a club near my house and I started there. I was very young, seven years old."
Tennis Ambitions: "To win an ATP World Tour title. I haven't won a tournament, but I have played four finals. And to play a good Grand Slam, especially in Paris, because clay is my favourite surface."
Current Car: "Audi A5."
Favorite Ice Cream Flavour: "Chocolate...No, nutella!"
Greatest Sporting Moment: "I think it was when I played Roland Garros the first time (2004). I played a great tournament and I came from qualies. I qualified and I won two rounds (d. Tursunov and No. 10 Grosjean). And I had match point against [Marat] Safin. That was the first great tournament of my career."
Most Painful Moment: "I think the same tournament. When I lost with match point in the third round against Safin."
Favourite Tournaments: "Rome and Roland Garros."
Last Book Read: "I don't read."
Funniest Players Encountered: "Novak Djokovic is fun. Rafa when he has his hair like this (in a ponytail) [smiles]."
Closest Tennis Friends: "I have a lot of friends in tennis, especially the Argentine or Spanish guys."
Best You Ever Felt On Court: "Maybe at Roland Garros, five years ago. I played great tennis. I played great tennis in Rome one year. I lost to [Nikolay] Davydenko 7-5 in the third round in 2007. I beat [Agustin] Calleri and [Juan Carlos] Ferrero. I was playing very good."
Why Do You Love Playing Tennis: "Because I love tennis. When I was young, I was crazy about tennis. When I was six years old I started to play soccer. But I love tennis. I just love the sport."
Favourite Players To Watch: "I like [Andy] Murray. I think [Jo-Wilfried] Tsonga is a great player. And [Novak] Djokovic; he is the best I think at the moment."
Personality Qualities Most Admired: "I would say fighters like [Rafael] Nadal and classy like [Roger] Federer. They are very fair players and are good examples."
Reproduced with permission from tennis-prose.com