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Rik De Voest: The Biofile

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South Africa's Rik de Voest reveals his tennis inspirations, greatest sports moment, the funniest player encountered and more for this Biofile with Scoop Malinowski...

First Tennis Memory: "Watching Wimbledon finals at home on TV, then going playing on the garden on the grass."

Tennis Inspirations: "I guess, now that I'm older, just watching some of the older guys competing and doing well. It's kind of an inspiration for me, particularly like Tommy Haas and Federer. Those guys are older and I'm in my early 30's. And for those guys to work hard and do well, I think that's, for me, an inspiration to keep going."
 
Current Car: "A Hynunda Santa Fe."
 
Greatest Sports Moment: "Probably representing my country in Davis Cup and winning a big five-set match in South Africa. (Against who?) Jarkko Nieminen in a Euro-African Group Playoff two or three years ago."
 
Most Painful Moment: "I guess losing a bunch of matches this year from match point up."
 
Favourite Tournament: "Combined - Wimbledon and US Open."
 
Closest Tennis Friends: "At the moment, probably Somdev Devvarman because we share a coach."
 
Funniest Player Encountered: "Dustin Brown is a good guy to watch and he's always joking around."
 
Which Match Were You At Your Best: "I'd have to probably say two or three years ago I played David Nalbandian at the US Open and I was up 4-2 in the fifth set and I ended up losing. That match I felt really, really good. It was just heartbreaking to lose that one."
 
Embarrassing Tennis Memory: "I guess when I was 14, breaking my racquet in front of my mom. And she saying she's never going to buy me a racquet again. And she didn't [smiles]."
 
Why Do You Love Playing Tennis: "I just love competing, going out there and trying to work out a guy, and figure out how to beat him. I'm not the biggest or the hardest hitter. But I use my craft. And, for me, that's why I keep playing. I feel I can still compete like that and work guys out. And I feel it's a good, different style of play to what's going on at the moment."
 
First Famous Tennis Player You Ever Met: "Wayne Ferreira."
 
Favourite Sport Outside Tennis: "I enjoy watching out national rugby and cricket teams play."
 
Three Athletes You Like To Watch & Follow: "Admire, I guess, Roger Federer, Tiger Woods and...I'm struggling on the third one [smiles]."
 
People Qualities Most Admired: "Integrity. Just good all-around values, in general."

[Editor note:] De Voest has won a record 37 doubles titles on the ATP Challenger Tour.

 

Courtesy of Scoop Malinowski, tennis-prose.com

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