Klizan, Johnson Among 22 Graduates Of ATP University
by ATP Staff|
Slovak Martin Klizan and American Steve Johnson were among 22 players to graduate from the ATP University in Miami last weekend. Over three days players were schooled in a general overview of the ATP, an in-depth look at how tournaments operate, tennis’ anti-doping and anti-corruption programmes, finance, media training, social media, giving back, marketing the tour, and rules and officiating.
The ATP University was established in 1990 after the ATP Player Council recognised the need to educate young players for the wellbeing of players and the Tour.
Klizan, 23, said, “It was a good opportunity to get some more information for rules and how to talk to media. For me, the most exciting thing was the rules on court. The media was also interesting, I started to understand a little bit about how to talk to media, how to behave.”
A recent graduate from the University of Southern California, 23-year-old Johnson said that he had not expected to return to the classroom so quickly, but that he enjoyed the opportunity to study on a different subject matter. “We had a good presentation on social media, how to use it, how it can help brand you,” he said. “Also, certain ways not to use it and what to stay away from. I really liked (the University). I met a bunch of new guys I hadn’t gotten to know yet because we all tend to play in our own regions.”
After classes concluded, the players were able to test their knowledge in “ATP IQ,” a quiz with questions ranging from general ATP World Tour knowledge to specifics from the various presentations. Russian Andrey Kuznetsov complemented his recent rise in the Emirates ATP Rankings with yet another victory, this one in the cerebral field. After all academics were completed, the players were able to bond in an ATP University rendition of the viral internet sensation, “Harlem Shake”.
Players graduating from the ATP University are: Martín Alund (ARG), Guido Andreozzi (ARG), Aljaž Bedene (SLO), Marius Copil (ROU), Evgeny Donskoy (RUS), Gastao Elias (POR), Samuel Groth (AUS), Harri Heliovaara (FIN), Steve Johnson (USA), Martin Klizan (SVK), Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS), Nicholas Monroe (USA), John Peers (AUS), Diego Schwartzman (ARG), Ivan Sergeyev (UKR), John-Patrick Smith (AUS), Jack Sock (USA), João Sousa (POR), Jan-Lennard Struff (GER), Antonio Veic (CRO), Agustin Velotti (ARG), Rhyne Williams (USA).