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The Last Time... With Vasek Pospisil

Madrid, Spain

Pospisil© Mutua Madrid OpenVasek Pospisil met fans, media and sponsors on Saturday at the Caja Magica.

Vasek Pospisil visited the Mutua Madrid Open on Saturday to meet sponsors, media and fans at the Caja Magica. Having struggled with a back injury since the Australian Open, the Canadian rising star was forced to pull out of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 clay-court tournament this week, but sat down with to discuss the last time…

I cooked for myself or others?
[After significant deliberation]… let me think, I want to give the right answer to this. It’s quite rare. It was in Australia. I cooked for myself during a Challenger in 2011, I want to say. It’s embarrassing. But it was delicious! I made chicken and spaghetti with sauce from a can or something. I’m better at tennis!

I did my own laundry?
Actually, I do my own laundry quite often. It was last month in Bradenton, in my apartment.

Being famous helped me?
It helps especially because I’m spending so much time at tennis events, so it helps for practice courts. It’s always tennis related. It did help me get an upgrade recently, flying through Canada. I think that was a couple of months ago.

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I met a childhood idol?
It was Roger Federer. I met him, played against him at the Rogers Cup in 2011. I didn’t ask for an autograph, I was just happy enough that he beat me because I always hated it when he lost back then [laughing]! Things have changed a bit now!

I shared a hotel room with another player?
It’s been a long time. Probably three years ago as well, at a Challenger. Around the same time I was cooking for myself!

I paid to rent a court or had to buy tennis balls?
I just bought tennis balls two weeks ago in a supermarket in the south of France when I was practising down there with my coach.

I strung my own racquet?
I haven’t strung a racquet maybe since I was 16 or 17. I’ve strung one racquet, but my Dad was always stringing for me because he was travelling with me until I was 20. So he took care of my racquets. I never really had to string any!

I missed a flight?
Never missed a flight. I’ve missed a connection, but I can’t help that. But on my own terms, I’ve never come late to the airport or anything like that. I’m extremely punctual.

I visited a country for the first time?
That would have been China last year. It was great. Great tournaments. I went to Beijing first.

I forgot a family member or close friend’s birthday?
Never have. Well, never a family member that’s for sure. Close friends? I mean it happens obviously, every now and then. Sometimes they can slip your mind.

I played the guitar for an audience?
I just played a song last week for my team, but it still counts as an audience: my coach and physio. I’m not really good enough. I just started this year. I do sing as well, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I sing well! Let me re-phrase: I try to sing. I’ve been learning for three months now, but I can already play a good 25 songs or so. I’ve had some free time because I’ve been injured. I was injured for a month after Australia. I’m a pretty quick learner.

I played another sport that could have caused me a minor injury?
I’ve pretty much stopped playing other sports. The last time, I was 12 years old when I got a black eye, an elbow to the face when I was playing football. At the time, I was playing just as much football as I was tennis. After that injury, my Dad just said, ‘OK, no more’. I don’t think my opponent got red-carded, though, I think he got a pat on the back!

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