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The Last Time... With Ivo Karlovic

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Karlovic© Gerry Weber OpenIvo Karlovic, the 6'11" Croatian, always struggles when it comes to hiring a car.

Croatia's Ivo Karlovic, who has won five tour-level titles and leads the ATP World Tour for most aces hit in 2014, reveals the last time…

I strung my own tennis racquet?
It was probably when I was 21, because I travelled with my own stringing machine. It was a little one in a box. Back then, I was trying to save money everywhere – including the stringing. I strung about four or five racquets per week, because I didn’t use a lot of topspin back then. I don’t string my own racquets anymore. I think the machine is at my parents house.

I polished or cleaned the tennis trophies I have won?
I think… never! They are with my parents. I am not a cleaning kind of guy.

I missed a flight?
It happened recently in Moscow, last October. It was an early flight at 8 a.m. I heard my alarm clock go off around 5:40 a.m., but I didn’t want to get up. I kept sleeping and I got on a later flight.

I lost something valuable?
Three or four years ago in Shanghai, I lost my wallet with all my documents and credit cards.

I was rushing to make it to a tennis match?
It was in Miami five years ago [against Daniel Gimeno-Traver] in my first match. I was staying about an hour away from the tournament site. I was driving and the highway had road works. I was almost late. I didn’t even warm up and went directly onto the court for the match.

I drove myself to a tennis tournament?
I drive almost every year in Miami and also Delray Beach, as I live over there. I have a Mercedes-Benz, which gives me a lot of leg room. Otherwise, I struggle.

I played at my childhood tennis club?
It was once, earlier this year. I went to hit with a guy that was training over there.

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