ATP Firsts: Sam Querrey
Sam Querrey has a double-digit seed next to his name (11), but the American is surely one of the favourites to make a deep run into the second week at Wimbledon. The 6'6" right-hander reached his first Grand Slam quarter-final two years ago at SW19, and then backed it up last year with his maiden Grand Slam semi-final run at the All England Club. This year, Querrey will try to take the logical next step and play for his first Grand Slam title.
In another edition of "ATP Firsts" a Q&A all about player firsts, the 30-year-old American talked with ATPWorldTour.com about the time Federer introduced himself to Querrey and what he remembers most about his trip to France when he was 17.
First coach and most important lesson he/she taught me
When I was a junior I had this coach Tim Schnaible from about 11 to 14. [The most important] lesson that he taught me was to just have fun.
First pinch-me moment on the ATP World Tour
It was at the Australian Open, 2007. I was in the elevator and Roger Federer came in, introduced himself to me and said welcome to the Tour... He said, 'Hi, Sam. I'm Roger. It's nice to meet you, good luck.'.. I was around the Top 100, I was in the third round of the Australian Open so maybe he had seen a result in the locker room or something like that.
First time I travelled abroad
First time I travelled abroad for tennis was when I played the junior Roland Garros when I was 17 years old... [I just remember] the small beds in France.
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First thing I bought with prize money
I bought a condo not too long after I started playing, in Santa Monica... Three-bedroom, modest-sized place.
First album I bought
Probably a Blink 182 album, back in the '90s. I can't remember which CD but one of theirs. I love them... They're not really making that many hits right now but I still like them.
I had a basset hound when I was 5 named Spud... Spud's dead now but he was good for those years he was living.