The Biofile: Horacio Zeballos
Argentine veteran shares his tennis inspirations, greatest moment, and more
Horacio Zeballos has been enjoying a rich run of form on the ATP World Tour. The 32-year-old Argentine reached the semi-finals last week at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell and is now in the quarter-finals of the BMW Open by FWU. In doubles, he and Julio Peralta prevailed last month in Houston (d. Brown/Tiafoe) and finished runner-up in February in Quito (l. Cerretani/Oswald).
He shares some of his tennis memories in this Biofile with Scoop Malinowski.
First Tennis Memory: I remember my father's club. He has a tennis club. I started to play there and my friends are from there.
Last Book Read: Game of Thrones.
First Famous Player You Met Or Encountered: Guillermo Vilas in Mar de Plata. I was eight years old. He did a clinic with the kids.
Greatest Moment Of Career: When I beat Nadal in the Vina del Mar final (2013).
Most Painful Moment: Sometime when I have to go and leave my family at home. I have to travel like for one or two months. It’s very tough.
Favorite Tournaments: Houston is one of them. I also like to play in Buenos Aires because I’m playing at home.
Why You Love Playing Tennis?: It’s a really nice sport. I’m not sitting in an office. I have the chance to be traveling around the world. See new places, see new countries. It’s beautiful.
Funniest Players Encountered: One of the funniest players is Gael Monfils.
Strangest Match: I remember one match I was leading 3-2 in the first set. We just started. My opponent said something bad to the umpire and he got disqualified, so I won [smiles]. It was at a Challenger.
Funny Tennis Memory: We have a lot of jokes whenever we are playing Davis Cup. For example, I put sticky stuff on [former] captain [Martin Jaite]’s grip and then he couldn’t get his hand off the racquet [smiles].
Favorite Sport Outside Tennis: Chess.
Courtesy of Scoop Malinowski, tennis-prose.com. Scoop is the author of "Facing McEnroe", "Facing Nadal, "Facing Hewitt", "Facing Federer" and "Marcelo Rios: The Man We Barely Knew," all available on Amazon.