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Janko Tipsarevic Biofile

Published by on January 14, 2013 filed under BioFiles   ·   Comments (0)
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Status: ATP #9.  Winner of four ATP singles titles. Member of Serbia’s Davis Cup team.

Ht: 5-11 Wt: 180

DOB: June 22, 1984 In: Belgrade, Serbia

Hobbies/Interests: “Music, books, snowboard.”

Tennis Inspirations: “I’m trying to be an inspiration for myself. Of course, as an idol, always was Andre Agassi since I was a kid.”

First Tennis Memory: “Is on my first tennis practice when I was really bad and I was crying and I wanted to quit after one hour of play. But luckily my mom told me just continue for fun. Now here I am.”

Favorite Movies: “Donnie Brasco, Usual Suspects.”

Favorite TV Show: “I don’t watch TV.”

Musical Tastes: “House music, exclusively house music. Afro Jack.”

Favorite Books: “Genealogy of Morality By F. Nietzsche. On the Other Side of Good and Evil. The Idiot. Writings from the Underground. Counsels and Maxims By Arthur Schopenhauer.”

Favorite Artists: “Salvador Dali and Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio.”

First Car: “Puegeot 307 (silver).”

Current Car: “Volvo C70 convertible (silver).”

Favorite Meal: “I guess pljeskavica – it’s a Serbian name for hamburger.”

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: “I don’t eat ice cream. I try to lose weight.”

Pre-Match Feeling: “Trying to go on court as sharp as possible. If I start easy, that’s the points when I’m not playing good. If I’m not warm enough or sharp enough, I usually don’t start good in my matches. So trying to be as sharp as possible.”

Greatest Sports Moment: “Probably the best feeling of my career was Davis Cup semifinal when I beat Stepanek (60 76 64) to make the Davis Cup final (2010). Was a dream come true. And when I beat Gonzales in the third round on the full Wimbledon center court stadium.”

Most Painful Moment: “It was like a period. I played good as a junior when I was 17. I played unbelievable at the beginning of the year, was #1, and from French Open till the end of the year I couldn’t play anything because the wrist injury. And I just saw my colleagues going like better and better in the ranking. And in the end finished second with the same amount of points to the #1 guy. But the difference was he had like more points in the Grade A tournaments. Very painful.”

Favorite Tournament: “Wimbledon, for sure. I enjoy playing on the grass, my favorite surface.”

Closest Tennis Friends: “Are Serbian guys, Novak Djokovic, Nenad Zimonjic. Also Feliciano Lopez, Oliver Marach and Rainer Schuettler. But my best friends are like people who have nothing to do with tennis.”

Funniest Players Encountered: “Michael Llodra and Dimitri Tursunov.”

Toughest Competitors: “For me, the guy that I hate playing is Amer Delic. I lost three times to him, two times in tiebreaks in the third set and the other time the score was 75 76. Really, really tough matches.”

Funny Tennis Memory: “When I was younger, first time I played U.S. Open (2003). When I was younger I was practicing in a swimming pool on carpet. And I was really nervous. And the idea that I had was, If I lose the point or something, I go next to a wall and do a handstand. So all the blood goes in my head. What happened to me, first time I ever qualified at U.S. Open I was playing Philippoussis. I lose a break point. Very easy shot. and like automatically – subconsciously – I do a handstand. And everybody starts to laugh at me. And I was like, What am I doing? And I just let myself go and slam right on the hard court. It was very stupid and funny.”

Embarrassing Tennis Memory: “A long time ago I played the last round of qualies of the small tournament in Egypt. There was a Spanish guy on the other side of the net. Three hour match. 5-4 for him in the third set and I got a warning – on 30-30. As soon as I lost the point I showed the middle finger to myself, pointing upwards. The chair umpire thought that I was offending Allah. As a result, he gave me the second warning, the point penalty and ended the match.”

Favorite Players To Watch: “I love to watch Federer. I remember practicing with him. I was really enjoying him kicking ass. First four games, I tell you, I won one point. Was unbelievable. Like on PlayStation. And I like to watch Henin. Her game style.”

Best You Ever Felt On Court: “Was against David Ferrer at the 2008 Olympics, when he was #4. I won 76 62. Unfortunately in the second round I had to retire playing Olivier Rochus. Another time I felt the real joy of tennis was first round against Ferrero in Australian Open seven years ago. Although I lost it, I had one of those flow moments. When you win seven games in a row without losing a point. Hitting everything full power with closed eyes. This is one of the best feelings I ever had.”

People Qualities Most Admired: “The thing which I admire is how people improve in their profession. And don’t change as a person. This is the thing which I admire and I like the most.”

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