Q&A #15 with Top 50 player Aljaz Bedene

Aljaz Bedene

Aljaz Bedene

Q&A's are back and we are delighted to have Roger Federer's 1st round opponent at this year Aussie Open, Aljaz Bedene in our 15th Q&A. 

Aljaz comes from Slovenia and has represented Slovenia in Davis Cup. He actually became a UK citizen in 2015 but the ITF would not let him represent Great Britain in Davis Cup. As a young kid and into his teens Aljaz would complete for major honours in Slovak tournaments against his brother Andraz, who is former ATP Tour player. 

 

What age did you start playing tennis at?
7.

Did any of your parents play tennis?
No.

What was your highest ITF world ranking (under 18)?
31.

What tennis academy did you train at as a junior?
An academy in Vienna.

Did you go to University?
No.

What age did you decide to go pro?
19.

What was your highest ATP ranking?
45 singles / 127 Doubles

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If you weren't a pro what do you think you would be doing?
Football player.

Are you a Km/h or Mp/h person?
Km/h

Whats your biggest weapon on court?
Serve.

The Aljaz Bedene Serve

Whats your fastest ever serve?
217 Km/h (135 mph)

Do you like flying?
Yes.

Your flying class?
Business whenever I can afford it.

What clothing company are you sponsored by?
Lotto.

What rackets do you use?
Tecnifibre T-Fight 305.

Tecnifibre fight 305

Is the racket personalised for you? Do you know the weight?
Yes 320 grams.

What strings do you use?
Tecnifibre black code.

What tension are your strings?
24/23

How many rackets do you carry in your bag for a match?
6

What grips do you use? 
Tecnifibre.

Are you a sweatband person?
Yes.

Did you ever use a tournament towel as a gift!?
No.

Do you have a pre-match song you like to play to get you in the zone?
No.

Whats the one match that you played that you remember the best? 
V Ivo Karlovic Wimbledon 2017

Aljaz Bedene V Ivo Karlovic Wimbledon 2017
Which city has the best on court fans for atmosphere? 
Roma.

Who was your childhood tennis hero?
Fernando Gonzalez.

Do you prefer Running/Biking/Love Both or Hate Both?
Hate both!!

What is your favourite tennis fitness drill or exercise?
Everything that includes high intensity.

What do you do to relax while at tournaments?
Watch TV series.

Do you read books?
No.

Whats your all-time favourite movie?
300

Thanks to Aljaz for taking the time to answer our Q&A. Best of luck against the GOAT in Australia and we wish you a great 2018 :) 

And Finally congrats to Aljaz on his recent marriage to Kimalie :)

Aljaz marriage to Kimalie

To follow Aljaz on Instagram tap here

 

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