In this weeks Q&A we have Artem Sitak, a Russian born doubles specialist who represents New Zealand. At age 14 he won the highly prestigious Orange bowl and turned pro at age 16. He achieved a career-high singles ranking of 299 in 2008 and then slowly switched his attention to doubles. His current doubles ranking is 54 and last week with his partner Wesley Koolhof were narrowly beaten in the final of the New York Open.
What age did you start playing tennis at?
Did any of your parents play tennis?
What was your highest ITF world ranking (under 18)?
What tennis academy did you train at as a junior?
Saddlebrook, Tampa Florida
Did you go to University?
Yes, 5 years at MGAFK (Moscow State Academy of Physical Culture) studying sports coaching and management and 2 years (incomplete) Université Joseph Fourier (Grenoble) STAPS.
What age did you decide to go pro?
What was your highest ATP ranking?
If you weren't a pro what do you think you would be doing?
Are you a Km/h or Mp/h person?
Whats your biggest weapon on-court?
Whats your fastest ever serve?
Do you like flying?
Your flying class?
Premium economy and business
What clothing company are you sponsored by?
What rackets do you use?
Tecnifibre T-Fight 315
Is the racket personalized for you? Do you know the weight?
Yes, 334 gr
What strings do you use?
Black code and HDX
What tension are your strings?
How many rackets do you carry in your bag for a match?
What grips do you use?
Are you a sweatband person?
Did you ever use a tournament towel as a gift!?
Yes (has anyone ever said no to this question? 🤣)
Do you have a pre-match song you like to play to get you in the zone?
Feel it still - Portugal the man
Montpellier doubles final
Who was your childhood tennis hero?
Do you prefer Running/Biking/Love Both or Hate Both?
What is your favorite tennis fitness drill or exercise?
Volleys at the wall
What do you do to relax while at tournaments?
Do you read books?
And what your all-time favorite book?
100 years of solitude
Whats your all-time favorite movie?
Huge thanks to Artem for taking the time to fill out our Q&A. Looking forward to seeing him get back to the top 50 in Doubs and take some titles this year.
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