Jan-Lennard Struff has had a great start to the year with big wins over Bernard Tomic, Denis Istomin, Tommy Haas, Grigor Dimitrov, Gilles Simon and Jeremy Chardy. He has wins in the past against Stan Wawrinka and in early May be came very close to beating Rome Masters Champion Alexander Zverev in the Munich Open. He went down in a tight 3rd set tie break.
Jan has disabled his Instagram a/c and we can no longer see photos from his account.
On tour since 2009 (aged 19) he has played in 17 ATP Challenger singles finals, winning 5 as well as playing 5 Davis Cup matches for Germany. He is now established himself as a top 50 player and will be a dangerous opponent to face especially on the European Clay.
What age did you start playing tennis at?
Did any of your parents play tennis?
What was your highest ITF world ranking (under 18)?
450 (Goes to show you that a high Junior ranking is not necessary to become a top player)
What tennis academy did you train at as a junior?
None. Private (training)
Did you go to University?
If you weren't a pro what do you think you would be doing?
Soccer, still in sports
What age did you decide to go pro?
What was your highest ATP ranking?
Km/h or Mp/h?
Whats your biggest weapon on court?
Whats your fastest serve?
Do you like flying?
Your flying class?
Business. Need take care of my body, because first is f***ing expensive!
What clothing company are you sponsored by?
What rackets do you use?
Babolat pure drive tour
Is the racket personalised for you? Do you know the weight?
Yes, 300 grams (Rather light for a pro male player)
What strings do you use?
Babolat RPM Blast
What tension are your strings?
How many rackets do you carry in your bag for a match?
Whats grips do you use?
Are you a sweatband person?
Did you ever use a tournament towel as a gift!?
Do you have a prematch song you like to play to get you in the zone?
Sometimes. Actually it was Thunderstruck some weeks ago!
Who was your childhood tennis hero?
Sampras, Agassi, Hewitt
Do you prefer Running/Biking/Love Both or Hate Both?
Huge thanks to Jan for taking the time to complete this Q&A.