In this weeks Q&A we have doubles specialist Marcus Daniell from New Zealand. I was lucky to meet Marcus at Wimbledon this year and have a chat with him about life on the tour. He's a super nice guy. He turned pro in 2008 and over the last few years has concentrated on playing doubles. He's currently ranked 56 on the doubles tour but earlier this year he was inside the top 50 and I can see him get back there over the next few weeks and push even higher.
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?
Didn't train at one.
Did you go to University?
Just completed a degree by correspondence through Massey University in NZ
What age did you decide to go pro?
What was your highest ATP ranking?
42 Doubles and 500 Singles
If you weren't a pro what do you think you would be doing?
Marcus having some fun with his friends. (Thats him laughing at his mate!!)
Are you a Km/h or Mp/h person?
Whats your biggest weapon on court?
Whats your faster ever serve?
Around 220 km/h
Do you like flying?
Your flying class?
Economy - I haven't won a grand slam yet!
What clothing company are you sponsored by?
What rackets do you use?
Tecnifibre T-fight 315
Is the racket personalised for you? Do you know the weight?
Yes, 335g unstrung
What strings do you use?
Tecnifibre Black Code in mains and Tecnifibre HDX in crosses
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!?
Most definitely, especially the slam towels
Do you have a prematch song you like to play to get you in the zone?
Anything relaxing - the adrenaline is already there for me
Who was your childhood tennis hero?
Do you prefer Running/Biking/Love Both or Hate Both?
Running if it's in the mountains
What do you do to relax while at tournaments?
Reading, playing guitar and singing
Check out Marcus on the guitar singing Hotel California by The Eagles, impressive!!
Do you read books?
What is your all time favourite book?
Either A Little Life or Atlas Shrugged
And what book are you reading now?
The man who sold the moon and The brain that changes itself
Whats your all-time favourite movie?
Tough, maybe Pulp Fiction
What is your favourite quote?
"You are the sum of the five people you surround yourself with"
Huge thanks to Marcus for filling out this Q&A and taking the time to meet me at Wimbledon. We wish you the best of luck with the rest of the season!!
Go give Marcus a follow on his Instagram a/c at instagram.com/marcusdaniellnz/
And we'll end it with some messing!!
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