Grosjean Talks Federer And Champions Tour Memories
by ATP Staff|
Speaking after his experience competing in the Delray Beach Open and serving as tournament director of the ATP World Tour event in Montpellier, Sebastien Grosjean talked about his favorite memories of competing in Delray Beach and Roger Federer’s 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open.
You’ve played in Delray Beach on both the ATP World Tour and ATP Champions Tour. What are some of your favorite memories from being here?
I moved to Boca Raton in 1999 and know the area quite well. I was even playing this event when it was on clay and made the semi-finals my first year, and then also played the Champions Tour event last year. It’s well organised and my family and friends can come out to watch, so it’s like playing at home.
Does the team format of the Delray Beach Open make it any different to a traditional Champions Tour event?
You want to win the extra points for your team and it’s also a little more exciting for the fans. It’s a great challenge, but also fun matches.
Who are some of the #NextGenATP players and rising stars that you’re most impressed by?
We actually had a lot of really good young players in Montpellier: Alexander Zverev, Borna Coric, Karen Khachanov and Daniil Medvedev. Obviously Nick Kyrgios is an amazing player as well. They have all different personalities and I think it’s good for the game to see new faces with a lot of potential.
Are you surprised that Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have come back and immediately produced a level of tennis capable of winning Grand Slams?
What they did in Australia was amazing to watch. I was so happy to see both of them playing so well again. It was tough for Roger to have the long break after Wimbledon, but he came back out playing like he was 20 years old. You can’t believe he’s been on tour for 18 years. And then it’s also great to see Rafa back healthy and playing well. The more they play, the better it is for the tour.