23 May 2017

ITF Pro Circuit meets... Karim-Mohamed Maamoun

Text Interview

By Nick Fishpool

Photo: Karim-Mohamed MaamounKarim-Mohamed Maamoun (EGY)

A winner of five singles titles on the ITF Pro Circuit in the opening quarter of 2017, we caught up with the 26-year-old Egyptian Davis Cup player to learn more about him.



ITF Pro Circuit: Can you tell us where were you born and maybe describe the area where you grew up?

Karim-Mohamed Maamoun: I was born in Giza, Egypt. In my neighbourhood near my house there are couple of sports clubs.


Do any other members of your family play sport?

Yes, my brother Khaled used to play tennis but not professionally.


So how did you get started in tennis?

I used to do gymnastics when I was very young and then my parents and brother decided to let me start playing tennis when I was 7-years-old. I started in a sports tennis club near my house.


What can you tell us about your current coach?

For two years now I have been practicing in Schüttler Waske Tennis-University in Frankfurt with my coach Bastian Suwanprateep and we have a great connection and relationship.


Who were/are your tennis idols?

Rafael Nadal


What is your greatest tennis memory either as a player or as a fan?

As a player when I won my first ITF Pro Circuit tournament in Sharm El Sheikh, and as a fan it's definitely when I played the Australian Open in juniors and saw Nadal and took a picture with him.


In your opinion, what would you say are the best and worst aspects of being a professional tennis player? 

The best aspect of being a professional player is getting to travel the world and explore new cultures and meet new people around the world, while the worst aspect is being away from your family and friends for long periods of time.


So far in your career, what has been the nicest ITF Pro Circuit venue that you played at?

ITF 25,000+H in Breda, Netherlands. The facilities and the organisation there are great.


What is the best experience that you have had on the ITF Pro Circuit?

Playing against Younes El Aynaoui [the four time Grand Slam singles quarterfinalist and world number 14] in doubles in an ITF Pro Circuit tournament in Sharm El Sheikh.


How has playing on the ITF Pro Circuit helped you as a player?

It helped me compete on a high level with good players, which allowed me to gain a lot of experience and take my game to a higher level.


Would you recommend that juniors go on to play the ITF Pro Circuit?

Of course I would recommend juniors to start playing in the Pro Circuit because it's different than the Juniors Circuit and will help them gain experience and improve their game.


What aspect of another player’s game do you most envy?

Federer's amazing slice :)


Speaking of other male players (past & present), name the various players whose attributes would you combine to create your own male super player?

Serve: Pete Sampras
Return of Serve : Andre Agassi
Forehand: Fernando Gonzalez
Backhand: David Nalbandian
Volley: Boris Becker
Positioning: Novak Djokovic
Speed on court: Andy Murray
Concentration: Roger Federer
Fighting spirit: Rafael Nadal
Entertainment: Gael Monfils


If you could only have one Grand Slam title, which would you choose?

Australian Open


What has been the best piece of advice you have been given?

Believe in yourself and keep fighting (Never Give Up)


Away from the tennis court do you have any other interests?

Soccer, watching movies and TV series' and hanging out with my friends.


Do you have a favourite holiday destination?

Spain, Santorini and Monte Carlo


If you had not become a tennis player what career path would you have liked to have followed?

Soccer player (Defender)


Have you set yourself any goals for 2017?

To make it to the US Open this year and crack the Top 200 for the first time.