Fernando Romboli, a former Junior Davis Cup player, broke into the ATP World Top 300 at the end of 2010.
The ITF Pro Circuit recently caught up with the Brazilian shortly after his 22nd birthday to find out more about the player.
ITF Pro Circuit : Can you tell us where were you born and maybe describe the area where you grew up?
Fernando Romboli : I was born in Rio de Janeiro but I grew up in Santos, a city by the sea in the state of Sao Paulo.
ITF Pro Circuit : Do any other members of your family play sport?
Fernando Romboli : Many family members play.
ITF Pro Circuit : So how did you get started in tennis?
Fernando Romboli : My uncle has an academy and I spent most part of my childhood playing many sports, including tennis which I started when I was 5. In 2004, I was invited to integrate a very important project in my country, Brazil, its name is INSTITUTO TALENTUS. Since that moment and on I have been receiving all the necessary support to travel, physical and technical training and also all other necessities to have chance for playing in high performance.
ITF Pro Circuit : What can you tell us about your current coach?
Fernando Romboli : Nowadays my coach is Pablo Albano, former 20th ATP player in doubles, very experienced and knows how to use his skills to improve my defficiencies. We have been working together for a couple of months and the results are showing that is working really well. He helps a lot, I have improved my game technically and mentally, I'm really confident for the next season. I also can not forget to mention my fitness coach who has significantly enhanced my results on hard courts
ITF Pro Circuit : Who were/are your tennis idols?
Fernando Romboli : Guga and Federer
ITF Pro Circuit : What is your greatest tennis memory either as a player or as a fan?
Fernando Romboli : As a fan I will never forget the day that Agassi retired from tennis, I was there at Arthur Ashe Stadium, NY, it was an amazing feeling. As a player I don’t think I have one greatest memory, each victory has its value, each title is special, even that one when you were 10, each match means something and tennis is about moments, and it's these moments that you've been through that will make it worth every single training day and will play a major role in your career.
ITF Pro Circuit : Away from the tennis court do you have any other interests?
Fernando Romboli : Since we don’t have that much free time, when I do, I try to spend it with my family and my girlfriend.
ITF Pro Circuit : If you had not become a tennis player what career path would you have liked to have followed?
Fernando Romboli : It’s hard to say, since I was a kid I’ve always seen myself as a tennis player, however, if I had to choose another career path it would be in the economy area.
ITF Pro Circuit : In your opinion, what would you say are the best and worst aspects of being a professional tennis player?
Fernando Romboli : The best aspect for sure is the taste of victory, to feel that all of your effort was compensated . Even when you are defeated, in tennis, we always have the next weeks tournament to try to win again. The worst aspect I believe is when I have to pack for another trip [laughs].
ITF Pro Circuit : What is the best experience that you had on the ITF Pro Circuit?
Fernando Romboli : Wining 2 titles in a row.
ITF Pro Circuit : How has playing on the ITF Pro Circuit helped you as a player?
Fernando Romboli : After playing Juniors, I think ITF Pro Circuit is the next step for a tennis player, therefore helping me to acquire the experience I need to improve my game.
ITF Pro Circuit : So you would recommend that top juniors go on to play the ITF Pro Circuit?
Fernando Romboli : Definitely, it is a step that everyone should experience, it will help them to become great players.
ITF Pro Circuit : If you could only have one Grand Slam title, which would you choose?
Fernando Romboli : Roland Garros.
ITF Pro Circuit : Do you have a favourite holiday destination?
Fernando Romboli : The Caribbean Islands.
ITF Pro Circuit : Fernando, thanks for your time and best wishes for the 2011 season.