05 Apr 2012

ITF Pro Circuit meets... Stefan Seifert


Player Interview

By  Nick Fishpool

Stefan Seifert with Jeff Coetzee at Canada F1 2012

Shortly after turning 27 at the end of February, Seifert had more celebrating to do following back-to-back Canadian title wins in the first half of March. We were able to briefly catch up with the german player.

 

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

Stefan Seifert : I was born in Hanover in the middle of Germany and I still live there.

 

ITF Pro Circuit: What can you tell us about your current coach?

Stefan Seifert: When I am in Germany I practice in Offenbach at the Schüttler-Waske Tennis University.

 

ITF Pro Circuit: Who were/are your tennis idols?

Stefan Seifert: I grew up in the 90s when tennis was very popular in Germany because of Boris Becker, Michael Stich and Steffi Graf. Certainly Boris Becker is one of my idols, I spent so many hours in front of the TV watching his matches.

 

ITF Pro Circuit: What is your greatest tennis memory either as a player or as a fan?

Stefan Seifert: When the Tennis Masters was in Hanover from 1996 to 1999 I was a ballkid there. The five-set-final between Becker and Sampras is probably my greatest tennis memory.

 

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

Stefan Seifert: Hmm, my father is a mathematician. I'm also interested in natural sciences. I think I would have studied something in that way.

 

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

Stefan Seifert: A positive aspect is that you see a lot of beautiful places and meet a lot of nice people all over the world, but the negative aspect is that you spend very few weeks at home.

 

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

Stefan Seifert: I really like the Gerry Weber Open in Halle/Westfalen. But I was not so lucky there, three times I was first out of the qualification.

 

ITF Pro Circuit: Speaking of other players (past & present), whose attributes would you take to create your own female super player?

 

Serving

Pete Sampras

Return of serve

Andre Agassi

Forehand

Roger Federer

Backhand

Novak Djokovic

Volley

Patrick Rafter

Speed on court

Lleyton Hewitt

Concentration

Rafael Nadal

Fighting spirit

Rafael Nadal

Entertainment

Henri Leconte

 



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