Thirty and a half years ago, a racket as a Christmas gift was the start of a brilliant career for Feliciano Lopez. After some ups and downs in his career, this year, , alongside his partner and friend, Marcel Lopez, came the biggest highlight of his sports life, a Grand Slam. The Spanish team won the Roland Garros final against Mike and Bob Bryan.
This result makes him dream about repeating this title but now in singles.
“Nowadays it´s really difficult to win a Grand Slam due to the top 4 players that are always disputing the title: Roger, Rafa, Novak and Murray, but over the last three years I´ve been achieving things in my career, I´ve never achieved before. I would like to win Wimbledon, but I´m aware of my situation, it´s a goal I have, though,” said Feliciano.
The 34 year old player is located in the 19th place of the ATP world ranking, he also assured he has never sacrificed his personal life for his tennis life and he has always been grateful for having the priviledge to represent his country.
“As a 5 year old, when you recieve a racket you don´t really know how your life is going to turn up. I´ve been extremely lucky to dedícate myself to the things I love. Tennis hasn´t really taken things away from me, I´ve met extraordinary people, been to lovely places and traveled around the world. Tennis is my life and has given me the opportunity to represent my country.” said the Spaniard
Feliciano is part of a still active generation of players, above 30, battling up coming new talents, but still he doesn´t want to think much about the future. He likes to focus in his personal goals in each and every new season he starts.
“Passion for the sport and to do something you love so much since you were a little kid has been the key to stay active for so many years. Taking care of my body and being lucky with injuries also keeps me going.
I enjoy only the moment I´m living in, every year is a new challenge, so I don´t know if I´l be around in two or three years,” he explained.
Being the first seed means he will be having a first round bye and will be playing until Tuesday against the winner of today´s first round match, Reilly Opelka and Sergiy Stakhovsky.
“This is a new tournament, but I think the organization is doing a great job and knows what they´re doing, we have seen their work in Acapulco. I´m really happy to be here. It was the right choice. I hope to have an excellent week,” said Lopez.
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