Me, tennis and travels – An interview to Dalma Gálfi

Dear followers this week we have the possibility to make you know a young talented girl of ’98 generation and former Nr.1 of junior tennis rankings. We are talking about hungarian player Dalma Gálfi who has universally considered one of the possible rising stars of our favourite sport.


Dalma was born in Veszprem (Hungary) on 08/13/1998 and began to play tennis at 5. In 2014, when she was still a junior, she obtained her first good results in Itf Pro circuit by winning two 10k tournaments in Heraklion; in 2015 she already debuted in Fed Cup and won other three Itf tournaments including a 25k in Cairns, Australia. She closed the year at 313rd position of Wta ranking. In the same year she ended her brilliant junior career which culminated with Us Open victory. Infact from 2016, at just 17 years old, she dedicated completely at pro tournaments and we didn’t have to wait very long to see her perfomance improve more and more; two triumphs in 25k tournaments and a final in the prestigious Tokyo 100k at the end of the year. Her new best ranking will be fixed probabily on next Monday when she should reach the 150 position of the ranking.

But now the interview…


Hi Dalma, how many years are you wandering the world to play tennis tournaments despite your very young age?

I started playing tournaments abroad when I was 11 years old. My first tournaments were mostly in close countries to Hungary.

Usually are you able to enjoy and visit the attractions of places where you play tournaments ? 

It always depends on how i do on each tournament. If i lose quite early, i go and look around in the city where i am. If i play well, and do well at the tournaments, then i don’t have time for anything unfortunately.

What is the most beautiful place did you discover playing tennis until now? 

My favourite country is definitely Australia. I love the atmosphere of the cities,especially Brisbane and Melbourne. There are lots of great coffeshops where you can have a nice coffee or a brunch with your friends. The beaches of the Gold Coast are just spectacular. And my best experience was to hold a koala in my hands.

Is there some city or place that you would suggest us absolutely to visit of your country?

Without any doubt I would suggest to spend some days in Budapest.

To travel is very expensive for a tennis player too. Do you use any particular trick to save money in booking flights and hotels?

I can’t really use any tricks because your schedule can change anytime, so you can’t really book a ticket in advance.

What are your next tournaments planned and your professional goals for 2017?

I am going to stay in Hungary for the WTA tournament in Budapest which i hope it will be very nice, so i would suggest everybody to come and look around in the beautiful, and to enjoy some good tennis.

I think it will be a great tournament in a wonderful town. Thanks for your kindness Dalma.

Thanks to you Gianluca.

The 1st edition of Hungarian Ladies Open will be held from 02/20 to 02/26 in Budapest. Why to not visit this wonderful town and contemporary to not see our Dalma to face some of the best players of the world like Simona Halep and Johanna Konta? We will dedicate in the next week an article to this tournament but in the meantime if you want to know something more about the magnificent Budapest….



USEFUL LINKS:

Budapest Tourism Official Site

Lonely Planet about Budapest

Budapest by Locals

3038 Budapest Accomodations
See you soon guys!!!

Me, tennis and travels – An interview to Diana Marcinkevica

This week we have the possibility to make you know latvian player Diana Marcinkevica, who, despite her still young age, is traveling around the world from many years to play tennis and that can help us to understand much more about “tennis players life-style“.


Diana was born in Riga on 08/03/1992, began to play tennis at 7 years and gained her first ranking point in 2008 at Volos (Greece) when she was just 16. She won her first pro tennis tournament during 2009 in Tallin and from that moment she improved constantly her Wta ranking until 196th position in August 2014 which is her curgent best ranking. Years 2013/2014 are her best seasons with two remarkable triumphs in 25k ITF tournaments and with the access to the main draw of Stuttgart Wta Premier event. She plays in Federation Cup for Latvia from 2010 and today with Elena Ostapenko is a very difficult team to beat for any other nation.

But now the interview…

Hi Diana, how many years are you wandering the world to play tennis tournaments ? 

I started to discover a world around 15 years ago. For me it’s very interesting to see a new places. 

Usually are you able to enjoy and visit the attractions of places where you play tournaments ? 

Of course I don’t always have time to visit the attractions when I’m playing in tournaments. But if it’s something very famous, I will try my best to see it.

What is the most beautiful place did you discover playing tennis? 

I’ve visited many wonderful places, my favourite would be Lenzerheide in Switzerland. The nature is just amazing there with the mountains and the lakes. The views are truly beautiful.

Is there some city or place that you would suggest us absolutely to visit of your country?

In my country is nice to visit the capital Riga. In the city center and especially the old town you can find some amazing monuments. It’s perfect for sight-seeing. There are many houses in the Art Nouveau style.

To travel is very expensive for a tennis player too. Do you use any particular trick to save money in booking flights and hotels?

I don’t have any tricks to save money. Other than travelling a lot by car and keeping an eye on my budget by limiting my expenses.

What are your next tournaments planned and your professional goals for 2017?

I’m planning to start the season at the end of January with a couple of tournaments in France and then I will go to play Fed Cup in Tallinn. My first goal for 2017 is to break back into the Top200.

Wow Diana! Good luck for next tournaments and thank you for your kindness.

Thanks to you Gianluca.

Diana told us how many beautiful places she discovered  thanks to tennis. Her favourite place is not the usual Paris, or London or New York or Rome but a little village, surrounded by mountains, in the canton of Graübunden in Switzerland: Lenzerheide.



USEFUL LINKS TO DISCOVER LENZERHEIDE:

Visit Lenzerheide Official Site

General Info on WikiTravel

Lonely Planet on Lenzerheide-Valbella

All Accomodations in Lenzerheide

See you soon guys!!!

 

Me, tennis and travels – An interview to Yannick Maden

Here again for a new interview to understand what tennis players think  about a so particular style of life and, especially, about their continued moving around the world to play tennis tournaments looking for Atp points. This week we addressed our questions to the German tennis player Yannick Maden.

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Yannick was born in Stuttgart on 10/28/1989 and, after getting his first atp point in summer 2007 , decided to dedicate full time to studies in USA. So his professional tennis career truly began only in 2013 and immediately with some good results which take him, at the end of 2014, to 442nd position in Atp ranking. In 2016 he obtained his best results winning 3 ITF single titles and reaching his best ranking at 314th position. But now the interview…

Yannick, how many years are you wandering the world to play tennis tournaments ? 

I finished my college career in the United States in May 2013. I started playing on the tour in June 2013 then. I took half a year off last year due to physical issues but other than that I travelled to different tournaments across the world.

Are you able to enjoy and visit the places where you play tournaments ? 

I’m not a big fan of sight seeing but I do get to enjoy the different places. The food and people are different. Its small differences that you get to experience.

What is the most beautiful place did you discover playing tennis? 

I really enjoyed the trip to Sunrise, Florida. The place was beautiful, many things to do, great restaurants and weather. It’s close to Miami where we got to go as well back then which was very cool.

You are from Germany, in the heart of Old Europe. Is there some city or place that you would suggest us absolutely to visit? 

I’m from Stuttgart, Germany, and I love my city. So I can only recommend it.

In your career you played in last months in many different countries. Is there one of these countries where you would like to live?

I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else than where I’m from due to my friends and family, but I did really enjoy my time in the United States. I studied in Clemson, SC, and it was like home to me.

What are your next tournaments planned and your professional goals for future?

I will be playing two tournaments in sardegna, Italy, and after that I will go indoors. I haven’t decided yet where I will end up going to. I’m working towards being able to play in the grand slams which is my short-term goal.

Many thanks for this interview and good luck for your next tournaments.

Thanks to you.

 

Yannick told that his born town is a special place so if you want to know more about Stuttgart take a look at these useful links:

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TOURISM STUTTGART OFFICIAL

STUTTGART ON LONELY PLANET

STUTTGART BEST HOTEL SELECTION

 

See you soon guys!!!