Today he is a very successful tennis player and has just had his best season of his career, but that’s how he looked as a child. Do you recognize it?
Usually when they are small it is difficult to imagine the path they will take. And the same goes for the greatest sports champions as well. Furthermore, each one has its own maturation times, both before and once their career has begun.
In short, not all players share the same path, which can be influenced by various factors. Then, there is also the case of those who approach sport by starting to practice different sports, and then focusing exclusively on a single discipline.
This is the case, for example, of Matteo Berrettini and Jannik Sinner, with the Roman who had started with judo, while the South Tyrolean also dabbled in skiing and football. Both then embarked on the career that we all know and their path is in some ways similar to that of another tennis player who also played basketball as a child.
Who is the tennis player in the photo
The decision that changed everything for him came when he was 14, when he decided to focus all his efforts exclusively on the tennis. It can be said that, as well as for his Azzurri colleagues, the choice of him proved to be spot on, since, thanks to a talent that has always been crystalline, he is leading a good career. What he lacked, despite him, was constancy, as well as that mental strength that unites most of the great champions such as, for example, Federer, Nadal and Djokovic in tennis.
He admitted it himself. For him there have been problems with depression and alcohol abuse. Fortunately, he now seems to have found the necessary balance to perform at a high level with regularity. The turning point came just this season.
In fact, to date, he has won 7 singles titles (1 in 2022 a Washington) and 4 in doubles, of which three only this year. Moreover, this season he has also reached the first final of a Grand Slam tournament in carriera, a Wimbledon, where he lost to former world No. 1 Novak Djokovic. At this point you should have understood who the player we are talking about is, even if it is difficult to recognize him from the photo as a child. Well yes, it is about Nick Kyrgioswho in any case, despite the choice made at 14, remains a great basketball fan.