Nick Adesalu talks about his training, aspirations and why he's a huge tennis fan...
KX are very pleased to be supporting Nick Adesalu with his training program and career development. Nick is an incredible new talent in the tennis world; at just 15 he’s progressed through a number of tournaments from a 5.1 LTA rating to a 4.2 and he’s hoping to reach a 3.2 later this year. Nick is currently training at Sutton Junior Tennis Centre and will be returning to TenisVal in Valencia later this year. Here he talks about his training, aspirations and why he’s such a huge tennis fan…
How did you get started playing tennis and when did you realise it was a career you wanted to pursue?
My Dad and Auntie played tennis for fun and brought me along one day. I was very young when I first tried to join in and I would hit the ball at the side of the court while they played! I started playing tennis for fun, I entered a few tournaments, but had never thought about playing as a career. Then my Dad took me to the Wimbledon final in 2007. I witnessed the greatest final ever (Nadal vs. Federer) and the passion, crowd and glory of that day cemented my dream of wanting to be a great tennis player.
What does a typical day look like for you at the academy?
I wake up at 5:30am or 6:00am as I have fitness 7:00am to 8:00am. To get to the academy I take a train and one bus. After fitness a mini bus picks me up at 8:15am for school which starts at 8:30am. Some days I finish school an hour early to play tennis at 2:00pm to 3:30pm and then again at 4:00pm to 5:30pm. I’m then back at fitness from 5:30pm to 6:30pm before I finally go home and do it all again the next day – it’s a busy schedule!
Which sportsmen and women inspire you?
One person who has really inspired me (and who shares the same birthday with me!) is Roger Federer. For me, Federer is one of world’s greatest tennis player of all time. His magnificent game and the records he’s broken really inspire me. I like to think that I could do that one day. Also, I’m really inspired by the character ‘Rocky’ in the Rocky films. He shows will-power and determination. He goes from amateur to the top heavy weight champion and I think it is amazing. I also like the theme tune – it motivates me.
What did you think of Wimbledon this year?
I thought it was a very good tournament. In the men’s draw they had a lot of younger players like Nick Kyrgios giving the top guys a hard time. In the women’s draw all the top seeds went out so it gave the consistent women like Eugenie Bouchard, who normally lose in the quarter finals and semi-finals, a chance for the title. This year I was lucky enough to be taken by the academy to Wimbledon to watch the fourth round. The atmosphere was brilliant. I saw Court No.1 and Centre Court which was amazing and I was very glad I had the opportunity to go.
What are your career goals?
To play in ITF tournaments as soon as possible so I can get a world ranking and participate in global tournaments. This will help me to play in satellites (tournaments) which will put me on the road of becoming a professional tennis player.
What advice would you give for other young people looking to forge a career in tennis?
Work hard, don’t give up. Good things come to those who wait, great things come to those who get up and fight for it. Play because you love the sport not just because you love the reward.
We will keep you updated on Nicks progress over the coming months.