Last Updated on March 20, 2019
Georgian tennis player Nikoloz Basilashvili spoke about the early period of his career.
“I was wild. Not professional in my approach to tennis. I knew that I wanted to play well, but I was not able to perform at a high level. I simply did not have a plan. For a long time – two or three years – I was in the 100th place and I needed someone I could trust. There were cases when my father and I spent the night in the car for several weeks. Sometimes, we slept in the car and for a month – then I played in the junior tour.
At other times, we slept in tents with my father, speaking at tournaments. It was interesting in its own way. I trained in bad conditions and could not even find a sponsor, so I received Russian citizenship.
When I was 21, I practically started playing tennis from scratch, because I was depressed. All these things really make you realize that bad times are not in vain. This made me stronger and gave me strength and desire to play tennis at a high level, “the Tour press service quotes Basilashvili.