Interview of Grégoire Burquier, n°167 ATP

Grégoire Burquier – N°167 ATP Player

Grégoire Burquier was born in Annecy, France in 1984. He started playing tennis at the age of 6 at the Annecy-le-Vieux Tennis ClubEven though he was getting good regional results on Junior tour, Grégoire only decided to turn pro at the end of its studies, at the age of 23.

“I never really wanted to do that, I didn’t think I had the level required. A few people told me to try the adventure, at least a year to see what could come out of it. So I did and it worked, I got good results right away, then I just kept on going.”

  • Describe your training methods?

“As all tennis players, there is a fitness period between November and December where we work on our physical condition. It’s tiring and not really fun, but we have to go through it. I usually do 4 to 5h of tennis per day, plus 2h of fitness between bodybuilding and training on-court, mainly speed and endurance. I rest around 1 day and a half per week.

  • Where did you travel?

All the continents through ATP Tour, except Asia. We don’t always have time to stay and visit because we need to go on another tournament, or simply come back home and train. So we don’t get to see the most beautiful parts of the country, but we still see many things.”

  • What do you think of tennis in France?

“I think it is very accessible in France. Clubs in general are managed by the government, not like abroad where they are mainly private. So membership is much cheaper in France, while it is reserved to a rich elite in other countries. So infrastructures tend to be cheaper as well. For example in my club they just built an indoor facility. The township built it and they looked to decrease the price, so there aren’t any heater, while abroad all indoor courts have it.”

  • Your most happy tennis moment?

“There is a few, I would say 3. When I started at the very beginning, I just played a 2 or 3 Futurs and received an invitation for a Challenger. At that time I was 1200 ATP or so. I beat a guy ranked 200, then another ranked 120 and lost in quarter final against Lappenti in 3 sets, ranked 80 at that time. And it was only 2 months after I started.”

The 2nd was my 1st Grand Slam, the Australian Open in 2011. I was close to stop tennis in August 2010, but I got very good results between September and December that got me to the 230 ATP place. I almost quite because I was above the rank 300, I saint-brieuc_2012_0wasn’t earning a good way of living and didn’t play well. I was doing lame tournaments abroad, there was nothing, no money, no organisation, it was really exhausting. I was 26, so I thought it was time to move on. Then I don’t know what happened, I got excellent results and was able to access a higher category of tournament.”
” The last is the Challenger I won 7/6 in the decisive set at Saint-Brieuc, I also beat my first Top 100 player at that tournament, who was a Spanish, on clay, so that was amazing.”

 

 

 

  • Qualities of a good tennis player?

You really have to learn to lose. Because you lose every ever week. Except if you win the tournament, but that doesn’t happen often. If every time you lose a match, you question yourself, then you can’t make it. This is the first quality. Then you have to be persevering, because there are times when it gets much harder than others, you have to hang on all the time. If you don’t have this state of mind, then you’ll miss on an opportunity when you can actually play very good tennis.”

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  • Futur projects?

“Well I am 29 so it might be my last year. We’ll at the end of the US Open in August. It is clear i want to stay in the tennis world, this is my passion and I really want to pass on what I lived. After I don’t really know yet how, but training Juniors for sure.”

  • Tennis in 1 word?

Passion. I play since I am a little boy, there are times when I am tired of it but I never told myself that I could live without it.”

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