During his pre season training with me I caught up with Aleks and asked him a few questions about his career and experiences as a pro player. Here’s what he had to say:
I was part of Aleks’ coaching team from the age of 11 until 17, regularly seeing him 2-3 sessions per week.
Aleks had natural ability, but was also a student of the game, as he would regularly attend sports psych and tactics seminars. Aleks does have a high level of intelligence, but he wanted to explore the boundaries, asking questions about tactics and wanting to know the subtleties of the sport.
Aleks’ parents and older brother were great role models and supporters of his desire to become a professional tennis player.
One of my fondest on-court memories was when he outplayed me in a forehand to forehand drill when he was only 14 years old. As a reference, I was 205 in the world and only retired a few years earlier and my forehand was my biggest strength, but his forehand is massive.
Once Aleks graduated from high school, he started the next stage of his educational and tennis life by attending the University of Illinois. A massive shout-out to the coaching staff at the University of Illinois for nurturing Aleks during these pivotal years.
I had the privilege to be Aleks’ onsite private coach during the 2023 Australian Open, where he won 3 rounds in qualifying and lost a tight 5-set match in the 1st round of the main draw.
I am proud to have been part of his development during his junior career and to provide occasional support during his professional days. Everyone at STARS Tennis wishes Aleks all the best in his professional tennis career.
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