The rosy future of the "Grigio"
Interview published in "Il Giorno" of 31.3.2010
Made me cry Great Britain tennis players, which threatens a dramatic relegation to Serie D, and Lithuania became a national hero. Laurynas Grigelis, 18, has been the great protagonist of the first round of Davis Cup, in Vilnius, winning the deciding singles against Daniel Evans. Italy is his second home since he lives in Bergamo for five years, and currently trains at the Tennis Club with the support of Brusaporto "Future Talent". While cheating on an Eastern accent, he speaks our language well, and his eloquence is dissolved when I think back to the turn of the field with the flag of Lithuania on the shoulders. The "Grigio" as it is nicknamed, has a bright future ahead of him.
Laurynas, your victory has caused a dramatic sports across the Channel. You realize that?
"For sure I won a beautiful game and Lithuania in its history had never risen so high, honestly, I do not know what happened in England."
When is the match that he always carried in your heart?
"The last point. I scored a backhand winner lungolinea he did jump up all 2500 spectators. E 'finished 6-4 in the fifth and was the first time I played the best of five set. Indeed it was the second, whereas in the first day I had lost three sets to zero by Ward."
The British captain John Lloyd (who after the debacle has left office) at the end of match was generous with compliments, saying that you have played fantastically well, with potentially six from the top twenty in the world.
"Maybe he said that for the first twenty are the reverse, which was the weapon that allowed me to win, but in any case has a little 'too far. However I pose no limits, I will try to reach that goal. "
How do you describe the technical point of view?
"My shots are the best service and the two-handed backhand, I prefer fast surfaces. But I must still improve a lot. "
Tell us how you arrived in Italy?
"I came for the first time in 12 years Cividino with my trainer and stay for a month and a half. I liked it 13 years and I moved here permanently with my parents. Before he was with me only my mother Aukse, then we reached my father Stanislovas. From Italy I like everything: the climate, friendly people and of course the food is the finest in the world. In Lithuania I return rarely, usually two or three times a year during the holidays. "
You also have Italian citizenship?
"For now, no. I would take it, but the Lithuanian law does not allow dual citizenship. If I became an Italian citizen, I would lose the Lithuanian citizenship, why should I think about it. "
Hopefully, playing in the Davis Cup with the Azzurri shirt?
"I am very attached to Lithuania. Maybe in the future, never say never. "
As a child you have other sports besides tennis?
"Not as a competitor. Still fun to play football and basketball. Lithuania has a great tradition in basketball: I am tall 1.83, I could only do the playmaker! A Lithuanian former basketball player, Marciulionis, is a big fan of tennis and was in the gallery in Vilnius to cheer for us. "
And spectator follow other sports?
"I am passionate about football and cheering for Inter. I went twice to San Siro: Last September I saw Inter-Napoli 3-1 and a few years ago Inter-Milan 3-2; not harbor bad, right? Adoro Milito and my dream is to see the Nerazzurri in the Champions League final: between those years do not know .... "
Can you find the time to study?
"Last year I was too busy with tennis and I took a break. Now I started: I am the final year of high school: a study via the Internet and will return to my country to take the exams. "
Are you engaged?
"No, indeed I would also appeal ... I must say that the victory in Davis Cup has earned me numerous female sympathies in Lithuania: sin to be returned immediately to Italy."
But if you walk the streets of Vilnius, the Lithuanian capital, you recognize? Do you want autographs?
"Now, yes, that magical weekend my popularity and that of my companions is significantly increased."
The next round of Davis will face Ireland: Are you optimistic?
"Yes, we have a good chance to go up another step. We have a young team and we do not limit ourselves. I am No. 518 of the world while Berankis, who is a year older than me, is the 195 ".
What goal have been set for this season?
"I want to rise to at least No. 350, to attend the qualifier of the Australian Open in 2011. And if that earlier, I might try to enter in the main draw at the U.S. Open this year, but will be tough. "
There is a tennis player who inspires you to?
"I have an idol in particular. I really like Del Potro and Cilic, still young but already world class, they got very high. "
What is the tournament that one day dreams of winning?
"One of the four Grand Slam. I really have to choose one? Then Wimbledon.