Re: Tennis Austria
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Here is a article from Tennisweek.com. An interview of Julian Knowle by scoop. It is called a biofBiofile: The Julian Knowle Interview is long, but good.
Photo By Getty Images By Scoop Malinowski
Immersed in inspired net play throughout this U.S. Open, Julian Knowle took a delirious dive into the doubles alley after completing the greatest Grand Slam splash of his career today.
Knowle and Sweden's Simon Aspelin joined forces earlier this year and came together today in a shared embrace to celebrate the first major championship of their careers. The 10th-seeded team of Aspelin and Knowle defeated ninth-seeded Lukas Dlouhy and Pavel Vizner, 7-5, 6-4, to capture the U.S. Open doubles title.
"[It is] a dream come true. I think it takes a couple of days even to realize what we achieved the last two weeks," Knowle said. "The pressure was getting pretty big the last couple of days because we knew we were playing really well and we had a big chance to win the whole thing. To make it happen is just great."
It is the fourth tournament title of the year for veteran duo, who have won championships on three different surfaces: clay (Poertschach and Bastad), grass (Halle) and hard court.
Dlouhy and Vizner saved two championship points with penetrating returns. With Aspelin serving at deuce, Knowle made the most noise of the match screaming "no!" in alerting Aspelin to allow Vizner's return to fly by long and present a third championship point. When Dlouhy's shot landed wide of the sideline, Knowle raised his arms in triumph, fell flat on his back and pumped his fists with joy before arising to embrace Aspelin.
It was a win well worth the wait. The 33-year-old Knowle was a 2004 Wimbledon finalist with Nenad Zimonjic; Aspelin, also 33, had never advanced beyond the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament. They came together earlier this year following an injury that sidelined Knowle's regular doubles partner, fellow Austrian Jurgen Melzer, and will now share the champions' check of $400,000.
"I was happy that Simon served for it. It looked pretty good at 40-15 and then Pavel [Vizner] came up with very good return so it was very difficult, but I'm really happy that we could manage to win," said Knowle.
A lanky lefthander who hits with two hands off both sides, Knowle plays the deuce side while the right-handed Aspelin plays the ad side. They used their expansive reaches and high-percentage play to edge eighth seeds Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram, 7-5, 7-6(4), before beating the top-seeded Bryan brothers, 7-5, 6-4, in the quarterfinals. Squeezing out a 7-6(2), 1-6, 6-3 victory over Julien Benneteau, Knowle's one-time doubles partner, and Nicolas Mahut to advance to the final against the Czech pair, who had beat Aspelin and Knowle in the French Open fourth round earlier this year.
Knowle was particularly effective on serve, winning 21 of the 28 points played on his serve in today's final. The day before he stepped on court for the most monumental match of his career, Knowle sat down with Scoop Malinowski for this Biofile interview.
Height/Weight: 6-foot-2, 158 pounds.
Born On: April 29, 1974 in Louterach, Austria.
Hobbies/Interests: "Well I'm a big soccer fan (AC Milan) and I like to ski."
Tennis Inspiration: "Well, when I was a kid my idol was [Stefan] Edberg and I loved watching him. But now it's — well, I'm picking here and there but it's not — I don't have those idols any more. Too old for it [smiles]."
Favorite Movie: "That's a tough question. Can't tell."
Favorite TV Shows: "America's Next Top Model [laughs]."
Musical Tastes: "Pretty much everything but U2 is my favorite band."
First Car: "VW."
Current Car: "Alfa. Alfa Romeo [black]."
Favorite Meal: "Pizza."
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: "Chocolate. Is this about tennis also? [laughs]."
First Tennis Memory: "That's Tarp (France), under 14 junior tournament, where I played with like 6,000 people, TVs and everything. Played finals, I lost to an American guy Brian Dunn. But that was huge. In juniors."
Pre-Match Feeling: "I don't tell [smiles]."
Greatest Sports Moment: "I would say Wimbledon finals in doubles in 2004."
Most Painful Moment: "There are a lot. But there was for sure one here when we lost to [Fernando] Gonzalez and [Nicolas] Massu 7-6 in the third. The French Open again, quarterfinals, Gonzalez/Massu 7-6 in the third."
Favorite Tournament: "Wimbledon."
Closest Friends In Tennis: "There are some. I would say Austrian players — Jurgen Melzer, Alex Peya. From other countries — it's the guys I'm playing with — Simon [Aspelin], Mario Ancic. A few guys."
Toughest Competitor: "The Bryans."
Funny Memory: "Well it's not so funny, I was practicing at the French Open, when I was still playing singles. I don't know if you've ever been there, you go up to the practice court, you go up the stairs. And downstairs the people eat outside. And I was practicing and I was little bit pissed off. And I throw the racquet and the racquet went a little bit too far and it went down where the people were sitting. So I was really scared to go down to pick up my racquet. So luckily it didn't hit anybody. (You didn't go to get it?) I had to go. My coach send me there. And it was Salvador Navarro — he's coaching Garcia Lopez now — he was there at the table. He was telling me some not so nice words [smiles]."
Embarrassing Memory: "That was pretty embarrassing [smiles]. The most embarrassing was when I played a kind of invitation tournament. And I was a junior, like 17 or 18. And it was in my hometown and I played against Michael Stich, he was Wimbledon champion a year before. The year before I played against Emilio Sanchez, the match of my life. And I played really well. And I come back a year after and I couldn't put a ball in the court. I think I served about 35 double faults. And it was 0 and 1 and the people were whistling and I wanted to leave the court right after the first set [laughs]. Then the changeover he told me, 'Take it easy, don't be so tight.' On the shake hands he tells me, 'Do you want to play another set?' [I was feeling]: Let me go, LET ME GO OFF THE COURT [laughs]."
Favorite Players To Watch: "Today, well, Federer. And I like also Haas to watch. I think he's great, great to watch."
Last Book Read: "I'm still working on that. How do you say it in English — it's about shares — stock market."
Last Vacation: "When I was 12-years-old, to Italy of course. My favorite country."
People Qualities Most Admired: "The most important is that they are honest. That's for me the most. I don't mind if they like me. Honesty. And you miss that a little bit on the Tour."
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