Adil getting some pub from Damien Cox, probably the most I've ever seen written about him.
Shamasdin grew up playing on the courts at the Pickering Recreation Centre and scratched together student loans to attend Brown University, where he played tennis and was an All-American. Never on Tennis Canada’s radar, he scuffled around trying to play singles on the lower circuits, then blew out a shoulder in 2006 and was out for almost two years.
You know, it’s Canada. An MRI is free but I had to wait, like, three months,” he said.
He got healthy and was teaching a little tennis here, working on a few music videos there, and one day he glanced at the draws in some pro tournaments and saw a lot of the players he had grown up with.
So he started on the road back, first in singles, and then by the end of ’08 he began to focus on doubles, eventually getting in touch with his former Brown partner, Jamie Cerretani.
“I’m not a big guy, but I’m fit and I have good hands. I look at a guy like (Leander) Paes and all the success he’s had in doubles. He has no real weapons but great hands,” said the charismatic Shamasdin, who has no sponsors and uses his brother, Jamil, as his agent and very vocal advocate.
“I’m not sure a lot of the people at Tennis Canada even know I’m playing professionally. But I think I can do pretty well. Maybe top 50, top 30, who knows?”
He’s sleeping on an air mattress at a college buddy’s London apartment while he’s here, not quite the sumptuous digs the best in the sport get. Shamasdin has already scooped up four Wimbledon towels as souvenirs, and after years as the consummate outsider, suddenly feels like he’s gained a tiny foothold on the inside.