1) Who would be a good choice as the new ATP president?
I really don't know the answer to this - I can't help thinking that someone like Ivan Ljubicic may not be a bad choice but it's still uncertain about how much business/commercial know-how the man has and that's an important part of it. But it needs to be someone who has player concerns much higher on the priority list.
2) Who will win the GS tournaments in 2009?
Murray, Nadal, Federer, Djokovic, in that order, though I find the Aussie Open really hard to call.
3) When did you start watching tennis?
My first memories of watching tennis was the 1985 Wimbledon final - Becker vs Curran. Not a bad introduction
4) Which match do you consider as best of all time?
I'd probably have to be terribly conventional and go for Borg v McEnroe 1980 but there's nothing like the thrill of a really good tennis match when the excitement is at fever pitch
5) What would you like to see improve on MTF?
I'd like there to be more discussion of the actual tennis in the tennis match results thread
Seems like most of the time the match is just an excuse for one fangroup to start sneering at another.
6) What’s your favourite match of your favourite player and who is the opponent you enjoy to see him play against the most?
I think my favourite Federer match is the 2005 Australian Open semi-final. I always like to see him play Safin, I think their matches are usually fun. In Murray's case it would be the US Open semi-final this year where he got his first win over Nadal and found some terrific shotmaking to do it. I think Murray's matches with Nadal are usually good value for money, except when on clay.
7) Who would be your favourite coach for your favourite player?
I don't know, really - I tend to be a bit wary of coaches and seeing them as the panacea to a player's problems - I prefer it to be about the players taking responsibility for their game and its strengths and weaknesses and hiring somebody who can assist in those areas rather than one coach who is a fix-all. I like players who are self-aware enough to identify their own needs, although this does not preclude getting advice when the coach spots something that the player doesn't.
8) What are you most proud of?
I guess I'm most proud that I've been with my partner for nearly 6 years and somehow managed to keep it going - I would never have thought of myself as the type to do that - I'm quite a loner.
9) Do you think there's a chance we get to see it within the next years that a homosexual tennisplayer finds the courage to admit it in public?
Depends if there are any, really. Would assume that there must be a couple. Ideally I'd like them to be able to come out. I think it would be a useful role model and a positive statement to society in general. But I could hardly blame people for not doing so - having done it myself, I know it's not an easy thing to do, and having to deal with public and private reaction and deal with the sort of casual homophobia that goes on in locker rooms....it's a high price to pay, would need someone exceptional who's willing to pay it.
10) Which vices do you have?
I enjoy my food a little too much
11) What are your best and worst characteristic traits?
I think I am quite level-headed and not easily offended. I'm told I can be a bit pompous and patronising at times though
I'm also slightly obsessive at times - when I'm interesting in something, it can become a bit all-consuming - as with tennis
12) What’s your philosophy of life?
I think to just try and be happy, care for others and be the best person I can be. You get such a short time on earth, we don't have a lot of choice in it and a lot of what happens is outside our control, so I believe in trying to make the best of it.
13) What's your best childhood memory?
I think probably playing computer games with my gran. She had a ZX Spectrum in the 80s, she was a bit of a computer game nut, which always amused us. We used to play different games and try to outdo each other. She was great and I miss her a lot.
14) Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I don't know...probably in much the same place I am now, just hopefully a bit better off financially so I can travel a bit more, maybe see more live tennis