Translation of the interview when he was 12, very nice to see how he was at his 12, and that he keeps going for the same way
and a little bit of his history too
Interview with JMDP, the 10 April 2001
He is 12 years old, he was born in Tandil (Bs.Aires state), on 23 Septembre 1988. His parents are Daniel and Patricia. He lives in Tandil and he is the actual Nº 1 in the Menores National Ranking (i think this is the previous category before Juniors but i could be wrong).
Juan Martín del Potro started to play at 6 in the Club Independiente of Tandil with proffessor Marcelo Gomez who continues training right now.
JM played his first National at 7 in Bragado, State of Bs.As. The most important match was his win over Luis García de Quevedo (the winner for the previous 3 stages) in 3 sets, saving a match point. In that tourny of the COSAT, played in Villa María Córdoba, he arrived QF, baten by the player who after that won the trophy.
His last result was again QF in March 2001, in la COSAT, in Paraguay, losing to Román Recarte who won the tourny.
He plays with Head Ti.Fire raquet and his main ambition is to be top ten and gain the recognition between tennis people. His idols are Pete Sampras and Jennifer Capriati. He admires betwen the argentinians Mariano Zabaleta and Guillermo Coria; and the most important thing...he says he have fun playing tennis.
He was the argentinian representant of Nike Junior Tour (World Cup of kids in Sudáfrica) at the end of 2000, losing the finals (he played with health problems and had to retire) with the score on his side 6/1 - 5/2 and 30/0.
In the mornings he atends Colegio San José where he is in 7 grade. In the afternoons he trains and work on his physic, and twice a week he goes to
English classes. His fav music is the group Maná. (so naive!
With 12 years and a half, he started to compete in the category of 16 and remarks that his project is to keep training and "to learn" in that new category.
If the tennis was an object....JM said to us he will keep it in his table night, that it would be in blue-yellow color (he is real fans of Boca Juniors, the soccer team that uses those colors) and for that too the smell of tenis would be "bostero".(this is a joke that people does to the team and fans of Boca Juniors, very hard to explain). The number that woudl represent it would be 10 (the number used by Juan Román Riquelme on his soccer shirt) and the music of tenis would be "Strongers" of Britney Spears.
"A pleno Tenis" shared a moment with this charming kid. His humility, his respect and his good serious mind will lead him very far in his career. This is our opinion and our wish. His tennis allows us to keep the illusion very high!!!.