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Alex Bogomolov interview.

Deboogle!.
12-18-2003, 06:25 PM
*interesting* interview lol

Alex Bogomolov: American Dream
Not just a tennis anyone.
By Dave Hollander

THE FUN-LOVING, 20-year old ATP up-and-comer—a Moscow native—says he and Anna Kournikova are "just friends," prefers to date tennis players but admits that junior tennis players get all the best action.

NYSX: Why do people think today's professional men's tennis is boring?

AB: Right now it's boring game because the competition has gotten so much stronger. It's not like before where four or five players dominated the game. Basically all top 100 guys on a given day can beat anybody. I was playing Juan Carlos Ferrero (ATP #3) in Thailand and it went three sets. I felt like I had a pretty good chance. At that time I was ranked 116th in the world. The competition nowadays is very strong and it's kinda hard to follow a player that can lose any day. What America likes is a champion.

NYSX: Sure, we like champions, but we also like championship personalities. Andy Roddick is so "boy band." It looks like manufactured charisma. McEnroe, Connors and Ilie Nastase—they were so punk rock! They were originals. There was even a transsexual: Renee Richards. Isn't that what the tour needs?

AB: I think that's what it needs. And the way I play is the way you just described. You know, I think that what the tour needs is a little bit more style—more outgoing personalities. I think nowadays everybody is so into the money, so for them it's work. They get out there and they're trying to make the money. It's a game! As a little kid you start off thinking that it's a game and you just want to have fun and then somewhere in the road that mentality changes. Personality comes from a player how he is in life—how he behaves outside the court. What I try to bring into the court is being outgoing, having fun and try to entertain the people. I think Roddick is doing a good job with that. He's bringing a little bit more fun into the game. There's quite a few other players that the world hasn't really seen yet. But we are coming. The younger generation is coming with that style of more fun.

NYSX: You're kind of punk rock sporting a tattoo of Chinese characters on your arm that means "Fear No Man." Why did you choose that?

AB: Well, I got it two years ago. And at that time I think one factor that was missing in my game was confidence. For me it was kind of showing the way I feel—that I did not fear anybody when I step out on the court. I'm sure I'm going to get more tattoos. I have my eyebrow pieced now. It's my personality. It's about having fun with it and being outgoing. That's the way it should be for me.

NYSX: You pal around a lot with fellow Russian expatriate Anna Kournikova. Is it really "just friends?"

AB: Oh yeah, that's just friends. She really helped me a lot in my tennis game confidence-wise. She's always there for me. We always talk about it. Especially now that she's not playing. She's kind of trying to do the best for my career as she did for her career. She kind of lives through me right now tennis-wise. She has her boyfriend and I got my girlfriend. It's all good friends. She supports me a lot.

NYSX: Your sure it's not like FTF?

AB: No, no, no. (laughs). She's more like my sister. She's very close with my mom. She's just a very good friend.

NYSX: You know there have been some really hot tennis romances between the very best players: Jimmy Connors & Chris Evert, Andre Agassi & Steffi Graf, Bill Tilden & countless ball boys. Your mixed doubles partner in the 2003 U.S. Open was the fetching Ashley Harkelroad (WTA #52). Anything you can tell me about that?

AB: That's my girlfriend! (laughs). That's who I've been spending a lot of time with. I've know her since were were 13 years old. And we've traveled together on USTA trips. We both live in Miami, we both practice in Key Biscayne and both of our coaches are very good friends. And so it went from a friendship into a relationship.

NYSX: Who are some other professional tennis couples today?

AB: Obviously Leyton Hewitt and Kim Clijsters. Then, I think Capriati was dating Xavier Malisse but that was like two years ago or something. But it's always been like that. It's kind of obvious it's going to happen because we have the same ambition. We share the same job, the same hobby—you know? We share a lot of similar views on how life is, and it helps that both of us can support each other. Like the way I see my relationship is she helps me a lot and I can help her. I don't see myself having a girlfriend outside of tennis.

NYSX: It's good to have someone who really understands what your life is like.

AB: Exactly.

NYSX: Andy Roddick's celebrity girlfriend Mandy Moore says that girls send Roddick their underwear. You must be getting the babes all the time. How much action is a 20-year old ATP ranked tennis player getting these days?

AB: Well, these days only from my girlfriend. (laughs)

NYSX: Good answer.

AB: But junior tennis, that's where a lot of action happens, especially young guys like me. We did quite a few party nights. I think that's why I didn't do all that well in juniors because for me it was just all fun. It was just going out and having parties and girls. And, I'm kind of glad I went through that at an early age because I got all my party out at that stage of my life. I mean, I really, really partied a lot. And I was at a really young age. Nowadays I don't really think about partying anymore. I have a stable life right now. I'm 20 years old. I grew up faster that most of the people my age. I'm sure there's lot of guys who are ATP and women on the WTA who still do quite a few parties. It's normal you know. After a tough loss, you just got to let out all your emotions—just go out have fun and start out strong again the next day. There's always a lot of partying. Every tournament it's the same as the NBA guys; there's girls throwing themselves at you or guys at the girls, you know. It's basically entertainment.

NYSX: Do you have groupies?

AB: Yeah there's groupies, but probably only in the U.S. There's quite a few groupies of girls who used to play and they just love tennis so they go to support the guys. There's definitely groupies. For me I have one girl that she says she's my number one fan. She's in a wheelchair and she's from Los Angeles.

NYSX: I hear you have a great admiration for Dennis Rodman. Why?

AB: Because I think he did a lot for the game of basketball. First of all he was born with not that much of a talent but he did quite well. He did unbelievable for just rebounding. He brought style, he brought entertainment to the game. Everybody wanted to watch him do crazy things on the court. He was having fun every single game. He wasn't like a robot that they just told him to rebound and that's it. He wasn't afraid to dye his hair and he wasn't afraid of getting all the tattoos. He said whatever was on his mind. Nowadays I think people, especially in ATP the guys, say what the interviewers want to hear. For example, if they play this guy they don't really like and after match and the interviewer asks him what do you think about your opponent, they say "Well, he's a good player. He competes well…." But really that's not what they want to say. They probably want to say "That guy is dick. I don't like the guy. And I really wanted to beat him."

NYSX: Your father, Alexander Bogomolov Sr., coached top players like Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Andrei Medvedev. How has being a coach's son helped you stay focused?

AB: I don't know about staying focused but I know growing up was really, really hard as a father and son relationship. Basically it was just a coach-student relationship. And, over the years it took a lot of toll on us. My dad moved back to Russia three years ago and he quit coaching me and the relationship went south. Now we are just starting to pick it up again, he taught me a lot of things. He taught me the ethics of work. He taught me with hard work you can do anything. Basically that's my number one thing that I got from him—the lesson that I learned the most.

NYSX: You're known for your exceptional speed on the court but you're also rising fast in the rankings, cracking the ATP 100 this year. Where do want to be by U.S. Open 2004?

AB: I want to be somewhere in the top 40. The thing is I sort of had a plan, and maybe I dreamed about it a lot, but I kinda knew that I wasn't gonna be one of those guys that blows up like Andy (Roddick). It took him what—three years and he's already number one? I'm not one of those guys who has all the weapons. I move well, all my shots are really steady. I'm gonna take my time to get there. But once I'm there, I'm gonna stay there a long time.

Fee
12-19-2003, 05:25 AM
Where is this article from? (You should always post the original source and url for articles to avoid copyright problems). Thanks.

Tricky_Forehand
12-19-2003, 09:20 AM
*interesting* interview lol

Alex Bogomolov: American Dream
Not just a tennis anyone.
By Dave Hollander

NYSX: Do you have groupies?

AB: Yeah there's groupies, but probably only in the U.S. There's quite a few groupies of girls who used to play and they just love tennis so they go to support the guys. There's definitely groupies. For me I have one girl that she says she's my number one fan. She's in a wheelchair and she's from Los Angeles.

I'm famous!! LOL. I don't know why I keep having this overwhelming feeling to tell people :o . I'm guessing it's probably because, two hours later, i'm still trying to believe what I just read :eek: .

Two points though. Point one: I'm none too thrilled about being referred to as a "groupie." Point two: I NEVER told him that I was his #1 fan because I didn't want to assume out loud. I think I might be but if he thinks so without me saying? OK :D

Lindsayfan
12-19-2003, 11:18 AM
he's so nice about ashley,he looks really in love with her! :inlove:

Dirk
12-19-2003, 11:19 AM
Never saw this guy but why do you like him so much 24/7?

Experimentee
12-19-2003, 11:58 AM
I didnt know he was going out with Harkleroad! :eek:
That explains why he was watching her matches at the AO this year, even though he had to play matches on the same day.
Interesting how he thinks the fact that he can take a set off a top player anytime is "boring" :lol:

star
12-19-2003, 12:16 PM
Where is this article from? (You should always post the original source and url for articles to avoid copyright problems). Thanks.



It might be nice for others to have the url, but that has nothing to do with copyright problems.

Deboogle!.
12-19-2003, 02:59 PM
sorry, I thought the source was in the article. It's nothing I've ever heard of

New York Sports Express
http://www.nysportsexpress.com/1/28/departments/openmic.cfm

and yes he does sound very in love :)

Tricky_Forehand
12-19-2003, 09:56 PM
Never saw this guy but why do you like him so much 24/7?

Long story, short. He beat Tommy Haas in LA in 2002 and I was less than happy, actually I was :fiery: . But then after I cooled off for a couple of days I realized that regardless of where Tommy was mentally at that time, Alex was pretty damn good. So I decided to follow his results and see how he did. The more I followed his results, the more of a "fan" of his game I became.

Fast forward to July of this year. Again, in LA and not only did I see Alex play and really kick ass in his first round but I met him. I talked to him a couple of times over that week. So, not only am I a "fan" of the player but I respect Alex more than I can ever express, as a human being. I also talked to him several times over the course of four days at a Challenger in Torrance.

As far as his game goes. There's not one thing that i can point out that I love about his game because I love the entire package of what he brings to the court.

OK, i'll quit rambling :p . i don't know if this answered your question, Dirk, but i'm still in a bit of a daze today ;)

Kiara
12-21-2003, 02:32 AM
didnt she(harkelroad) date Roddick when they were in the Juniors? I remember her saying "he was my first real boyfriend " when she was asked about him...dunno

Deboogle!.
12-21-2003, 02:36 AM
yea she did....