Last year Jerzy Janowicz didn’t compete at the Australian Open, because he couldn’t afford the trip Down Under.
After he beat Somdev Devvarman in the second round, the Pole received flowers for the first time.
“Yes, some girls gave me flowers. This was first time.
[It has] never, never happened to me before.”Now, he is guaranteed a minimum of $57,000 for making the third round.
“I played 2010 qualies, [but] last year I couldn't come here because of money,” said Janowicz, who instead decided to contest a $10,000 ITF Futures tournament in Sheffield, England, 12 months ago.
“Now I think I have a little bit better situation, because I have already a sponsor.
So it is much, much easier for me mentally to play this Australian Open, because I don't have to worry about money anymore.”
Last year’s BNP Paribas Masters finalist added, “This changed my life, but this [did] not change me. I'm all the time, [the] same crazy person. In life you change a lot. Now I don't have to worry about my trips. I can easily buy business class [tickets] for trips, like to Australia. Now I don't have to worry about money for my coach. So it's much easier for me to play tennis now.”
Last night I had some bizarre dream where Janowicz was a former Shakespearean actor who'd had to give it up to play tennis and for some reason when I woke up I was really disappointed this wasn't true. I was at his match vs Almagro, wish he'd managed to win but it was nice to see him play.
2013 Indian Wells Doubleslost to the Bryan brothers in the final
Huey and Janowicz, the duo from the Philippines and Poland respectively, came into the BNP Paribas Open unseeded, defeating the teams of Andy Murray and his brother Jamie, and Americans James Blake and Mardy Fish along the way.
Huey is a doubles specialist with one ATP doubles championship at Washington D.C. in 2012, and appearances in three finals, most recently in October in Basel.
This is the first time Huey has had this kind of success with Janowicz, however. The Pole is known primarily as a singles player, and at only 22, has been to just one singles final — at Paris in November, where he lost to David Ferrer. He has never been to a doubles final.
Indian Wells 2013 Interview Huey Janowicz
Treat Huey and Jerzy Janowicz talk about their run through to the BNP Paribas Open final on their partnership debut.