Interesting piece of advice there.The best advice his father ever passed along?
"He always says that if you can beat yourself, you can beat anyone - because you often fight with yourself. Sometimes, it's hard to get up in the morning and make yourself work, but you have to push yourself," the younger Bubka explained.
Confirms what I thought... Some may think it only an advantage to share a famous name but, while it may be beneficial in a financial sense for instance, it can also be a huge obstacle when trying to find one's own way in life. No wonder people like Nicholas Cage and Angelina Jolie opted to forego their real surname when starting out in showbiz; to avoid the intense scrutiny and inevitable comparison and, instead, succeed - or fail - based on their own merits.He said his father was pleased to see him choose a sport other than pole-vaulting so they wouldn't always be compared. Still, it can be tough to share his famous father's name, although he made clear he doesn't wish he had another.
Time after time, that's what people want to talk about. Sometimes, after a tough loss, Bubka said, he'll think to himself: "Leave me alone, please. I'm just a regular guy."
Nowadays, he feels as confident as ever about his tennis and says his immediate goal is to pull his ranking up into the top 100.
And eventually, he hopes, he'll make a name for himself in his sport.
"Everybody, every week, asks me: 'Oh, are you the son of the famous pole vaulter?' I just hope that I will continue improving," he said, "and that I will be known (as) 'Sergei Bubka the tennis player,' not 'the son of the great pole vaulter."'