Joao Sousa: RULES OF LIFE – Tennismood

by: TennisMood October 31, 2016 178

Joao Sousa: RULES OF LIFE – Tennismood

Joao Sousa’s Quotes

  • I was 15 when I moved to Barcelona because I thought there were no opportunities in Portgual, unfortunately. Maybe today it’s different. But at that time I thought I couldn’t be a professional tennis player. My career has given a lot of happiness to my parents and to me obviously so there has been good to make up for the bad of those days.
  • I didn’t start as well as I would have liked to. When I was 1-3 down in the second set, I decided to change things tactically, and I was very successful with it.
  • It is the first time that I have reached the quarterfinals at a Masters 1000 tournament, so I’m really happy with the level that I have been playing this week.
  • It’s important to think that every week is a different story. This week I have been trying to enjoy my tennis with these victories and this is the important thing now.
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  • I didn’t have the facilities to become, or at least try to become, a professional tennis player. My parents asked for a loan and I moved to Barcelona.
  • Up until a year ago, it wasn’t easy to make money because I had to pay for hotels, food and traveling expenses at tournaments where the prize money was so basic. Now that I’m playing the ATP tour I win money.
  • It’s obviously very expensive to be a professional tennis player at the highest level and many players like Joao Sousa spend a lot of their own money before they reach the break-even point.
  • I have been based in Spain since I was 15 years old, so in a way I feel a bit at home and it’s great to be able to win this title (the Valencia Open title) here and in front of my family who I had no idea was going to come, they drove 10 hours from Portugal to be here today.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo is an inspiration. He’s a hard worker. He always wants to be better. He has been making unbelievable work in every place he goes and in his life. He’s a great inspiration not only for me but for all the people who want to be better at something.
  • I’m a Madrid fan. All my friends are from Barcelona, so I like to be the opposite and pinch them a little bit.
  • Of course I’m tired, but since I won it’s OK. Bautista (Agut) is a good friend of mine, so we have lots of respect for each other. I feel sad that he did not make it to the finals, but tennis is like that.
  • I’m so tired mentally and physically but I just feel amazing, it’s just a dream come true, winning my first title here in Malaysia. I’m really happy to win this title … I hope this helps [my] confidence and to try and do better things.
  • My earliest memory of picking up a racket as a boy is when I was seven years old and I would go to Clube de Ténis de Guimarães with my father to see him play, and to play with him and other kids.
  • When I was first learning to play the “tennis scene” in Guimarães already had a large group of young players and fans who would practice at Clube de Ténis de Guimarães. This was, at the time, the only place to play tennis in Guimarães.
  • My heroes were Juan Carlos Ferrero, Roger Federer and Cristiano Ronaldo.
  • My father is indeed a great tennis fan, and he loves to play and watch tennis. He would take me to Clube de Ténis de Guimarães when I was six years old, and from then, I started to love the sport also. He has always supported me to follow my dream, which has always been to be a professional tennis player.
  • Happy Father's Day!! #pai #Portugal #melhorpaidomundo #omeu #orgulho #respect #lovehim #mikedavis76 #épravançar

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  • Barcelona has the best “tennis ecosystem” in Europe. The best players and coaches are there, so it is the place to be if you want to be a professional tennis player. You can always find great players to practice with. Also important is the fact that tennis academies allow for players to practice intensively and, at the same time, follow their academic studies. This is much more difficult in Portugal.
  • I always want to be better than the previous day. I am always working hard to improve my game whether it be in the physical, technical, mental or emotional side. I want to be amongst the best tennis players in the world for a long time and be the best I can be.
  • I see them (top players like Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic) with a lot of respect and admiration, because they are amazing athletes and tennis players, but I also see them as just one more opponent against whom I have to do my best in order to get as far as possible in the tournament. Every match is a unique battle and I always give my best to win it.
  • It was quite an amazing feeling (about the Malaysian Open), First, because it was my first title on the ATP tour, and secondly, because I was the first Portuguese to do it. It was a sense of relief that I finally made it, and it also made me feel like anything was possible, that my tennis was good enough to be amongst the best.
  • Without it (mental strength) you will never get far as a professional tennis player.
  • Portugal is living its best in terms of tennis. We have the biggest number of players with ATP ranking, we have a lot of young players and we have good coaches.
  • Whenever I return to Portugal what I love to do is to be with my family -my parents and my brother-as throughout the year I do not have many opportunities to do it.
  • There is nothing that I take with me on tour, but I have some superstitions which I always do before a match!
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