Steve Johnson’s Quotes as well as Dreams, Tips, Goals & so on…
I always wanted to play (tennis) professionally growing up and that was always my dream. When I was about 16 it really hit me that I could do this full time and since then it’s always been my main goal.
I wasn’t good enough to be pro at 18, nor would I be in the position I am now if I had turned pro then. I learned a lot in college. Without it, there’s way I’d be anywhere near as prepared or as good as I am today.
The biggest thing (about his best memory of the college) is just the team. I miss hanging out with those 10, 15 guys every day. Going to practice with those guys every day, putting in the hard work with those guys, then at the end of the day, you go out, have dinner, have a great time, relax. They’re your closest buddies. You work as hard as you do with them, but when it comes down to it, the success we share as a team is something I’ll never forget.
I love to serve and volley and hopefully put pressure on my opponents return games.
I just needed to play tennis again and not worry about the outside factors and everything. I think, for me, it was just focusing on what I do best on a tennis court, and that’s have fun and play tennis.
I’m still focused on being in the best physical shape I can be in. Overall, I just want to continue to get better. This is a game where you’re always trying to improve — for me, particularly the backhand wing.
Growing up my dad was always my coach and I attended regular school and played many other sports competitively. I probably practiced around 10-12 hours a week while competing in tournaments on the weekends.
The right preparation is a key when playing and traveling and everyone does something different. I have found that you need to know what works for you and stick to it when in the big moments.
I always wanted to go to college and get and education as well as play college tennis and become more mature and really get focused on what I wanted to accomplish. College was always the route for me and I really enjoyed my experience.
It was a pretty cool deal growing up because I had the best of both worlds. My dad was taking care of the tennis (he is a tennis coach) and my mom had the schoolwork piece (a math professor). Math is all about angles, so maybe some of that rubbed off.
A typical day for me now is tennis from 9-11 in the morning and fitness and mobility and rehab from about 11-12 and some more tennis from 2-3:30 pm and then end the day with one more fitness session from 3:30-5 pm.
I always looked up to Pete Sampras and how he was as a pro and would love to try and be on the same level as him one day but he is one of the all time greats with what he was able to accomplish on the tennis court.
My goals for this year are to just keep improving and working as hard as I can every day and really give it my all. One big goal for me is to end the year top 100 and just keep moving forward.
I don’t want to put a number on where I want to be at the end of the year. I don’t want to put that pressure on myself. I just want to keep my feet going forward, improving every day. When I sit back at the end of the year and I have no complaints, I’ll know it’s been a good year.
I don’t want to set any big goals, or specific goals. Because if I don’t reach them, I might think I had a negative year, when really, I could’ve had a lot of positives. So I just want to continue to get better as a tennis player. When my career ends, I want to look back and know I did everything possible.
The three tips I could give would be to always dream big and continue to work to make it happen. Have fun with the game of tennis. Most importantly always love the game, it will make working towards your dreams that much more exciting.
I just hang out (when he isn’t playing tennis). I live close to beach, so I ride bikes down to water. I spend time with friends and family and play a lot of golf, if possible. Just get off the tennis court for a bit. I’m an Orange County guy.
Every kid, myself included, grows up wanting to be a professional tennis player. You watch the grand slams on TV and you want to win there, you want to play there, be there. It wasn’t until I was 17, 18 that I thought it was reality, not just a dream. But I knew, on the court and off the court, I wasn’t prepared to handle that lifestyle.
The transition was very difficult for me coming from the juniors to college in both school and tennis. College academics were much more difficult than what I was used to in high school so I had to spend a lot more time off the court studying.
I grew up my whole life playing team sports. I love being part of a team atmosphere. You play for yourself every week on tour. Here you get to play for something bigger than yourself. To have good buddies around, it’s all good fun for me.
I’d never been in the Olympics, and the chance to play was amazing. Rio was awesome I really enjoyed my time down there — it went above all my expectations. It was a blast.
As a kid you watch the Olympics and see people winning medals for their country, and it’s truly special. I’m beyond excited about my trip to Rio as an Olympian.
I was comfortable in spots and uncomfortable in spots (about his game at the Olympic Games). I don’t think I played my A game. But I served great.
One or two years ago I never even would have thought about being here (about his participation at the Olympic Games). We’re super excited about everything.
When I go home I shut off from tennis and don’t pay attention. I don’t have any idea who’s winning and who’s losing. I do this so that whenever I get back to it, in a week or two, the energy will be there and it’ll be fresh and fun again. It’s tough in our profession to really be hands-on every day for a year, seeing as our season is January to November. So you’ve gotta be smart with what you do and how you take your time.
We all (about American men’s tennis) have the talent, and we all know we’re capable. Sometimes it doesn’t work out.
That’s not necessarily what drives me to be the best player. A privilege about being in the States is that we want champions — you look at all sports, and you don’t talk about the best players on the worst teams. You talk about the best players on the best teams. That’s why they’re great, that’s what makes them special. That’s why I strive to be better and better every day.
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