by: TennisMood 10

Martin Klizan

“At the end I want to be in the top 30!”

Martin Klizan: Rules of Life(28 y.o.)
Martin Klizan

Personal Facts

Overview

  • “Klizko” is his nickname
  • At the age of 5 had his first personal coach.
  • When a kid, Martin dreamed to be a police officer. He was around five-six years when he was talking about that. He knew that giving people fine. He wanted to do the same.
  • Has a giant, but incomplete tattoo on his calf. Waits until he gets married and has a baby to finish it, so he could put the date out there! He got it when he was 18.
Martin Klizan tatoo photo
  • "Absolutely the most expensive thing I bought for myself, the glasses for $ 600."
  • Speaks Czech, English, Polish, Slovak, Croatian and some Russian
  • Favourite surface is clay. He grew up on it
  • Favourite shot is forehand
  • Idols growing up were Marat Safin and Goran Ivanisevic
  • Hobbies are football, computer games, ice hockey and floorball
  • Ivan Trebaticky is his fitness trainer
  • Coach is Martin Hromec. Team also contains a psychologist.
  • Just like Novak Djokovic needed a diet change for his progress, Martin had this little thing which bothered him - problems with the feet. Finally, sneaker inserts designed specially for him helped to solve the problem.

Martin Klizan's Family & Personal life

Martin Klizan with girlfriend
  • Father, Milan, is the general manager at an electric transformator company
  • Mother, Darina, is a university teacher
  • Sister, Natalia, played tennis until age 12, now works in London
  • Radovan Kaufman, his cousin, won a gold medal in track cycling at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics
  • Started playing tennis at age 3 with father. He owes the career to impatient father, who couldn't listen to persistent 3-year-old Martin tapping at the bedroom
    door with black plastic rocket and foam ball. One day, when the tapping was really irritating, his father took him out to the court in front of their house and there Martin started to fire his first real balls without endangering the bedroom door and other household members."
  • Karolina,also a tennis player was his girlfriend for three years.
  • In 2015 Martin & Karolina became best male and female Tennis Players of the Year in Slovakia.

Activism

Martin Klizan tennis player
  • First success in tennis was European Championship in singles and doubles with Andrej Martin. This wass when he thought he could be a tennis pro. Checking the list of previous winners including Mats Wilander and Stefan Edberg he thought him to be the next one
  • The US Open appearance gave him more confidence on the hard court; before it was low and he lost matches too easily.
  • In 2006 his Roland Garros singles title came.
  • 2012 season gave his career new speed. He kicked out Jo-Wilfried Tsonga from US Open, where he reached the fourth round.
  • Voted 2012 ATP Newcomer of the Year by his fellow players
  • He is the first Slovakian player to win ATP title since Dominik Hrbaty in 2004. In the final in St. Petersburg he beat Fabio Fognini of Italy. I wasn't nervous.
  • The hardest match was against Mikhail Youzhny in the semis, so after that match he thinks he was playing pretty good

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