Was there ever a time when you felt like if you could not move your legs during a flight? Or have you had trouble readjusting the height of a stationary bike at the gym? These are the questions that usually hear almost daily Ivo Karlovic, which from his 2 meters and eight centimeters dominates the net and pulls real cannon with the service.
If being up more than a “watusso” favors imposing 33 years old Croatian tennis player, while the poses a number of practical problems of no small importance. Ivo Karlovic in fact must find solutions to everyday problems such as traveling and sleeping, must also perform a terrific job in the gym just to keep his long form structure.
In this interview Ivo Karlovic says of his training, as well as the good an bad of being the tallest player ATP.
D. In the long air travel how do you manage complexity by a combination of your height with the small amount of legroom?
Ivo Karlovic: "It is not easy. On the aircraft, there is not a lot of legroom. I am fortunate to be able to afford to fly business class. I remember when I was younger that I was flying in economy class, it was very difficult to meet the space requirements of my legs. I try to move around a lot during the flight and drink plenty of water. "
D. You are the highest player in training which exercises have you to increase compared to your colleagues?
Ivo Karlovic: "Those for my legs, of course. It is not easy to move around in the field. And I must also increase the resistance, because of my weight, because it is not always easy to carry around the tennis court. I always have to run there, so it's a challenge. I try to work hard on the resistance. "
D. With the service you're a hammer, there are special exercises to increase efficiency?
Ivo Karlovic: "I train very hard on the service and do much stretching to increase flexibility of the back. Also do a lot of exercises to strengthen the upper part of the body ".
D. What are the advantages and disadvantages physicists to be the tallest man in the tour?
Ivo Karlovic: "I'm a lot stronger than a lot of other guys. This is what I like to think! I achieved very good results, beating because they are able to hit the ball from a point much higher. The biggest drawback, however, is that I have to go down than their opponents. It can be difficult to go up and down especially for me, because it is really far down. And then the stoop, having to raise the shutter, I understand a difficult move. "
D. Which is the cause of your longevity on the tour?
Ivo Karlovic: "It 's because I started very young. My professional career started when I was almost 22 years old. It also helps that my game does not have many long rallies. "
D. You like down on goal. How does stretching helped you?
Ivo Karlovic: "I do a lot of stretching exercises, just to go down to the net as much as possible. The be as agile, it helps prevent injuries from falls. It 's very important as a whole for my game and body. "
D. What's your advice to amateur players taller than add in their training program?
Ivo Karlovic: "They should do a lot of back exercises. It 'a part of the body that are easily injured when you're high. Then they shall strengthen their knees, increase endurance and strengthen the muscles using the weights. "
Quick questions to quick response on ATP Tour players
- Who is the most flexible? Novak Djokovic
- Who has the strongest physical? Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
- Who has the best balance? Novak Djokovic
- Who is the fastest? Gael Monfils
- Who has the biggest muscle endurance? Gael Monfils
- Who has the best footwork? David Ferrer