Chris Evert has a successful Academy in Boca Raton, Florida, and in Coronavirus time he took an initiative to stay in touch with tennis players. The most recent "guests" of the 18-time Slam champion were Matteo Berrettini and Ajla Tomljanovic, who talked with Evert for more than an hour.
The Italian player revealed he idolized Roger Federer. “Roger is tennis. He can do whatever he wants. It’s easy. He is my idol. I can talk about him for two years. He makes it look like he born like that. Novak is a machine.
For me, he is the worst to play. I remember playing playing in London at the tour finals, had nearly 70% of my first serves in the second set and still lost the set 6-1. I could not hold my serve. He has an amazing return. His backhand is really good.
Nadal’s intensity is unbelievable. It does not matter if the score is 5-0 and 0-5" - said Berrettini. On the current suspension of the tennis season, he added: “I am not optimistic that the tennis season will resume this summer.
Europe and the United States are getting through a difficult period. I fear that the current season will be cancelled. I am in good shape and I am training every day”. On the relationship with his coach Vincenzo Santopadre: “I met Vincenzo for the first time when I was 14 and I spend more time with him than my family.
I started training with him for fun. He did not put pressure on me until I was 20 years old. He knew that tennis is a marathon, but not a sprint. He helped me to improve my physical training”.