The 23-year-old Marc Polmans couldn't make a significant move in 2020, earning nine positions on the ATP list after two ATP victories. Marc earned those at home in Melbourne and at Roland Garros as a qualifier, failing to make an impression in other tournaments and hoping for a better run in 2021.
The Melbourne resident spoke with Tennis Australia site about his tennis journey, first step, and the court's best moments. Polmans also mentioned Gael Monfils and Roger Federer as his idols while growing up, saying he could watch the Frenchman and the Swiss all the time without getting bored.
For Marc, Roger is why many play tennis, calling him the greatest player of all time. Roger is the six-time Australian Open champion between 2004-2018, making a thrilling comeback in Melbourne 2017 after a knee injury and beating Nadal in five sets.
The Swiss defended the title a year later for his 20th and so far the last Major crown, suffering losses to Stefanos Tsitsipas and Novak Djokovic in the previous two editions. Federer played only one tournament in 2020, experiencing two knee surgeries in February and May and planning to return in Melbourne in February next year.
For Marc Polmans, Roger Federer is the greatest player of all time.
"I started playing tennis when I was four in South Africa. My parents both played badminton – which is similar to tennis, just on a smaller court.
They put me in tennis lessons, and I'm delighted they did. I've enjoyed tennis from an early age, and that is one of the big reasons we moved to Australia when I was ten. My first coach Tony Vermaak coached me from four to ten; he greatly influenced my game.
He lives in Australia now too, so I still see him regularly, and he watches all my matches when I'm in Melbourne. He was self-taught and has a big passion for tennis. He taught me many things and gave me a good variety in my game.
Gael Monfils and Roger Federer were my two idols growing up. Monfils is one of those players you can watch for hours. Also, Roger – I know everyone says him, but he is the reason why so many people do play tennis. He makes it look easy and is probably the best tennis player ever.
The Australian Open doubles semi-final with Andrew Whittington in 2017 was a big moment for me. That was one of the happiest moments in my tennis career so far. It's not every day you get to be in a Major semi-final – and to play with a good friend in our first time together and beat the world's leading pair was also super special," Marc Polmans said.