German tennis star Jan-Lennard Struff says former World No. 1 Pete Sampras was his idol while growing up and his dream doubles partner. Speaking to Tennis.com, the World No. 34 says, "Sampras was my idol growing up and yeah I loved the game style he played.
He served very well, volleyed good." The German said that if there was one match he could be courtside for, it would be the epic 2008 Wimbledon men's singles final where Rafael Nadal defeated Roger Federer 6–4, 6–4, 6–7, 6–7, 9–7 to win the title.
Struff says that he would love to be a soccer player from Borussia Dortmund if he had the chance to switch places with someone. "To see how they live, how people react to them." The 30 year old added that he "can't live without my kid" and that the best advice he received was from his parents.
"I think my parents gave me a lot of good advice, so like to never give up and always keep fighting for dreams." The 30 year old Struff is currently ranked No. 34 in the world rankings and peaked at No. 33 in the rankings last year.
He also achieved a career-high ranking of world No. 21 in October 2018. His best performances at the Grand Slams were reaching the fourth round of the French Open in 2019 as well as the Australian Open doubles semi-finals in 2018 and the Wimbledon doubles quarter finals in 2018.