Denis Kudla reflects on young career, sets sights for top 50 (exclusive interview)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qG7JWOGsyUE&w=560&h=315]

By Kelyn Soong

Denis Kudla may not be a household name in tennis, but he has made significant strides in his three years on the pro tour.

At only 19 years old, Kudla is third youngest player in the top 200 of ATP World Tour rankings.

He is currently ranked world No. 177 and has a career high of No. 168.

This year, Kudla played in his first Grand Slam main draw match in Australia (losing in four sets to Tommy Haas), was one game away from beating Andy Roddick in the second round at the SAP Open and got the opportunity to play one of his idols, Roger Federer, in the second round at Indian Wells.

“My professional career so far has been pretty successful,” Kudla said. “I got through the rankings pretty quick…As long as I keep improving, I’m pretty happy with everything.”

Kudla has wanted to a professional tennis player for as long as he could remember, and he has enjoyed the nomadic lifestyle that comes with the profession.

“Life on tour is pretty good, it’s a different lifestyle,” Kudla said. “You’re traveling every single week – I don’t think I’ve been in the same place for more than 10 days. It’s tough, but I enjoy it. You’re in a different hotel every week, you get to travel the world, new food – it’s the lifestyle I chose.”

After all the traveling, Kudla had time to return to the Washington, D.C. area for a few weeks after his failed bid to reach the Wimbledon main draw.

The Arlington, Va. native practiced and trained with his old coaches and hitting partners at the Tennis Center in College Park in preparation for his next tournament in Newport, RI, which starts July 9.

The tournament holds a special place for Kudla, who recorded his first ATP World Tour win there just a year ago.

As for his future goals, Kudla is setting his sights for a big year.

“In this time next year I want to be potentially top 50,” he said. “I don’t want to give myself too many ranking goals now – I realize that’s maybe not the best way to look at yourself and improving. I just want to be keep being successful, try to make a run at an ATP title and keep improving, and I think everything will come along.”

13 Responses to Denis Kudla reflects on young career, sets sights for top 50 (exclusive interview)

  • Go Here says:

    I simply want to say I’m beginner to blogging and site-building and really liked you’re blog site. More than likely I’m likely to bookmark your blog post . You surely have excellent posts. Thanks a lot for sharing with us your blog site.

  • gynecomastia says:

    Greetings! I’ve been following your site for a while now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Lubbock Texas! Just wanted to say keep up the fantastic job!

  • Hi there! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be ok. I’m undoubtedly enjoying your blog and look forward to new updates.

  • CDK Geomatics provides our clients with a complete spectrum of integrated land surveying and consulting services. Throughout our history, we’ve worked to provide our customers with a level of comfort, service and trust that exceeds their expectations.

  • How to Get Pregnant: Smart Ways To Conceive Fast the Natural Way at:: InfertilityCure.tk

  • Thanks so much for the blog.Really thank you! Cool.

  • Hi there, I found your web site by the use of Google whilst searching for a
    related topic, your site came up, it seems to be great. I’ve bookmarked it
    in my google bookmarks.
    Hi there, just was alert to your blog through Google, and located that it is really informative.
    I’m going to be careful for brussels. I’ll appreciate
    in the event you proceed this in future. A lot of folks might be benefited from your writing.
    Cheers!

  • There are three benefits on our Clash of Clans Cheats, golds adder,
    gems adder, and elixirs adder.

  • Sofia says:

    Very neat article post.Really thank you! Cool.

  • Our Website says:

    Really enjoyed this blog article.Much thanks again. Much obliged.

  • Porfirio says:

    With havin so much content and articles do you ever run into
    any issues of plagorism or copyright infringement?

    My website has a lot of exclusive content I’ve either created myself or outsourced but it seems a lot of
    it is popping it up all over the internet without my authorization. Do you know
    any methods to help stop content from being ripped off? I’d
    really appreciate it.

  • Nice post. I used to be checking constantly this weblog and I am impressed!
    Extremely useful info particularly the ultimate section :) I care for such information much.
    I used to be seeking this particular information for a very long time.
    Thank you and best of luck.

    Also visit my web page: get paid surveys

  • Pearlene says:

    It’s impressive that you are getting ideas from this piece of writing as well as from our dialogue made here.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>