2021 Wimbledon boys’ singles champion Samir Banerjee enjoyed talking to Daniil Medvedev and hearing what he had to say.
Medvedev, ranked at No. 2 in the world, is one of the best players in the world while Banerjee is hoping to reach those heights one day.
“I was talking to Medvedev a lot. He said everyone at this level is good, not even in the top eight, but in the Top 200, 300, everyone is pretty much at the same level. It just comes down to smaller things,” Banerjee told the ATP Finals. “He said obviously there is a bit of luck involved, but it’s how you prepare, how you approach every week. He said some guys lose first round three, four weeks in a row and then they win a tournament. He said he was just very consistent, he made semis, semis, finals.
“I think each of their journeys is pretty unique and they all got to this stage with unique game styles and unique personalities.”
Banerjee enjoys being around Medvedev and other top players
Banerjee is one of this year’s participants in the Nitto ATP Finals Junior Hitting Partner Initiative.
“It’s been great. Just being able to hit with all these top guys, seeing how they conduct themselves, how they run their practices, how they prepare for matches, how they are in the locker rooms, it’s pretty cool,” Banerjee said. “It’s something I didn’t think I’d be able to see.”
ATP Chief Tour Officer Ross Hutchins said: “Since 2016 we have been delighted to invite some of the world’s best juniors at the Nitto ATP Finals as practice partners. Interacting with the best players in the world and experiencing elite-level tennis first-hand is incredibly important for player development and progression. Many of the juniors we have hosted have gone on to make an impressive mark on the Tour. Jerome and Samir have done an oustanding job this week and I’m confident it’s an experience they will never forget.”