World No. 22 Nikoloz Basilashvili said Georgia is well balanced as they have both serious and funny players on their ATP Cup team
Basilashvili, a former world No. 16, is an absolute star of Georgia at the ATP Cup as he is the their only player ranked inside the top-250.
The ATP Cup criteria says a nation has to have at least one player ranked inside the top-250 in order to be eligible to play the ATP Cup.
“Aleks [Aleksandre Metreveli] is a serious guy, very professional. Zura is more of a funny guy. Aleksandre Bakshi was in university in the U.S., so he’s kind of an American-style guy. Saba [Purtseladze] is also a really fun guy to be around. The captain David is a very good, more serious type of guy – we’ve had him already for a couple of years with us, with the Davis Cup team,” Basilashvili told the ATP Cup.
Basilashvili recalls his first tennis club
“Yes, I started playing tennis at the Leila Meskhi Tennis Academy in Tbilisi in Georgia, I was there until I was 10 years old. Then I moved out… my first hit was in the academy. My father put me there, he was very passionate about the sport so that’s where I started,” Basilashvili recalled.
2021 Indian Wells Masters runner-up Basilashvili was asked about which places he would recommend to someone who wanted to visit Georgia.
“To the capital Tbilisi probably, at the beginning, and then we have many small cities that are very interesting historical places. Georgia is a very historical country. We have many old churches and other interesting stuff,” Basilashvili said.
Also, Basilashvili was asked if there was a sport played in Georgia that wasn’t played anywhere else in the world.
“No, we don’t really have anything like this, but traditionally we are good at wrestling. In judo and wrestling we have had many Olympic champions, and we have a strong tradition in these sports,” Basilashvili explained.