Promising Australian Philip Sekulic revealed he has been practicing with world No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas ahead of the Australian Open.
Sekulic, 18, made a positive start to his Australian Open qualifying on Monday.
Sekulic, who received a wildcard into the Australian Open qualifying, surprised former world No. 85 Matthias Bachinger 6-4 6-3 in his qualifying opener at Melbourne Park.
“I’m happy to get the win. I thought I served really well today, I’m happy with my performance,” Sekulic said in his post-match media conference, per The First Serve.
Sekulic delivered a good performance as he claimed one break in each set and dropped no service games to book a straight-set win.
“I’m confident in my game. If I’m playing well, I know I can beat a lot of these guys, even though it’s a good level,” Sekulic added.
Sekulic on practicing with Tsitsipas
Sekulic is one of the most promising Australian players from his generation and getting a chance to practice 2021 French Open runner-up Tsitsipas was huge for him.
“I got a couple practice sessions in with Stefanos, which I think really helped me. He hits the ball really well. I was able to get in a good rhythm, those sessions really helped me,” Sekulic revealed.
“When I’m hitting with him I get to hit lots of balls, if I’m hitting with him I get my eye in and it then helps when I’m playing.”
Sekulic is coached by former Australian tennis player Gavin van Peperzeel.
“He’s just starting to coach me this year. I’ve only been seeing him a couple of weeks. I really like working with him. He’s a bit younger so he can still hit really well, move, and train with me so I think it’s good. I like having a laugh with him as well sometimes, we share a bit of banter which is good,” Sekulic exclaimed.