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04 October 2011

60 seconds with: Greg Rusedski



  • Emily Bevan

Greg Rusedski (GBR)

What’s the most amazing moment of your career?
Reaching my first (and only) Grand Slam final at the 1997 US Open.

And the most disappointing moment?
Losing that Grand Slam final.

Which moment will you always remember?
Defeating Pete Sampras in straights sets in the final at 1998 Paris Bercy. I was the first Brit to win a Masters Series title.

When you were on the tour, what was the first thing you packed?
My rackets.

And the last thing?
My passport.

What would you definitely not leave home without?
A toothbrush.

What is the best Davis Cup atmosphere you’ve played in?
The 1999 World Group first round tie against USA in Birmingham. It was the first time we had been in the World Group in a long time and 10,500 people packed in to the National Indoor Arena every day. I lost to Jim Courier 8-6 in the fifth set of the decisive fifth rubber.

If you hadn’t been a tennis player, what would you have been?
Don’t know.

What do you do away from tennis?
Go on holiday with my family to a Caribbean Island.

Who is the most famous person in your phone book?
Jonathan Ross (British chat show host).

Is there any part of your career that you’d like to change if you could turn the clock back?
I won everything in tennis apart from a Grand Slam but I wouldn’t be me if I turned the clock back.

If a movie was made about your life, which actor would you want to play you?
People tell me I look like Ben Affleck but I think I’d choose Brad Pitt as more people would hopefully come and watch!

If you could pick three people from history to have dinner with, who would they be?
Nelson Mandela, Winston Churchill and Marilyn Monroe.

Tell us something about you that we don’t know…
I was mentioned in Woody Allen’s film Match Point.

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