The 19-year-old American Brandon Nakashima claims a lot of people have compared his mental toughness and all-court performance to Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, the current world No. 1. Nakashima will compete in the qualifying round of the Western & Southern Open, which will also be held in New York City next week, before receiving a wild card to the forthcoming 2020 US Open singles main draw.
“When I was younger, I don’t believe I compared myself to anyone, but as I’ve progressed in the juniors and now as a professional, many have mentioned that my mental power and only my all-court game reminds them of Novak,” the young American says in an interview with the US Open website.
Although he has only recently started on the major tour, the San Diego native says his long-term objective is to top the world rankings. “I simply want to keep improving, doing well, refining my game, and winning Grand Slams.
One day, I hope to be the best in the world. In addition to playing tennis, Nakashima claims he enjoys traveling and experiencing other cultures because of his professional tennis career. “I enjoy traveling a lot, without a doubt.
Going to different cities and experiencing various cultures has been wonderful thus far. Meeting all these various athletes, in my opinion, has been fantastic and has taught me a lot about life. The US Open is the first Grand Slam to begin play after tennis ended in March, and it begins in New York in late August.
Beginning on August 20, the Western & Southern Open is scheduled. With a career-high ATP singles rating of No. 218, Brandon Nakashima is now rated as high as 220 in the world. In juniors, he reached a career-high No.3 and won the ITF Junior Masters in 2018.
In honor of Djokovic, Vlahovic
If Novak Djokovic is a fantastic role model for young tennis players, his aura extends far beyond the confines of the game. In a recent interview with Tuttosport, Serbian football player and striker Dusan Vlahovic, who plays for the storied Juventus team in Turin, Italy, wanted to clarify when the reporter compared him to the person who has won 21 Grand Slam trophies.
“Since I still have a lot to learn, I don’t see myself as a reference; Djokovic, on the other hand, is a reference for all of us. It’s a pleasure to be his countryman; I hope he can continue to win awards and accomplish all of his objectives.
Although I don’t know him well, we have had a few conversations. He praised me when I got to Juventus. His training methods and mental tenacity serve as role models. It would be wonderful if he came to visit us for a few conversations.