“Tour Veteran” Alejandro Tabilo

ONcourt: Your schedule for the last three years has been quite hectic. What are your best memories of those three years?

Alejandro Tabilo: One of my fondest memories is winning both the indoor and outdoor national U12 in the year 2008.

The best memory I have is from the year 2009 when I received the trophy for “Crowd’s Favourite Player” at the World Championship in Auray, France.  What impressed me the most was the fact that thousands of people attend to watch the matches. I think that is great, it gives the players more motivation.

Another memory is winning my first ever international tournament, the U12 Citta Di Padova (July, 2009).

But one of the moments I cherish the most is when I won the Kaleva Open U14.  I was given a wildcard for qualifiers.  I made it through the qualifying stage and got into the main draw.  I shocked everyone by wininng it all.  It was AWESOME!!!

ONcourt: Do you regret anything about the time away? What did you miss most?

AB: Of course I don’t regret anything.  I know I have to make many sacrifices but in the long run it will all be worth it.  I dream to become a top ATP player one day, so I know I have to this to achieve my goal one day.

What I miss the most when I’m away is my family, my school, and my bed.

ONcourt: What do you see unfolding for you in the next four or five years and where will you be by the time you finish high school?

AB: By the time I’m 18, I see myself in the pro stage already.  By the time I finish high school, I hope to be entering the pro stage.

ONcourt: What do you think needs to happen to fullfil your dreams?

AB: Train in the correct place, work very hard in my fitness and go on many tours to gain more experience for when I get to the Pro level.

ONcourt: What is the six months like for Alejandro?

In six months train really hard, work intensely on my fitness and prepare psychologically for any upcoming tournament or tour.

ONcourt: Will you keep on blogging us so people can follow your journey on the international scene?

Of course.  I want to thank you for this opportunity.

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