***Mohd Assri Merzuki is 16 years old. He is from Malaysia but lives and trains in Florida. As the 2nd seed at the U18 ITF World Ranking Event 2 currently happening in Burlington, Canada, he will be in the quarterfinals of this tournament tomorrow. His ITF rank is 385. ONcourt met with Mohd and asked him a few questions about his tennis career.***
ONcourt: Welcome to Canada. Is this your first time in the country?
Mohd Assri Merzuki: No, I have previously been to Vancouver and Winnipeg for other ITF Junior tournaments.
This is my first time in Ontario.
ONcourt: How has your tournament experience here in Burlington so far been?
Mohd Assri Merzuki: Very good…I am in the quarters here so the success is helping me to have a good time. I am enjoying the environment. This is my first indoor tournament in 2 years so I have had to adjust my game to the really fast surface.
ONcourt: On average, how many ITF tournaments do you play a year?
Mohd Assri Merzuki: Around 12.
ONcourt: Where do you live and train? What does your training consist of on a daily basis?
Mohd Assri Merzuki: I live and train in Florida in an academy named Tennis Player Fitness Institute. I am on the court 6 hours a day and do about 1.5 hours of fitness on top of that.
ONcourt: What is your dream tennis goal?
Mohd Assri Merzuki: I really wish to achieve top 100 on the ATP Tour.
ONcourt: Finally, what qualities do you feel make you stand out from other tennis players to help you achieve your dream goal?
Mohd Assri Merzuki: My forehand and my fitness level. I am strong and fit and can last a long time.