***Alexander Day is a straight A student in Grade 11 at St. George’s School in Vancouver. Until he was 13, his main sport was soccer, which he still plays at the Gold level in BC. Alexander started to compete in tennis at age 11, when Vadim Korkh started his programme at Jericho. Alexander’s mother, Nina Bland, who was National Champion and no.1 ranked female player in Canada in 1981, put him in a series of group lessons when he was younger, but didn’t want to push him into tennis.***
ONcourt: Great match out there today Alexander. How do you feel?
Alexander Day: I feel great! Thanks.
ONcourt: What did you think of the match today?
Alexander Day: I felt good out there all over the court today. I knew I had to hold my serve, and I managed to do that. I was lucky to be able to break his [Jesse Flores] serve in the second set coming back from being down 30-0 in that game. That was a big game.
ONcourt: Was that your first time playing Jesse?
Alexander Day: We played just last week at the U18 nationals. I won that match 6-2, 7-5.
ONcourt: Did that give you confidence coming into this match today?
Alexander Day: Yeah, but I knew I was up for a tough match, judging by the way Jesse was playing all week. I could see that Jesse made some changes this week in the way he was rushing the net. He played a tough style, especially, on this fast surface.
One thing that helped me in this match was noticing early on that Jesse was taking the ball early on my second serve, controlling the point and getting in. This was difficult to handle so I adjusted by trying to jam him with my serve and it worked.
ONcourt: Who’s your coach back in Vancouver?
Alexander Day: My main coach, since I started high performance tennis, is Vadim Korkh at Jericho Tennis Club. I also train with Julien Heine, and Kamil Pajkowski was our coach at Nationals and helped us a lot on this trip. BC has a new National Coach, Oded Jacob, with whom I train once a week.
ONcourt: What do you think of that program?
Alexander Day: I like the program because there is no slacking allowed. Oded will scream at you if you are not giving a good effort, and I respond well to that.
ONcourt: What’s next for you?
Alexander Day: Well, I’m heading back to BC to get ready for an outdoor tournament at Hollyburn. From there I might try to play some ITF’s, play the Selections and Provincials and hopefully, be well prepared for the Outdoor Nationals.
ONcourt: Congratulations on a great match today and for winning the 30th All Canadian ITF Championships. We hope to see you back for the ITF here in October and next year to defend your title.
Alexander Day: Thank you. I will be there!