Hard to forget season from hard to miss player
A magical week in Paris in October changed all that as he toppled five top-20 ranked players, including US Open champion Andy Murray, on the way to the Masters final as a qualifier. His world ranking shot to 26.
Janowicz comes to Auckland as the fifth seed and while he’s still relatively unknown, he certainly won’t go unnoticed at the ASB Tennis Arena.
At 2.03m tall (or 6’ 8”) he’s the one ducking to fit under doorways and having to dangle his long limbs over the edge of the courtside box as he watches countrywoman Agnieszka Radwanska in action last week. He admits having to always pay for business class flights is the biggest downside of his tall frame.
Janowicz left minus 15 degree temperatures in Warsaw but has brought a warm personality that is already working its magic with tournament volunteers and New Zealand media.
His aims for 2013 are clear. He doesn’t want to be a one tournament wonder.
“Last year was huge for me especially the last week of the season … but now I have to forget about last season.”
The 22-year-old made a few changes last year – he got a new fitness coach and changed racquets. Janowicz felt he had a good entire year in 2012, but admits his Paris Masters run was overwhelming.
“It was a little bit much beating top 10 players and getting to the final, but the whole season I was playing good tennis.”
Tonight he takes on Brian Baker, another fairytale story of 2012 after the American recovered from five operations to make his first tour final. The question is who will continue that fairytale in Auckland tonight.