Dominic Stricker made his Top 100 debut in September following a fourth-round appearance at the US Open, where he stunned seventh seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in a five-set, second-round thriller. The lefty also collected two ATP Challenger Tour titles this season to become the first Swiss player to win five trophies at that level before his 21st birthday.
But what is the 21-year-old like off-court? ATPTour.com caught up with the World No. 94 in Jeddah to discuss his love for golf, football and more…
If you could have dinner with three people, who would they be and why?
Roger Federer, really nice guy. I would also go for Tiger Woods, because I really like to play golf. Then maybe I would go for Michael Jordan, because we know what he has done in sport is amazing.
What’s the most interesting thing that you have done in your life?
When I was young, I did a lot of fishing. That was something I really enjoyed, out on a boat in Switzerland.
Any particular fish that you would catch?
Not really, just a bit of everything.
Describe your perfect day if you are not playing tennis.
I would say trying to sleep as long as I can and then get some good breakfast. I think I’ll go for a round of golf and after I would maybe go into the city in Switzerland somewhere to get a nice dinner. Go to bed maybe and watch some series of Netflix or something.
What’s the best round you’ve ever had golfing?
Lowest score was 74, two over par. I think it was this year, it was a good round.
Do you play golf right-handed?
If you weren’t a tennis player, what job would you want?
I think it would be something with sports. But when I was young, I actually went one day to see how the job is as a teacher in school. But I’m happy that I that I chose tennis, I think it’s better for me.
What’s the biggest lesson that you’ve learned so far from playing on Tour?
A lot. I think one of the best ones is you have to be very serious with travelling, with all these temperature changes, it is not that easy when you get out of the plane or into the plane and all that stuff. I think that’s a big lesson I had to learn.
Who are some of your best friends on Tour?
All the players that are here, we’re very good friends. But also all the Swiss players. Everyone is a nice guy with everyone who’s playing on Tour now. It’s just a great team we also have for Davis Cup. We always have a nice group.
If you had to choose between attending a music concert or a sporting event, what would you choose and why?
I’d go for sport for sure. I think I would go for soccer in Switzerland and I would go for Young Boys Bern because it’s my club. They are my favorite team in Switzerland and football. I’m also from Bern, so as soon as I’m home I’m trying to go watch their matches.
Out of the rule innovations featured at the Next Gen ATP Finals presented by NEOM, what’s the one you are most excited to watch?
I think it’s going to be interesting with this no warmup. I think it will be very…
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