18-year-old Dominic Stricker will be making a huge transformation this week from juniors to men’s tennis when he takes on Marin Cilic in the opening round of the ATP 250 in Geneva.
Stricker is currently ranked 419 on the ATP rankings charts and will hope to enjoy his debut ATP main draw match in front of his home crowd. The Swiss boy also won the juniors championship at the French Open in the previous edition, and loves playing on the clay.
Stricker has also received a wild card entry to the event and plans on making his serve work in the match against the veteran Croat. “I’ll do my best and try to bring his serves back. And it is important that I also get my service games through.”
Stricker practiced with Federer recently in Dubai
The youngster has also spent time with maestro Roger Federer in the recent-past. From practicing to receiving tips, Stricker explained the invaluable tips he received from the 20-time Grand Slam champion.
As reported by Blicksport, Stricker said, “Roger told me to work more on my serve, which of course I did. Preparing with Roger is always something really great, I learn so much and I am very much aware of my luck, who is proud of having won a number of training games. There have often been balanced sentences. He told me I should just enjoy every minute on the pitch. I will definitely do that!”
Stricker knows a thing or two about the top level competition, when he won his first tournament on the Professional Tour at the Challenger in Lugano in March. Along with his junior countryman, the 39-year-old, Federer too will make a comeback to tennis at the event in Geneva, where he is also the top seed.