Catching up with David Ferrer and John Isner by James A. Crabtree
(January 12, 2014) MELBOURNE – During a hectic schedule prior to their 2014 Australian Open campaigns I had the chance to catch up with world No. 3 David Ferrer and American No. 1 John Isner for an informal Q & A at the Prince Hub Tennis Live Site, with a focus away from the court.
Who do you travel with?
David Ferrer: I travel with my team and coach and girlfriend. I spend the time waiting for planes watching movies and reading.
John Isner: I travel with my team, my brother also. He can be tough to travel with, he can cause some trouble. I’d like to travel with my dog Miguel I don’t see him often but I can’t live without him, he’s a cocker spaniel.
Name your favorite Actor, Actress and Movie
DF: My best Actress would be Julia Roberts and actor would be Robert De Niro. And I would not see ever myself acting after my career (laughs).
JI: Favorite movie has gotta be Saving Private Ryan. Favourite actress would be Megan Fox although she is a little out of the scene at the moment now, isn’t she?
Favorite place to play?
DF: Of course I love being in Spain but I love the grand slams because they are special.
JI:The tournaments which are close to home and close to where I went to school are great for the support but I do love the grand slams also.
Which family members have been most important to you during your journey?
DF: My whole family. Everyone.
JI: Gotta be my mom.
You are both pretty good at tennis, but what are you bad at?
DF: Playing at other sports like football. I play but I am not good. The best out of the tennis players is Rafael Nadal. Feliciano Lopez is the most funny guy.
JI: I suck at soccer. I’ve got confidence with basketball.
What would you be doing if you were not playing tennis, and where do you see yourself in ten years?
DF: Still something about tennis I believe. Everything is tennis, tennis is everything.
JI: I don’t think I will be involved too much in tennis in ten years. One of my biggest achievements was starting my own charity, raising money for the cancer hospital that treated my mother. I would like to do more with that.
James Crabtree is a journalist living in Melbourne. Follow him on twitter @JamesACrabtree