The tennis player talks Wimbledon, weddings, and clay vs. grass courts.
Last year, Sam Querrey had the best performance of his career when he beat Andy Murray and progressed to the Wimbledon semifinals. This year, he headed back to the grass courts at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London as both a top prospect and a newlywed. After winning his first two matches in straight sets, he lost to Gaël Monfils of France in the third round.
Querrey is quite agile considering his 6-foot-6-inch frame, says his full-time physical therapist Christian LoCascio. But his biggest strengths are his naturally flexible shoulders and hips, which help him avoid injury and deliver powerful serves. Having hit 314 aces in 2018 alone, the 30-year-old is widely regarded as one of the best servers on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) tour. (Compare that to number one seed Rafael Nadal, who’s hit just 54 aces this year.)
But Querrey’s service game isn’t the only one that’s thriving: After competing in both singles and doubles at this summer’s French Open, he hopped on a plane to Florida to marry his girlfriend of three years, Abby Dixon, on June 9.
The number 13 seed told Furthermore about tournament prep, core strength, and the secret to his serve.