A coffee with …
Recently announced as a headlining player for the 2017 Brisbane International, tennis ace John Millman caught up with us to talk about his stellar year to date and what’s ahead this Summer for Australia’s third highest ranked tennis player.
John, you’ve had a great year, what’s been your biggest highlight for 2016?
It’s been a fantastic year for me, but there would definitely be three highlights. The first was my second round match at the Australian Open where I defeated Gilles Muller in five sets. It was a huge match for me and the Aussie fans were behind me for every point. The second highlight was playing on Centre Court at Wimbledon in the third round against (now World No.1) Andy Murray. But I have to say, the biggest highlight for 2016 was playing for Australia at the Olympic Games in Rio. The whole experience was absolutely incredible.
You now have an Olympic Record too?
Yes I do. I have a stand-alone Olympic record for a Double Bagel win (6-0, 6-0).
What are you looking forward to this summer?
First and foremost it’s vital for me to put together a good pre-season and overcome a few niggling injuries. But it’s always nice to be home this time of year and prepare in Brisbane for a summer of tennis. I am looking forward to the Australian Open. I’ve been working really hard this year and am hoping to do Australia proud and play really well in Melbourne.
What does a typical day look like for you?
When I’m home, my day starts with a big healthy breakfast then out to Tennyson (Queensland Tennis Centre) to do body management /gym work followed by a 2hr session on court. I cool down, break for lunch and head back out on court for another 1-2 hours then do gym and/or fitness. I finish my day with a big recovery session, which can sometimes include ice baths, but more recently I have been getting into Pilates. I get home, have dinner .. then it’s rest and repeat.
Away from a tennis court, what do you like to do in your spare time?
I love European football, but away from tennis I really enjoy maximising my time spend with family and friends. I also love going out for breakfast in Brisbane, and chilling out at home on the PlayStation.