French tennis player Luca Van Assche recently made headlines as he broke into the Top 100 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings. At just 19 years old, Van Assche has quickly climbed the ranks in the tennis world.
Van Assche’s success comes on the heels of his first tour-level victory in Estoril and winning three ATP Challenger Tour championships. These wins have propelled him to new heights in his career.
Currently, Van Assche is making his debut at the Next Gen ATP Finals presented by NEOM, an exciting opportunity for him to showcase his skills against other young talents in the sport.
Off the court, Van Assche opened up about his admiration for tennis legend Roger Federer, calling him his idol and expressing a desire to have dinner with him. He also mentioned his friend, Arthur Fils, as someone he would love to share a meal with.
Recalling his childhood, Van Assche fondly remembers watching Federer play in tournaments, particularly the unforgettable 2017 Australian Open final against Rafael Nadal. This match left a lasting impression on him and further fueled his passion for the sport.
When he’s not on the court, Van Assche’s perfect day involves sleeping in, enjoying a good breakfast, spending time with loved ones, and engaging in activities like going to the cinema or attending a sports game.
Despite his success in tennis, Van Assche revealed that if he wasn’t a player, he would have pursued a career as an engineer due to his love for mathematics. He is currently continuing his studies at university and plans to pursue a different job after his tennis career.
In terms of other sports, Van Assche prefers attending sporting events over music concerts. Rugby, football, and Formula 1 top his list of favorite sports. Recently, he had the opportunity to attend the Rugby World Cup games in France, where he witnessed an exciting match between France and New Zealand.
On the tour, Van Assche is accompanied by his best friend, Arthur Fils, whom he has known since they were nine years old. The two have played numerous tournaments together and share a close bond.
Reflecting on his experience at the ATP Finals in Jeddah, Van Assche described it as extraordinary. He emphasized the importance of meeting other players and being exposed to a new country and culture. Along his tennis journey, Van Assche has been fortunate to visit various cities for tournaments, such as Morocco and Venice, allowing him to immerse himself in different cultures.
A valuable lesson that Van Assche learned this year is that he has the ability to compete with the best players in the world. He gained valuable experience in his first year on tour, cementing his confidence and determination to continue improving and reaching new heights in the tennis world.
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