Here are short biographies of the 2015 Initial Acceptance List
KAVCIC, BLAZ SLO 91
Began playing tennis aged four…Comes from a family where professional sport runs in the blood…Grandfather, Ludvik, was a great alpine skier in the 1950s and a participant at the 1956 winter Olympic Games in Cortina d’Ampezzo…After ending his pro skiing career Ludvik became very enthusiastic about tennis and inspired Blaz to take up the sport…Mother, Bojana, and father, Aleksander, were also pro skiers…Bojana was a three-time national slalom champion and participated in two alpine-skiing World Championships in 1978 and 1982…Younger sister, Maša, who trains step and showdance, has won numerous national, European and other titles with her dance group…Aged 14, he won the European Masters Tournament in Prato, Italy…Turned professional in 2005…When not traveling and playing tennis, hobbies include playing golf, listening to music and going to the movies…Idol growing up was Pete Sampras for his great serve and volley game…In 2006, played an exhibition match with Stefan Edberg in home town of Ljubljana…
BOLT, ALEX Australia 248
Nickname is �Bolty�…Started playing tennis aged seven by tagging along with his parents, Andrew and Cathy; brother, Nathan; sister, Kara…Favourite surfaces are grass and hard courts; shot is forehand…Favourite tournament is the Australian Open…Idols growing up were Lleyton Hewitt and Roger Federer…Hobbies include AFL, basketball and movies…If he wasn�t a tennis player he would be an �NBA player or play Aussie Rules�…Supports Port Adelaide Power and Brooklyn Nets…Physical trainer is Daniel Buberis…Trains in Melbourne.
TIAFOE, FRANCIS USA 291
Started playing tennis aged three…Has twin brother Franklin…Father, Constant, helped construct the tennis facility in 1999 and became Head of Maintenance soon after; the twins would often come to work with their father and spend the entire day at the tennis center…Mother, Alphina, helped the boys with schooling while their father worked…Made ATP main draw debut at hometown Citi Open in 2014…As a junior won the 2013 Orange Bowl, becoming the youngest-ever boys’ champion in the event’s history….
Followed that up with winning the 2014 Easter Bowl, becoming first player since John McEnroe in 1976 to win the two back-to-back…Reached junior No. 2 ranking…In 2012, he won two under-14 titles at Les Petits As (Tarbes, France) and Teen Tennis (Bolton, England), and helped lead the United States to the under-14 gold medal in World Junior Tennis…Big fan of Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City (NBA) and Washington Redskins (NFL)…
Moved to Boca Raton, Fla. in May 2015 to train with USTA coaching staff. Will also train during year at his hometown in College Park, Md.
DEVVARMAN, SOMDEV India 172
Somdev calls Agartala home, but lives and trains in Austin, Texas. Competing on the tour keeps him traveling for approximately 35 weeks a year, affording a few quick trips back home to see family. Somdev finished University with a degree in sociology and turned pro in the summer of 2008. He won his first career title that year at a Futures Tournament in Rochester, New York. His best achievement so far on the ATP World Tour has been reaching the finals of the Chennai Open in 2009, as a wild card entry. He was ranked 202. In August 2010, Somdev cracked the top 100 at number 96, putting Indian tennis back on the world singles map. Soon after, he won the gold in the Men’s Singles event of the XIXth Commonwealth Games in Delhi, 2010, followed by two more gold medals (singles and doubles) at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, setting a new Indian record.
KRAJICEK, AUSTIN USA 115
KUZNETSOV, ALEX USA 271
Started playing tennis at age six when his father took him to the local courts. Mother, Julia is a computer analyst; father, Yuri, is a tennis coach. His grandfather was a Ukranian handball champion. He collects baseketball cards. If he wasn’t a tennis player he would like to be a golfer. Growing up, admired Marat Safin. Earlier this year, won the USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge for Roland Garros entry.
MARCHENKO, ILLYA Ukraine 103
Began playing tennis at age seven. Father, Vassili and mother Anna are both engineers. Has one older brother, Igor, a manager and former ice skater who took part in the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics. Admired Lleyton Hewitt growing up and now Roger Federer. Favourite surface is hard and best shot is his backhand. Likes computer games, music (rock) and movies (Bruce Willis).
REID, MATT Australia 202
Started playing tennis at age 6 because his family had an old asphalt tennis court in their backyard. Was offered a scholarship to the Nick Bollettieri Academy in Florida when he was 15. Boarded at the Academy for 2 years so that he could complete year 12 via online education while training. Reached the 2008 Junior Wimbledon Championships doubles final alongside compatriot, Bernard Tomic. Won his maiden ITF Futures Pro Circuit event, the 2009 U.S.A. F19 in Godfrey, Illinois. Claimed three more ITF Futures titles in 2011, in Serbia, Romania, and Australia, breaking into the World’s Top 300 for the first time. Tennis heroes are Pat Rafter, because of his modesty and sportsmanship. Also Lleyton Hewitt for his on-court focus and determination. Favorite tournament is Wimbledon. He has a twin sister and younger brothers and sisters. Hobbies include playing rugby, poker, and surfing. Favorite artists include Chris Brown and Coldplay. He loves sushi.