Bjorn Fratangelo, the World No. 109 who advanced to the semi-finals at the 2017 Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open in Newport, Rhode Island, qualified for the inaugural New York Open on Monday with a third-set tie-break victory against #NextGenATP Kazakh Alexander Bublik.
The 24-year-old American spoke to ATPWorldTour.com about his favourite things to do off the court, who he admires most and more:
What’s your biggest passion outside of sport and why?
I would say food. I come from a big Italian family and I actually really enjoy cooking every time I’m back home, which isn’t too often. I always try to work on my cooking skills.
Steak and some sort of side.
What was the last book you read?
I would say Rafael Nadal’s autobiography.
Last concert or show you attended?
I was at a concert in Boca Raton a couple years ago. They had a bunch of people: The Fray, Colbie Caillat, the Goo Goo Dolls, it was like a big mix.
Favourite sport to watch besides tennis?
I would have to say basketball or I’m a big Pittsburgh Penguins fan, probably ice hockey.
Outside of your family, whom do you admire most?
If I’m going tennis I’ve got to say Roger Federer. To accomplish everything he has and he still wants to keep going, I don’t know why or how but he still wants to keep doing it and I think that’s pretty admirable.
My tennis career will be a success if ___________
If I just keep working hard and make sure everybody knows that when they play me it’s going to be a tough out and keep getting my feet wet at this level.
After my tennis career, I want to ___________
I think I want to stay in the game. I would like to stay in tennis to do what, I don’t know. But I love the sport. I love everything about it and I definitely want to stay in it.