Teymuraz Gabashvili

Teymuraz Gabashvili is currently the highest ranked Russian tennis player on professional tour. He began playing tennis at the age of six in Tbilisi, Georgia, then moved to Moscow and this year as 30 years old reached his best ATP ranking (50). He is very modest and loves spending time with his daughter Nicole.

Teimuraz, at age 30 you are no.1 Russian player on tour and this year has been probably your best one. What is behind the results and your highest career ranking?

TG: Well, I am not the same player I was 5 years ago. The strokes are the same. I did not need to change my technique, but I changed my tactical and mental approach. My coach Guillermo Canas (former ATP player no.8) taught me how to find ways when the match gets difficult. We also work on making my performance more consistent...in the match and through out the season.

What can you tell us about ATP professional and using analytics, statistics? Do you evaluate your game and match performance with your coach? If yes, why do you thing it is important?

TG: Those stats are important mainly for my coach. I think, that the coaches should look at those numbers and use them to make the player better. For us players it doesn’t do much. Perhaps it’s good to see the stats at the end of the year in order to improve certain parts of my game the next year.

Might be a bit personal question, but what could you tell us about importance of correct parenting in tennis? It is probably the most critical topic and most crucial issue in every tennis players development. How was your childhood as a tennis player and what would you do different. Some recommendations to the tennis parents reading this?

TG: I don’t have any recommendations or some formula for correct tennis parenting! Every player is different and it is up to the parents what they do. There are cultural differences as well. In Russia the parents get very involved, but in United States coaches don’t allow parents to come to trainings. Germany might be different as well as other countries. This makes tennis very interesting. This is also a very complicated question or topic to answer. My parents were tough and pushed me a bit when I was young, but I don’t regret anything now. Tennis is a life journey and I am thankful for what I got.

What do you think about the idea and philosophy of mytennisprofile.com. Is connecting people involved in competitive tennis from around the world going to help anyone?

TG: Look, I am here in the players lounge in Paris Bercy and here I have everyone I need around me. You can also find my profile on MTP, but his website is a great idea especially for lower ranked pros, or juniors looking for scholarships, sponsors and money leagues. I hope it works out well.