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2011 YSPOTY contenders: Liam Broady Q&A

British tennis star Liam Broady has been a Wimbledon finalist twice!
British tennis star Liam Broady has been a Wimbledon finalist twice!

Liam Broady is one of British tennis' rising stars, reaching the Boys' Singles final at Wimbledon earlier this year, beating the Junior world number one on the way.

The 17-year-old had previously triumphed at the All England Club when he won the Boys' Doubles in 2010. Tennis runs in his family - his sister, Naomi, 21, is a former UK Under-18s champion and he is trained by his dad.

Here are his answers to the questions posed by the School Reporters from Hamble College in Hampshire. And you can find out more about the other nine contenders for the Young Sports Personality of the Year prize here.


Q: What do the 2012 Olympics/Paralympics being in London mean to you?

A: London 2012 means a lot to me. It gives me a great sense of pride that London will be the first city to hold the modern Olympic Games three times and that some of the best athletes in the world will come to England to compete in the biggest sporting event in the world. It also brings a great sense of unity in times of uncertainty.

Q: When did you first realise you wanted a career in your sport and why?

A: The first time I realised I wanted a career in sport was when I went to France for my first tournament outside England. I realised that people who excel in sport get to see a lot of different things from a lot of different cultures and get to meet some fantastic people.

Q: How do you balance the usual life of a teenager with being a high achiever in sport?

A: I think that one of the sacrifices you make to be a good sportsman is having a normal teenage life, although when I'm home I make time to see my friends and hang out with them as much as possible.

Q: Who has been the most important person to get you where you are today?

A: The most important person to get me to where I am today has been my dad. He has been coaching me and travelling to tournaments with me since I first started playing tennis. He motivates me to train hard and I want to make him proud.

Q: What would you like to have achieved in 10 years' time?

A: In 10 years' time I would like to have won a Grand Slam and to have been in the top 10 of the ATP. I would also like to still be playing on the pro-circuit and improving my game day-by-day.

Q: If you could have an Olympic or Paralympic ticket for 2012, which event would it be for and why?

A: The event I would like to see most would be the 200m sprint finals. To see Usain Bolt, the fastest man on the planet, in the flesh would be incredible.

30 Seconds To Mars at the MTV awards ceremony
30 Seconds To Mars are one of Liam's favourite bands

Q: What music do you listen when you train?

A: When I train I like to listen to a lot of different things depending on my mood, like Eminem, Nero, Led Zeppelin and 30 Seconds to Mars.

Q: Do you have to have a special diet for your training? If so, what do you miss most when you're on it?

A: When I'm training I have no specific diet although I have to eat as healthy as possible to prepare for each day. The food I miss the most would have to be fish and chips!

Q: What has been the best - and the worst - moments of your sporting career so far?

A: The best moment of my sporting career so far would have to be either Wimbledon 2010 when I won the Boys' Doubles final with my friend Tom Farquharson or when I won my quarter-final match of Wimbledon 2011 against Robin Kern 13-11 in the third set.

My worst sporting moments would have to be whenever I feel I have underachieved or lost matches that I should have won.

Q: Who was your childhood idol and why?

A: My biggest childhood idol was David Beckham because he is a fantastic role model for all English sportsmen and he has always kept his feet firmly on the ground.



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