The Fierce Aggressive Spirit Of Alex Michelsen

Down match level within the opening spherical of this week’s ATP Challenger Tour occasion in Cary, North Carolina, 19-year-old Alex Michelsen survived a lung-busting rally at 6/7 within the second-set tie-break earlier than letting out a loud roar.

Michelsen was on the ropes of defeat to Frenchman Maxime Janvier, however the American held his nerve to outlive 5-7, 7-6(7), 6-3 after two hours, 18 minutes. Although it was a good, heavy-hitting battle, {the teenager} appeared calm, cool and picked up. On the within, Michelsen’s fiery aggressive spirit got here alive alongside a methodical strategy to show the match round.

“I simply advised myself, ‘Preserve calm and attempt to make as many balls as you may and hopefully he’ll offer you some errors,’” Michelsen advised “After which he gave me a pair and that was all I wanted to get again within the match. I performed an excellent level to avoid wasting match level after which I simply discovered a method, so it was good.”


The California native raced by way of the third set and put up match went to chill down within the health club, the place he was using a stationary bike whereas enjoying Conflict Royale on his telephone. At the moment eighth within the Pepperstone ATP Reside Race To Jeddah, Michelsen’s dedication to be the perfect goes past tennis.

“I am aggressive in the whole lot, like after I play video video games. I used to be simply born that method. Typically it could actually most likely be annoying for a few of us,” Michelsen mentioned.

“I am so aggressive in ping pong. Once I was on the US Open, I performed most likely 45 video games of ping pong with Learner Tien. He acquired me, he beat me by like two or three video games within the collection. We performed a lot ping pong.”

A local of Laguna Hills, California, Michelsen is likely one of the quickest rising stars within the sport. This time final 12 months, he was No. 1,015 within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings. Michelsen has risen to a career-high World No. 117 on the again of a breakout season during which he made the ultimate on the ATP 250 occasion in Newport.

In August, the #NextGenATP star introduced he would forgo his faculty eligibility on the College of Georgia and as an alternative flip professional. A memorable second quickly adopted when he earned his maiden main main-draw victory on the US Open.

Regardless of the fast success at a younger age, Michelsen shouldn’t be getting caught up in his potential.

“It’s fairly straightforward for me to deal with the day-to-day. My coaches all the time inform me, ‘When you put within the work, then you definately’ll find yourself greater than others,’” Michelsen mentioned. “Sure there’s potential, nevertheless it doesn’t suggest something for those who do not put within the work day by day. I simply attempt to maintain my head down and maintain that up for as a few years as I can.”

Maybe even a greater signal for Michelsen’s coaches, Eric Diaz and Jay Leavitt, on the Tier 1 Efficiency Academy in Laguna Niguel, California, is the truth that the American works laborious and enjoys doing so.

“Nothing’s higher than the grind. ‘You gotta love the grind’, I inform myself on a regular basis,” Michelsen mentioned. “As a result of for those who do not like it, then being on the tennis tour actually sucks for those who do not love the grind, however fortunately I do.”

Alex Michelsen in action Tuesday at the Atlantic Tire Championships.
Alex Michelsen in motion Tuesday on the Atlantic Tire Championships. Credit score: Alexis Galloway

Michelsen’s sturdy work ethic comes particularly in helpful when he’s deep right into a five-hour coaching session.

“While you’re on hour 4, four-and-a-half hours on courtroom, it is like you must push the additional half-hour, you must push it,” Michelsen mentioned. “Typically you could have motivation, typically you do not. However it’s not about motivation, it is about self-discipline. And you must have that day by day.”

The second seed, who in July gained his maiden ATP Challenger Tour title in Chicago, will subsequent meet American qualifier Sturdy Kirchheimer within the second spherical of the Atlantic Tire Championships on Wednesday.

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