He did not have to fight for the Olympics. Filip Polášek, a doubling specialist, offered him participation in Tokyo. Tennis player Lukáš Klein (23) will soon experience several premieres – he will play in the Olympics for the first time, he has never been to Japan before and he has not challenged any elite couple in doubles. “However, it is an open matter. You can win over anyone in the doubles,” says a native of Spiš.
We had to talk to you about the interview. Does this mean that you are distracted by other than Olympic ideas?
Definitely not. It’s because I’m more of an introvert and I’m not looking for publicity. Conversations don’t bother me or distract me, they just don’t fit me.
Have you had an unpleasant experience?
Not that. I’m just a more closed type.
However, it is difficult to separate media responsibilities from the career of a professional tennis player…
(smile) Yes, I realize that. This is all part of it. But it will never be the case that I will look for an opportunity to make myself visible.
How many hours a day do you spend with Filip Polášek on the court?
Two. We started preparing at the beginning of the week. Tennis is a sport where you are constantly training, it’s just a matter of getting used to each other. Over the weekend we will fly to Tokyo, where we will also try training matches.
How much time will it take for you to have a good time on the court?
From this point of view, it will be more important next week in Japan, where we will try it against other couples as well. We haven’t agreed on anything yet. However, the truth is that we did not meet for the first time, we know what we can expect from each other. We played something together in the Davis Cup.
By the way, how does it feel to have a star deblist next to you? Isn’t that binding?
Not really. I’m not stressed about it, I’m not afraid that I should spoil something on Filip’s court. I’m going to give the best possible performance – for myself and for Polášek. I have no idea what the public expects of us, but we know what we want to play there. Doubles is often only a few balls.Read more Tokyo is a complication. Will it look like the Olympics at all?
Does the elite doubler see the doubles differently?
His double preparation is different. It’s not like I’m going to play something I see for the first time, but still, Filip plays doubles every day. I’m sure they’ll advise me something or I’ll watch something. For example, reading a game, various situations, which he has played out in vain.
Polášek had the right to choose a teammate. Did he let you know?
Yes, he called me. I was very happy. It’s something that doesn’t happen to you every day or every year. The Olympics is a huge event that I have only watched on television so far. I am full of expectations.
The doubles is very unfathomable. Is it possible that anything can happen there?
You have to have a quality, but if the conditions work out and you are inclined to be lucky, you can beat anyone. Tennis is balanced, the singles are also open, but it’s even more pronounced in the doubles. There are fewer key moments and when you manage them, you have success at your fingertips.
Did you talk about ambitions together?
We haven’t talked about this directly, and I don’t even want to talk for Philip, but I have no idea where we might go. But I don’t want to talk about it out loud.
Have you already watched the names of couples you might come across?
I haven’t studied it yet. Not that I don’t care, but we still have a pre-Olympic week ahead of us and we will see many of those couples right on the court. And I will also have time to see who is eligible as an opponent. However, it will be more of Filip’s floor, he knows the pair, the players, he meets them regularly.
Conquering the Croatian Dodiga with Čilič could be interesting, right?
Probably more for Philip (laughs). Anyway, a scalp like that would please me too. But that’s every win.
Many tennis players weight or travel to the other side of the world in the middle of the season. Didn’t it disrupt your plans?
Of course, I could also look at it by losing two or three tournaments. But I’m far from qualifying for the Olympics myself, I’m going there thanks to Polášek. I didn’t even think about giving up. After all, it is one of the tennis highlights.
Have you ever been to Japan?
No, I’m going there for the first time.
It probably doesn’t often happen that you go somewhere you haven’t been before…
Not in the European sense, in the world there are still countries where I have not been before. And am I looking forward to it? It will not be a license plate, I will only move between the Olympic village and the tennis courts. Everything else will be banned.
You probably imagined the Olympic premiere under different conditions…
I would definitely rather experience it without restrictions, such a real Olympics. I don’t even know what it will be like with the ceremony. It is certain that I will not get to other sports venues. What symbolizes Olympicism will be missing there this time.
Are you used to watching the Olympics in the past? Is there a moment that is etched in your memory?
I never sat in front of the TV for two whole weeks. But I didn’t miss some things. I remember Vancouver 2010 and the ride of our hockey players. I was still a student, they also let us on the school radio.
If you could choose one event to watch in Tokyo, what would it be?
I would definitely go somewhere, I don’t have a special preference. It would also depend on my program. Tennis probably wouldn’t be (smile).
And would you take a selfie with someone?
I’ll go back to the beginning – I’m more introvert, asking someone for a photo together is foreign to me. I’d probably go check out the American NBA stars. That would definitely be worth it.
A year ago, you told us that in your youth you admired Djokovic the most, but gradually you became a fan of Federer. If we told you today that the Serb is the best player of all time, will you tell us?
No, why? Everyone has the right to an opinion. Mine is not clear – it looks like Djokovic will overtake Federer and Nadal in the number of grand slams, but for me, all three are huge champions. I admire them.
Source: Pravda.sk – Šport – Futbal – Hokej by sport.pravda.sk.
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