Wednesday, December 29, 2021 11:59 AM
Timi Babos, barely fifteen years old, when he became a member of the MOL Team, we talked to the best player in the history of Hungarian tennis about the beginnings during the holidays.
The two oldest motorcyclists of the MOL Team are the two standing stars of contemporary Hungarian sports, Áron Szilágyi and Tímea Babos. The three-time Olympic champion swordsman and the three-time world champion, four-time Grand Slam winner, have also been sponsored by the company in MOL’s Talent Support Program, both of which have since become part of the professional support team. Moreover, they were even taught each other in French at our request:
Babos Timi needed support not only because tennis is an extremely expensive sport, but also because the classic of the MOL Team is real. self-made player: was not backed by a serious infrastructure, dietitian, physical and mental trainer, nor a communication and PR team. He was coached by his father, and his mother and sister provided him with support.
“As tennis is perhaps the most expensive sport, support from the New Europe Foundation has come in very handy, with the amount I received being more of a gesture than the cost of the competition. “A few years later, the line-up was quite different, that’s when the company’s logo appeared on my clothes, and I’ve been proud of seeing such a big company in my support ever since. I think I’ve done my part in the business, too.” Timi added with a smile.
The European Youth Champion
“It cannot be said that we are a tennis nation, and I came from a small town in Hungary, yet I managed to achieve results that perhaps few people expected.
At the age of nineteen, I was the youngest top100 competitor, and I played ten of the fourteen Grand Slam finals in Hungarian tennis and won four. “I have come a long way and I am proud to have built a good working relationship with MOL during the big march.”
Defiance is part of the family heritage
Although at first it did not look like Timi would become the tennis class of the Babos family, but from his sister, Zsuzsi, life eventually brought the head of the family to see the potential star in his younger daughter. You can read more about this in our interview with Zsuzsi on World Brotherhood Day:
“My sister also put very serious things on the table, she became a university champion in America, but she was more attracted to studying, so she returned home from the United States with two degrees and let go of tennis. The truth is, I owe a lot to him, for he has treaded my way in front of me, providing spiritual support without which I might not be here. ”
“Dad and Zsu traveled the world, experiencing every part of the professional tennis circus, and so it was a lot easier for me. However, that alone would not have been enough, it also took me to fight defiantly, clenching my teeth for every step, to succeed. “The other keyword besides defiance was maybe humility, I never cheated, I always tried to do my job one hundred percent. I had to, because in vain my family put everything but literally everything into my career, my opportunities they were different, like a young American player. ”
“Dad didn’t even want to deal with me at first, but Mom chewed his ears until he took me to a featured national championship at the age of ten, where I was knocked out in the final set. Then he saw something in me and went in to deal with me, but first he wanted to make sure I had enough perseverance, so in the first few weeks I was more frog-biting and strengthening than I had a tennis racket in my hand. But I didn’t break it, I went and did everything he said, ”Timi recalled.
The breakthrough came in Moscow
Timi’s huge achievements among juniors were embedded in the European Youth Championships held in Moscow.
“My ankle was injured in the Hungarian age group, the doctors didn’t even want to let me compete, but I was adamant. “With huge bindings and ankle protectors, and after the first 1-2 laps it turned out I could handle the stamina, I finally managed to win the European Championships. Since I was a year younger than the field, it turned out to us that there was nothing impossible in front of me. I am reaching out. ”
With Sloane Stephens, they won everything among the youth
“By then, I was already looking for big-name universities, including Berkeley in California, where Zsu graduated, but it was decided in Moscow that my trip would be tennis. Dad also taught me to pair from a very young age, and my sister brought the know-how from America because the couple is taught tennis at a very young age. It turned out that I won many tournaments in singles, but I had the biggest success in pairs. ”
There is still a lot to do
Timi has amazing results behind him at the age of 28, winning a total of twenty-seven WTA tournaments, six losers in the Grand Slam in addition to the four winners (he has already played finals in all GS), and of course there are three world title titles, one of which He won with Hlavacková and two with Kiki Mladenovic. If Kiki was mentioned…
“It hurts, of course, that it still hurts, and I’m not saying it didn’t affect our relationship, but our friendship remained. “I still don’t understand his decision, especially his timing, but I wish him a lot of success. How are we ever going to pair together again? Well, I don’t know the answer, but I never say no to anything in advance.”
“I don’t feel like I’m done with tennis at all. A good staff works around me, my dad does my professional training, and my friend Zoltán Németh is responsible for fitness tasks. I am finally healthy and looking forward to 2022.
I’m sure I’ll skip the Australian Open, but I hope to get back on track in serious races soon, and I’d like to pair in February. ” Timi closed his thoughts.
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