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‘One Of The Largest In France’

Terence Atmane can be joyful to reveal a magic trick with taking part in playing cards, speak about his 158 IQ rating, or touch upon his two latest titles on the ATP Challenger Tour.

However point out the Subsequent Gen ATP Finals contender’s lifelong Pokémon card assortment, which he began in 2007, and the 21-year-old Frenchman lights up.

“I’ve one of many greatest collections in France,” Atmane informed “I [am] planning to place a video on my Instagram displaying the gathering that I’ve by the tip of the 12 months with some subtitles and the whole lot. Like 10, quarter-hour to point out individuals what it’s about, to allow them to be taught slightly bit extra about me and my assortment, the story all about it and the way it began and why.

“Once I was slightly child, I used to be watching Pokémon on TV. It got here fairly naturally, at college and the whole lot, individuals had been speaking about these Pokémon playing cards and it was fairly well-known on the planet at the moment. I bear in mind I used to be taking part in with my associates in class after which by some means I began amassing this once I was slightly boy. And this little boy nonetheless has his assortment from that point.”


Atmane’s favorite card in his assortment is the ‘Kyogre ex’ from the 2007 Crystal Guardians set.

“It’s like the best grade that you would be able to have for Pokémon playing cards,” Atmane mentioned. “I purchased it from a good friend of mine. As soon as he acquired the cardboard I informed him, ‘Okay, I wish to purchase it as a result of it is certainly one of my favorite playing cards of all time.’ So I used to be like I’ll [pay] the worth it doesn’t matter what’s the worth.” 

The #NextGenATP star loves all issues anime, manga and video video games. Sarcastically, if it weren’t for video video games, Atmane will not be knowledgeable tennis participant. The lefty began taking part in the game at age seven, due to the PlayStation recreation Virtua Tennis and Wii Sports activities.

“I used to be taking part in all day each day. In the future my mother got here again dwelling and he or she mentioned, ‘Okay, sufficient of video video games, I’ll purchase you a tennis racquet after which let’s go to a tennis membership and take a look at,’” Atmane mentioned. “Since then, I’ve by no means stopped taking part in tennis.”

Now Atmane is without doubt one of the fastest-rising stars on the ATP Challenger Tour. Previously 12 months, he has soared greater than 200 spots within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings and presently sits at a career-high World No. 149. Atmane has collected two ATP Challenger Tour titles inside the previous month: Zhangjiagang and Guangzhou.

Throughout every title run, Atmane rallied from the brink of defeat. In Zhangjiagang, he fended off six match factors within the opening spherical en path to his first Challenger trophy. Two weeks in the past in Guangzhou, Atmane saved three championship factors to defeat Australian Marc Polmans after three hours wherein the Frenchman was affected by cramps.

Terence Atmane wins the Challenger 75 event in Guangzhou, China.
Terence Atmane wins the Challenger 75 occasion in Guangzhou, China. Credit score: Guangzhou Nansha Worldwide Challenger
“I knew that once I was going to return again on exhausting court docket that I used to be going to play good, however taking part in that good? No, I wasn’t actually prepared for this,” Atmane mentioned. “I performed 5 Challengers, two semis, two titles, so I suppose the exhausting work is paying off. On one hand, I am shocked. Alternatively, I am not likely shocked as a result of I used to be able to play good on exhausting courts.”

Nicknamed ‘The Magician’, the 6’4″ Atmane is also known as fearless. In his ATP Tour debut in Zhuhai, Atmane raced to a 6-0 lead in opposition to eighth seed Yoshihito Nishioka earlier than the Japanese star mounted a comeback. Regardless of Atmane’s loss, followers had been launched to his aggressive model, in some methods akin to his idol, former World No. 5 Fernando Gonzalez.

“I am going full on the whole lot, I attempt to take each alternative that I’ve, each quick ball that I’ve to destroy the ball,” Atmane mentioned. “I attempt to function quick and as exhausting as I can. I’ve a reasonably large forehand… It is extraordinarily dangerous and it is also actually intense, bodily and mentally.”

Atmane, who’s twelfth within the Pepperstone ATP Stay Race To Jeddah, is aiming for maiden qualification on the Subsequent Gen ATP Finals. He’s certainly one of 4 Frenchman within the Prime 12 of the Race To Jeddah and with solely eight spots up for grabs, Atmane is hoping to proceed his success and probably be in Saudi Arabia alongside his finest good friend Arthur Cazaux, who’s presently in tenth place.

“We’re speaking about it just about on a regular basis like, ‘It might be superior if we had been each there,’” Atmane mentioned. “However I informed him each time that it’s not an enormous deal if I am not there and if he isn’t there, it doesn’t suggest that we’re not good gamers. We attempt to play our greatest tennis and see by the tip of the 12 months if we’re each within the Subsequent Gen.”


from Tennis – ATP World Tour



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