The young player from Jerez accesses the junior main draw and will debut in his first Grand Slam in Paris.
At the beginning of 2018, Pablo Llamas (2002) was around the 700 ITF Junior ranking and was beginning to play his first international «Grade 5» tournaments. Today, the young player of the Ferrer Tennis Academy gains access to the main draw of the clay court tournament par excellence, Roland Garros.
Undoubtedly, Llamas is experiencing an evolution in his game that has released him until breaking into the Top 50 Junior. Evolution fostered by his technical, tactical, physical and mental work by his team of professionals at the Ferrer Tennis Academy. This is a fact that confirms that the Ferrer Method works and is at the forefront of world tennis learning methods.
We talk with his technical ATF coach Javier Martí, who highlights Pablo’s resilience and mental strength.
Q: What technical aspects would you highlight about Pablo?
A: Pablo has a very good forehand and a good change of direction and above all he has a lot of ease to foresee the game of his rival.
Q: Is he a self-motivated boy or does he need support to reverse situations against in the match?
A: No. With the score against him, he self-motivates to reverse the situation to achieve victory
Q: Being so young, how does he mentally assume his participation in a Grand Slam?
A: He is very excited. Being the first Grand Slam and also having achieved direct access to the main draw, he is very excited to measure himself with the best of the junior circuit.
Physical condition is a key and fundamental part of current tennis. An aspect that undoubtedly works in a personalized way at the academy run by Javier Ferrer and that has a great team of professional staff committed to the sporting goals of tennis players.
Jaume Ros, former physical trainer of David Ferrer in his last stage as a professional and responsible for the fitness area reveals some keys to get tennis players like Pablo reach their maximum level and physical endurance.
Q: Is Pablo a physically self-demanding boy?
A: In that sense, when Pablo arrived at ATF he had problems adapting to the high level of physical demand that we had been developing with the players. However, in just two months, the work dynamics rose, which has made him currently fit for the workload we designed him weekly.
Q: How does injury prevention work?
A: At ATF we work in a personalized way to prevent injuries since each body is different and requires specific treatments that are periodically modified according to needs. With this type of exercise we try to compensate for the Physical wear produced by the high performance sport that involves six hours of daily training for six days a week.
Q: How do you assess Pablo’s general physical condition to face the demanding schedule for a player of his level?
A: Pablo is a well-trained young man with great muscular quality despite his young age with whom we work aerobic and anaerobic aspects in an equitable and controlled manner and is certainly prepared to withstand the training sessions that are essential to struggle against the best players in the world.
There is a valuable opportunity for Pablo Llamas to consolidate himself among the best ones and to confirm that his last good results have not been luck strokes, nor has his Junior Davis Cup been fortuitous. Having proclaimed champion of the Orange Bowl 2018 in Florida in U-16 category has promoted the best version of this young tennis player from Jerez who maintains that his evolution is based on working with his team of confidence and daily sacrifice.
Pablo is sincere a few days after its premiere in his favorite tournament with which he dreams someday to raise the «Cup of the Musketeers».
Q: What is your daily routine to achieve the Top 50 that has led you to qualify for Roland Garros Junior?
A: I wake up at 7:30 a.m. every day for breakfast at the Academy Residence and head to the Club to begin my training at 8:45 a.m. I start with one hour of physical preparation and at 10am I jump in the court to train the technical part until 12pm. We take a break to have luch and resume training at 2:15 p.m. until 5 p.m. Normally I go to a physiotherapy session to relax the muscles or I go home to rest and recover for the next day.
Q: What do you sacrifice every day to be so competitive?
A: It is very hard for me to be away from my family and my friends. I am a very sociable guy and I was always surrounded by my people and that is what I miss the most.
Q: What are your motivations in life to fight so much for your dreams?
A: It motivates me to give everything in each tournament and be among the best ones in the world in the future to be able to give back to my parents all their support, effort and sacrifice that they are doing each day and to show my gratitude for the trust they have placed in me.
Q: How do you face your first participation in a Grand Slam?
A: I face it with great enthusiasm, a lot of desire to do it well and hoping that positive results will arrive to us.
Q: What are your expectations for RG and for the rest of the season?
A: At Roland Garros I hope I can get into the top eight and for the rest of the season we have scheduled some participations in the Adult Circuit as WTT tournaments and some Challenger tournaments, but do not leave out my Junior category to be able to qualify for the most Grand Slams possible.
Q: How is this milestone for you in your family environment?
A: They live it with great enthusiasm. They are also very excited and proud. They always told me that I have no pressure and that I do my best and that I enjoy tennis.
With that humility and sympathy that characterizes him, he concludes the interview that will undoubtedly be the first of many that the young player of the Ferrer Tennis Academy will grant if he continues to reap professional success, but yes, without forgetting his origins and his human quality.