Up Close with ... Novak Djokovic
04/09/2009 11:16 AM
04/09/2009 6:07 PM
Editor's note: Neuman brothers Danny and Pacey, both 13, and Mikey, 15, are sports fanatics and Miami Beach locals, who interview a different professional athlete each month and Sports Scene features their Q&As. Visit www.CBS4.com/sportskids and www.youtube.com/sportsbrothers to watch this and previous interviews.
This month, the Neuman brothers interview tennis player Novak Djokovic.
Q: What was you first big purchase after you received your first big paycheck? A: I think was sixteen when I got my first paycheck. It was not much, probably around 100 dollars. I went and bought lunch for all of my friends and celebrated.
Q: Who did you look up to as a kid and why?
A: As a tennis player, I had my idol and it was Pete Sampris. I remember the picture I had of him holding up the Wimbledon trophy and I imagined myself in that position.
Q: What’s the most meaningful gift you’ve ever received?
A: I think my brothers.
Q: What was your biggest fear as a kid?
A: Animals probably. I was just afraid of some animals like snakes and spiders.
Q: As a kid, what was one of the funniest things that ever happened to you?
A: I was maybe 7-8 years old and I went with my school somewhere south of our country and we went camping. We went early in the morning and came back in the evening and I came back without underwear! Because there was no toilet and we were in the middle of the forest and I couldn’t go anywhere so unfortunately I was in the towel for the rest of the trip!
Q: What’s the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you on the court?
A: I think when I did impersonations of the other players, that’s probably the funniest thing that’s ever happened to me. I really surprised myself. I didn’t think I was able to do that, but I think most of the people liked it so I’m really happy.
Q: What was your most meaningful moment as a kid?
A: When I started playing tennis, I was four years old and I played in front of the restaurant that my parents still own.
Q: Can you tell us something about yourself that people would be surprised to know?
A: I’m a sports guy. I really like sports besides tennis. I like to ski. I like snow.
Cartoon Character: Bugs Bunny
Ice Cream Flavor: Strawberry
Movie: Slumdog millionaire
Toy as a kid: Any cars
Video game: Virtua Tennis with my brothers.
Drink: water or energetic drinks
Ride at Disney world: I was afraid of going on Tower of Terror.
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