Tipsarevic has enjoyed the support of French manufacturer Tecnifibre for many years and when his racket sponsor approached him with the idea of the 28-year-old mentoring some of the younger players on its books he jumped at the chance.
Tecnifibre, based just outside Paris, has long been associated with its role in developing talent. Its tagline is ‘Leading the Next Generation’ and it has a number of the world’s leading juniors on its touring team. The project has seen Tipsarevic hook up with a handful of Tecnifibre’s youngsters at different tournaments throughout the 2012 ATP calendar, spending time on the practice court, helping them with technique, tactics, training tips and trying to improve their attitude towards life as a tennis professional. So far, the Belgrade-born star has spent time with American junior world No.6 Mitchell Krueger in Indian Wells in March, Armel Rancezot from France at the Monte Carlo Masters in April and the 2010 Junior Wimbledon champion Marton Fucsovics at the ATP 250 event in Gstaad, Switzerland, during the summer.
“I’ve enjoyed it very, very, very much,” says Tipsarevic. “Each tournament I share my experience on tour with a different junior coming from a different country. They become my sparing partners, my mates for a week. We always exchange our email addresses afterwards to remain in touch. They know they can always contact me if they need anything.”
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