There are those little coincidences of the work which makes that a press conference ends up being a one-on-one with a player, like it happened for us last year with Coco Vandeweghe.
The same happened in Paris with Japanese youngster Yoshihito Nishioka, for whom the only English-speaking journalist present was the BATennis World representative.
Here is what he had to say following his first-round defeat to Tomas Berdych:
Q. This was your first complete Grand Slam match. I know you played a US Open before. You were playing on the center court against a top 10 player. How do you feel and what were your feelings going this match here?
YOSHIHITO NISHIOKA: Well, the first set I was very nervous, so that’s why it’s pretty quick, the set. But after first set a little bit looser. Then I can play like my play, so a little bit close. I had a couple chances, but he didn’t give me like easy points so I couldn’t get. I feel that I had chances, so, I mean, maybe if I play more the top-10 players, if I feeling like more no nervous, maybe I can get a set or I can play more close against top-10 player, I think.
Q. When you qualified to Delray Beach quarterfinals, you were the first youngster to do that since Nishikori in 2008. You have many similarities with Kei. You train in America at IMG.
YOSHIHITO NISHIOKA: Uh-huh.
Q. You have South American coach, just like Kei. First I want to know what kind of advices Kei gives you, if he talks to you, and if you feel like you’re following his steps in a way, like his own path?
YOSHIHITO NISHIOKA: Well, we don’t talk so much about tennis with Kei, but I have to learn from him like how he’s playing. He’s also small, not that tall, but he’s playing like play aggressive. Also his defense is pretty well, too. Like placement is pretty good. He always changing the ball, like defense. Like placement is also very good. So I have to learn about him.
Q. You said that your idol was Marcelo Rios. You’re training with a Brazilian coach. What do you know about South American tennis culture?
YOSHIHITO NISHIOKA: Well, actually we finish already with Brazilian coach. Well, I mean, it’s about tennis or some… About tennis? Well, from Brazilian coach, he say something like, Play bit more aggressive and stay more lower than moving more well. For Marcelo Rios, I like how he’s playing. Like very fun to watch him to playing. Many dropshot; going to the net; sometimes hit so hard; sometimes like angle shot; he is doing like many kind of play. Also he’s small, so that’s why I like him then. I want to play like him.
Q. And the Argentinians? Do you like any?
YOSHIHITO NISHIOKA: Argentinians?
Q. Gaudio, Del Potro, Nalbandian, Coria.
YOSHIHITO NISHIOKA: Yeah, Nalbandian. He was using Yonex, too.
Q. And Pico?
YOSHIHITO NISHIOKA: Yeah, also.