Getting to Know Nir
A Diamond in the rough
Current PAW Rank: 20
Current PAW Race Rank: 22
When it comes to spectacular debuts, Nir is up there with the best of them. No one ever has made such a consistent impact within their first few tournaments than the now ranked number 20 Israeli. Nir debuted with four consecutive top 4 finishes, finishing 3rd in Helsinki, equal 4th in Toronto, winning New Haven and then finishing a remarkable 4th at the US Open. All adding to this amazing feat is the fact that Nir remains a youthful 14 years old.
The amiable Ramat-Gan native is currently making the transition from a newcomer to an elite PAW player. Having ended 2003 with a rank of 29, Nir is already up to 20 and hopes to break into the top 10 as soon as possible. Nir’s best result this year was finishing 5th at Sydney, he also was 9th at Antwerp and reached the second round of the Australian Open.
Already the top ranked Israeli, we caught up with Nir after practice on another scorching day at Dubai.
Q. How did you get involved with PAW (Pick-A-Winner)?
Well I had a forum in Israel and some of the members there were also members in wtaworld so I got in as well and then I found paw...
Q. Do you enjoy playing this game?
Of course, playing paw is a fantastic way to follow the WTA tour more closely and its nice to compete with other people
Q. Who are your friends on tour? Do you travel with them?
my friends are my fellow country players like Oren987, nitsansh, camoya, nave2 and others yes we go to the same tournaments and hang out
Q. Last year you finished in the top 4 in the first four tournaments, it has been harder since, is it because others now know your game style?
Well. That is a part of it but also the fact that a lot of young and talented players came to the tour and made it much more hard to win
Q. What sort of things do you have to do behind the scenes in order to perform well at PAW?
Well, I follow the results of the players and what surface is there best and also the current form of the player and then I can pick. when we come to the end of a tourney its more tactics: who picked what and so on.
Q. You are beginning to join other games like GTL, will you continue to play PAW?
Oh yeah for sure PAW remains my number 1 game and there is no way that I am leaving it
Q. You are currently ranked 20, what are your goals this year?
I want to get in the top 10 by the end of this year and win two tourneys (I won’t resist to a GS) and also to get in the championships which is very important to me
Q. You are one of the younger players on tour, are you surprised by your success at such a young age?
No I am not surprised I think that age doesn’t make the difference if you know a lot about tennis and tennis players you can do well
Q. What is your favourite tournament to play?
Well, if there was a tournament is Israel it will be it but since there isn't one I will have to say the GS where all the good players are in and the excitement is big (also big points)
Q. Can you give me a sentence to describe the following players... SpikeyAidanm?
Great player and a wonderful manager great to work with him
In top form like always and a great contributor for the game
A little tournaments specialist has done great in this year
He showed what he can do in the masters and now in Dubai the victory is coming, impressive
I can't believe that he didn't won a tourney I’m sure he will win soon. one of the stable players in the game
Oh another great player from the front row ,showed it in Tokyo could be at the top 3 by the end of the year and maybe more.
I still don't understand why he retired he was a great player probably the best ever in paw
Has done well in 2003 and I think that in Dubai he will have a first good tourney for 2004 he could cause fear for the first place...
Q. K&J fan?
A member of the great Belgian group (they are taking over like Henin and Clijsters) a great player who had done well to be in the top 10 he can even do more for my money.
One of the veteran players I think that him managing to be Australian #2 out of all the Aussies says he is greatly consistent
I think that she is a great player, made it to the masters she needs to improve a bit to be a part of the big group (top 5)
If I’m not wrong he won Wimbledon with an amazing record that makes him part of the elite for winning a GS can perform a bit better in the regular tourneys.
Was a great player last year but something happened this year and he has not done very well maybe he will find his form back soon
A fresh GS finalist but I that with a little practice he can do even better and from then the sky is the limit...
Well another great player but hasn’t found his form in 2004 yet a top 10 and maybe more is his place.
Well last year he was great in winning two tourneys almost back to back that got him up the rankings but he is not adjusting this year but when he will its risky for the top.
I remember him winning the US OPEN I was very close to him but not close enough hasn’t done very well since then though
He is a great player but its a shame that his fanatics to the game makes him cheat and not play the game like it should be, I hope that he got over it by now
Q. And how would you describe your own game style?
It's hard to describe I am great mentally but the question for me is can I get to the top and I’m not seeing it happen now but I will keep my cool and will play the same way like before hoping that it will bring me to achieving my goals
Q. Do you think addiction to PAW is due to the desire to win?
Yes it's a great part of it you want to win and it control you and even it makes you pick against your favourites players if it happens to any of the players then they are addicted.
Q. How many years do you see yourself playing until you retire?
A lot, I’m hoping to play a lot of years from now but I’m not sure where will I be in this time so who knows...
Q. Do you think this game will grow more and more?
Oh I’m sure the game is in good hands and there are a lot of ideas to expend this game I’m hoping that it will happen soon
Q. Finally how would you describe your style of play?
I play calm, not affected by other players picks although I’m aware to them and I’m
Q. Thank you for your time, Nir, we appreciate it.
End of Interview.