USATT Insider poses 11 questions to New Orleans' Martin Del Vecchio
1) Why do you play?
To To improve. There’s nothing like seeing your practice pay off in a tournament.
2) Which is your favorite tournament?
North American Team Championships. The number of matches and variety of players makes for a great learning experience every year.
3) Who is your primary nemesis?
John Beaumont. A New Orleans stalwart, John has a powerful forehand attack and tricky serves.
4) What is your favorite game tactic to score?
Reverse pendulum short underspin or short dead ball to their forehand and then forehand attack.
5) Thoughts on the Poly Ball.
Nittaku and Xushaofa are very playable and I have no problem with the change however I would like to see more diversity of production to drive down prices and has anyone found a decent poly 1 star or training ball?
6) Toughest Loss?
T.J. Beebe because I was up 10-4 in the 5th game in Pensacola, Florida and I squandered the opportunity, losing 13-11 and leaving me befuddled at how those points slipped away so quickly.
7) Greatest Win?
Joe Xie (2386), deuce in the 5th.
8) How you prepare for a tournament?
As much practice as possible leading up to it. Stay relaxed and don’t sweat the small stuff.
9) When you see a new player at the club, what do you do?
Try to get them hitting as soon as possible. I can get to know them while playing or during breaks. Get them playing!
10) Player you would most like to play in a tournament?
Ma Long. I would like to see the pace and have a powerful reminder of my weaknesses even if I did collect a few bagels.
11) If you had to face Lily Zhang or Kanak Jha what would your game plan be?
I would try to make them uncomfortable by mixing up the serves and amount of spin. If that isn’t working, I would just focus on serving short to get into the point and then be confident and loose.