The Last Time With... Laslo Djere
If the Serbian triumphs, it will be the third consecutive year in which he has earned tour-level glory. The World No. 57 said that he doesn’t have any specific goals.
“I don't make strict goals so that I tell myself, 'I want to do this and this this year [I want to do that],'” Djere said. “But I have in my mind an idea of the things which would [make] me happy and satisfied and fulfilled.”
It’s safe to say lifting another trophy would fit into those categories. ATPTour.com recently caught up with the 25-year-old, who revealed the last time…
I missed a flight?
Actually I missed once 2016, but it was in transit and our first flight was late, so that's why. But otherwise, I've never missed a flight because I got late to the airport or something like that. I don’t get to the airport too early, but one and a half to two hours, probably.
I lost something important?
I got a bracelet from my girlfriend last month, and so far I can't find it. She knows, I've had it for a while. It's not that I just lost it immediately.
I went to a sports event that was not tennis?
In 2019 [I went] to a basketball game in Serbia. It was I think February. I didn't go [to games] so much but once in a while I go and I like it. Unfortunately I don't have the time to do it on a regular basis.
My favourite player was Dwyane Wade, so I supported the team where he was playing so for 10 or so years it was Miami Heat. I liked the way he was playing his game, how he handled the tough moments, the clutch moments and shots and how he was behaving. He was a fighter and you could see that fire inside of him. I really liked that kind of mentality and everything. Now I support LeBron James and the Lakers.
I achieved a big goal?
Last year winning Sardinia, it was my second ATP Tour title. But for something I did for the first time it was, I have to say, winning Rio - my first ATP title - breaking into maybe the Top 40. I was No. 37 after that tournament, so that was quite big for me.
I cooked for myself or someone else?
I do from time to time, but I'm not sure if I did it when I was at home before [travelling to] Argentina [in March]. Maybe I did an omelette or something like that for breakfast but nothing complicated. I mean I cook sometimes, dinner or something like that, but it's not really that I really like it. But I really like to bake: some apple pie or brownies or cookies or some cheesecake, some things like that.
I met a childhood idol?
I can't really remember. I mean when I was a kid maybe some tennis players that were my idols but I met them a long time ago I guess. Someone like Novak, I met him when I was a child. First I guess I saw him playing in the Davis Cup and that was also good for me and exciting. I can't remember [the details] because I was really small and really young, but for sure it motivated me.
I paid to rent a tennis court?
Maybe during the off-season, balls, all the time except during tournaments. Back home I buy my balls. [People in Serbia recognize me], but sometimes I practise in private clubs so I have to pay for the courts as well.
Being a tennis player helped me?
Maybe in Australia. Before our flight back home, one of the Serbian guys, Nikola Cacic, helped us — me and my physio — with my luggage because we were overweight with out bags, so we put some stuff in Nikola's bag.
I strung a tennis racquet?
I don't know how to string them, so never. I don't really have the desire to try.
I asked someone for a selfie?
I was at a wedding and my friend was getting married and I asked him to take a selfie.