Doubles Star To Tournament Director: Fyrstenberg Begins New Era In Sopot
Mariusz Fyrstenberg enjoyed a successful career on the ATP World Tour for nearly 16 years. But now, the Pole has embarked on a new journey within professional tennis: tournament director on the ATP Challenger Tour.
Fyrstenberg has kicked off a new era of tennis in his native Poland, joining a growing list of former players who have transitioned to become Challenger tournament directors. This week, the inaugural Sopot Open is drawing rave reviews under the direction of the 38-year-old.
A star on the doubles court, the affable Pole earned the respect and admiration of his peers en route to reaching No. 6 in the ATP Doubles Rankings. An 18-time champion at the tour-level, he was also a finalist at the 2011 Nitto ATP Finals and 2011 US Open alongside longtime partner Marcin Matkowski. Fyrstenberg's biggest triumphs came at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Madrid, where he teamed with Matkowski to lift the trophy in both 2008 and '12.
The Warsaw native joins Arnaud Clement (Aix-en-Provence), Rik de Voest (Vancouver), Luis Horna (Lima) and Andres Gomez (Guayaquil) among former pros who have left their racquet to give back to the sport at the Challenger level.
Fyrstenberg spoke to ATPWorldTour.com about his new role...