Nicolas Mahut is perhaps best known for his marathon match again John Isner at the 2011 Wimbledon championships but he is a regular at the Newport tournament, a formidable grass court player and huge fan favorite. We caught up with him earlier this week and once again he was both gracious and charming. Enjoy!
If you could switch places with anyone and live their life for one day, who would it be and why?
Tough question. I would pick the U.S. President because I want to see the parts of the White House that regular people cannot see.
What is your favorite piece of clothing?
Hmm. I really like casual stuff but now since I am with Lacoste, I have to wear a lot of their stuff but I love fashion. It’s tough to pick one.
If you could sit down and have a conversation with 3 people who would they be?
Nelson Mandela, for sure. General de Gaulle and maybe a sportsman, like Michael Jordan.
What is something you do when no one else is watching?
Playing with my son.
If you weren’t a tennis player you would be?
A sports journalist.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
This is a question you have to ask to my friends or people who know me. It’s not easy to talk about…I don’t like to talk about myself.
*He thought for a few seconds, came up with "honest" and then suggested we ask his friends – Adrian Mannarino & Edouard Roger-Vasselin who were sitting nearby. They come over to help Nico and are seemingly stumped and there is laughter all around. Adrian suggests "elegant" but Nico shoots it down.*
The end result? “ Honest, hard worker, and easy going”.
If you had a time machine and could go back and change one thing, what would it be?
I would like to go back and see my mum.
What is the first thing you grab from your refrigerator in the morning?
Milk for my cereal [laughter].
What is your favorite song on you iPod right now?
Actually it’s broken so I have to get another one [laughter] but anything by Muse is by far my favorite.
What is your favorite TV show?
I like music shows like The Voice and American Idol. I prefer American TV shows.
What do you think is your worst quality?
What do you think is your best quality?
It’s kind of the same question (see 3 words) [laughter].
OTGT – okay, how about we go with “easy going”?
NM – Yes, yes, I like that.
If you were stranded on an island and could take one player and one thing to help you get off the island, which player would you take and what would you bring?
I would pick John (Isner), and let him pick the thing, or Michael Llodra because he can always find a solution.
Photo by Jennifer Knapp for OnTheGoTennis