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Celebrating Father’s Day | Interview with Marco Trungelliti

In honor of Father’s Day this Sunday, June 16, the PTPA caught up with Argentine player Marco Trungelliti about fatherhood, his favorite memories with his son, and how becoming a dad has impacted his professional tennis career. Continue reading to learn more about Marco and his experience as as father.

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads of tennis!

Marco, what are the biggest differences you have experienced competing on the professional tennis tour since becoming a father?

The biggest difference for me is that before becoming a father, I felt like I was giving much more importance to the losses (in general) than I should have been. Tennis was on my mind and under the spotlight for too much time during the day and sometimes during the night… Let’s say overthinking. After my son was born, I feel like I’m giving enough importance to tennis, keeping in mind the whole time that it’s my job, but whatever happens at work stays there and that mindset gave me some “freedom” and helped me to perform better.

What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learned since becoming a father?

The most valuable thing I have learned is that life continues beyond tennis, which is something tough to understand when you are so focused. It is important to give the right amount of importance to each thing in order to find a balance in life.

Do you have any favorite memories that you have experienced with your son on tour?

One of the nicest things that happened was right after a M15 final that I played in Valencia at the end of last year. That day my grandma passed away, and when I walked out of the court I saw my son so little, and I just felt like that’s how the circle of life is. Even though it was a very emotional day, of course, I remember that day with a smile on my face.

What does a perfect Father’s Day look like to you?

The perfect Father’s day is every day when I’m at home. Being away from home makes me realize how lucky I am to have the family I have.

Thanks to Marco for sharing his fatherhood experiences. Be sure to keep up with Marco by following him at @marco.trungelliti on Instagram.