J.J. Wolf is competing in the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, where he has defeated Hugo Grenier and Hubert Hurkacz to reach the third round on his tournament debut in Rome.

Ahead of his third-round match against Alexander Zverev in the Italian capital, the American spoke to ATPTour.com about his hidden talent, ideal dinner guests and love for country music.


How would you describe your perfect day if you are not playing tennis?
I would go to bed early so I wake up rested, but not wake up too late. So maybe at 8 or 9 a.m., even though I never wake up that early. I would have breakfast, watch the sunrise. Go and do something fun and outdoors with my friends and girlfriend. Something active to get a sweat going.

Then [I would] come back, have some lunch and eat really good food. Then maybe go on a rollercoaster. Dinner, a few drinks and I love a bonfire, so we would have a bonfire by a lake. Then you could go waterskiing as well.

What is the most interesting thing you have ever done in your life?
The most interesting thing was being there for my dad going through cancer treatments. I thought it was interesting. I didn’t know how someone could be so strong. I would be really scared going through something like that. But seeing him so strong and showing no fear, drawing strength from that has been the experience that I have valued the most.

If you could choose any three people to go to dinner with, who would they be and why?
I am going to take a weird approach to this. I would take three random ancestors of mine that I have never heard of and talk to them and get to meet them about where they came from and what it was like.


Do you have a hidden talent and can you tell me a bit about how you got into that?

I can dance. I have got some rhythm, I can bounce out some moves. I can groove around. I took a break dancing class when I was 12, so maybe if I can remember some of those moves. 

If you weren’t a tennis player, what job would you want and why?
Some sort of athlete. I would have to be competing. Or a white-water rafting guide. Anything outdoors I love, so something like that would be good.

If you had to choose between attending a music concert or a sporting event, what would you choose and why?
Music concert every day of the week. Maybe a Dead & Company concert or a country concert. I love Zach Bryan. It is hard for me to choose.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
Flying for sure. I would love to fly wherever I wanted. I could just go to different places or tonight I could quickly fly home, sleep in my own bed and then fly back. That would be awesome.


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