“I want to try that sport.” Those were the life-changing words Hungarian Fabian Marozsan said to his father at the age of five after watching him play tennis with a friend.
Marozsan then started playing tennis while learning everything from his father, who just played recreationally and had no professional background. Little did they know that Fabian would one day become a professional tennis player who would boast success on the ATP Challenger Tour, be ranked in the Top 200 of the Pepperstone ATP rankings and compete for Hungary in the Davis Cup.
The Budapest native, who still relies on his father for some coaching and help during training, is off to a dream start.
Fast forward to this season when the pinnacle of the 22-year-old’s career came in August when he took his first Challenger Tour title in Banja Luka. Despite never playing a Challenger final before, Marozsan was unfazed, taking just 49 minutes to beat the favourite, former World No. 23 Damir Dzumhur, 6-2, 6-1.
“I know it’s not every week that a Hungarian wins a Challenger tournament,” said Marozsan. “I was a little surprised because it’s a big moment and a big step for me. I just wanted to play in the semi-finals or the finals, which would also be a good result for me. I was very happy.
“I only lost three games in the final, I played very well, everything worked that night. I played maybe the best I’ve had this year.”
Marozsan is one of three Hungarians in the Top 200, alongside Marton Fucsovics and Zsombor Piros. Fucsovics, the world No. 91 in the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings, reached a career high of No. 31 in March 2019. Piros, who is No. 159 in the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings, won the Tampere Challenger Marozsan in Bosnia the month before. & Herzegovina.
“Marton is a really good player, he may be the best Hungarian of all time. I can learn from him; he is confident, he knows what he is doing. Hungary is not a big tennis country, so sometimes we practice at the federation when he is at home Everyone wants to beat him and be better than him We look up to him.
“[Piros and I] are equally old. He’s a little better than me at the moment. We grew up together and went to all the tournaments in Hungary and all over Europe. I want to get similar results and play some Grand Slams [like he has]. I want to go step by step,” said Marozsan.
Marozsan, who ranks a career-high number 178 in the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings, looks set to finish the season strong in hopes of earning his first Grand Slam experience in Australian Open qualifiers. A trip to Melbourne would be a long-term goal for the youngster, who claimed he was “not good enough” to compete in the junior events in the four majors.
“Hope I’m on the list, we can’t say 100%, anything can happen, but I’m very excited… My goal is to play a Grand Slam, so maybe I can say that it’s going to happen, I’m very happy about that,” said Marozsan.
Marozsan will next participate in the Davis Cup World Group I clash against Ukraine, September 15-16.