Canada’s Wimbledon hopeful Vasek Pospisil serves up his recipe for success

By Shinan Govani

With summer – and Wimbledon – on the horizon, Vasek Pospisil has been in the market for some spiffy clothes lately. Which explains why we met at The Bay’s flagship store on Queen Street West in Toronto, where he was being styled in Top Man styles for the formal Wimbledon dinner that happens during the annual tournament (this year from July 3 to 16).

Vasek was outfitted in Top Man styles for the upcoming Wimbledon gala. Photo: © Noah Davis

The Vernon, B.C., native told HELLO! that the duds will come in handy for his brother’s upcoming wedding, too! Currently the No. 2-ranked Canadian in men’s tennis – and riding the thrill of having beaten reigning Wimbledon champ Andy Murray in a match in California – the superstar, 26, filled us in on his approach to the game, his family’s support and a few of his off-court pursuits.

TAP FOR GALLERY Vasek is currently the second-best male tennis player in Canada.

IN HIS DREAMS

"More often than not, I’ll dream about tennis when I’m falling asleep on a plane, which is bizarre. I’ll make this weird twitch and hit the person beside me! That’s actually a regular thing – but only on the plane. Whether I’m just more aware of those dreams “because I twitch, I don’t know."

FAMILY TIES

"My parents were both born in Czechoslovakia. They escaped from the communist regime there in 1988 and came to Canada. My dad grew a deep passion for tennis – and I’m the recipient of it. He started coaching me and my [two older] brothers. They both made tremendous sacrifices. My dad was working double shifts, overnight ... driving me to tournaments on the weekend. When I was 12, I moved to Vancouver with my mom, into a small apartment ... to play tennis, because, before, we were living in a small town, where there was no real tennis."

The tennis star has always looked up to Roger Federer.

TENNIS IDOL

“Federer was it for me.

MOVIE FAVOURITE

" Gladiator. [The 2000 release] is probably my favourite. The music, the acting, the story. It’s so powerful – especially when you think about how many years it’s been, and how it still stands up."

FANTASY TRIP

"I want to go to Alaska – a road trip with my family ... rent a big SUV, or “something. It’s on my wish list."

Vasek and his dad Milos.

GO-TO KARAOKE SONG

"Right now, “Cleopatra” by the Lumineers."

ON THE COURT

“Train hard and work hard. Then the results take care of themselves. I try not to put too much focus on results. More just the process.”

VIRAL VASEK

Happy to show off his playful side, the tennis player started documenting some of his world adventures on his own YouTube channel. Dubbed “Bounce,” it’s a place where you can see Vasek do things like visit the world-famous Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo (spoiler alert: he loves sushi) or go to a psychic reading at a Miami strip mall (the psychic wasn’t too accurate, he says). With no shortage of personality, Vasek also uses the forum as a vehicle to strut some makeshift “Carpool Karaoke” skills (singing along to “Don’t Speak” by No Doubt) and show off his burgeoning guitar skills. It’s full-circle, in some ways, as he informs me now: a big music buff, he took up the guitar by taking instructions from YouTube tutorials!

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