The son of Olympic Gold medalist Miloslav Mecir is enjoying a successful ATP Tour debut at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna.
Miloslav Mecir, Jr., defeated Pablo Andujar in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 to set up a clash with Tommy Haas in the following round to be played on Thursday.
Mecir, Sr., nicknamed “The Big Cat”, won the 1988 Olympic Gold and also made the finals of the US and Australian Opens. His highest world ranking was No. 4.
“I always wanted to be better than my Dad,” said Mecir, Jr. “I have a pretty similar playing style.”
He has some way to go before achieving that ambition, but it’s a promising debut on the tour after a frustrating period where injuries nearly forced him to quit the sport.
“I didn’t think that this dream to come true as two years ago I thought about quitting tennis. I had inflammation of the elbow ligaments and I did not play for four months.”
Now injury-free, Mecir is enjoying a rise up the rankings and currently sits at No. 240 after winning six Futures events and progressing onto the main tour.