John Millman: 10 Things You Should Know About The Aussie Who Just Took Down The King
Millman pulled off one of the biggest upsets in U.S Open history, taking out the GOAT Federer to progress to his first Quarter Finals.
As new Aussie hero John Millman gears up to take on former World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the U.S Open Quarter Finals on Thursday, we take a look at some of the 29-year-old's career highlights and why #Millmania has taken over his Brisbane hometown.
1. He turned pro 12 years ago. Millman's first Juniors debut was at the 2006 Australian Open and he claimed his first ITF singles title in Traralgon in 2008 and doubles in Bulgaria in 2009.
2. He's a proud Queenslander. Born and raised in Brisbane, Millman says playing in his home town is one of his favourite tournaments, but there's added pressure competing in the Brisbane International because of "Millmania."
3. He began playing tennis at just four years old because his four sisters, Shona, Kara, Tessa and Bronte all played as well. While the 29-year-old's family is his biggest support team, Millman's mum told The Project last night that they are too nervous to watch his matches.
4. He has been plagued by injury woes. Millman has made a come back to the circuit after a raft of injuries, including having to take a full year off in 2013 to recover from a second shoulder surgery.
5. The underpants incident. Millman made headlines earlier this year when he was told his colourful underwear was in breach of Wimbledon's infamous dress code, forcing his dad to make a last-minute dash to a nearby store to avoid a code violation.
6. Millman represented Australia at the 2016 Rio Olympics. And credits it as one of the greatest achievements in his career.
7. No surprises here, but he's a big sports fan even off the court. Millman reportedly enjoys a bit of golf and soccer in his spare time and regularly posts online about the AFL, cricket and most recently the FIFA World Cup.
8. He's not afraid of putting his opinions out there. From the recent controversy around the Davis Cup tournament changes and even to #auspol.
9. Pat Rafter was his idol growing up, Millman wrote in PlayersVoice. And the icing on the cake to that little piece of trivia? Millman became the first Aussie to beat the Swiss Master at a Grand Slam since Rafter did it last in 1999.
10. Millman is a dog man, and yes now we love him even more for it.
Millman takes on the Djoker tomorrow from 10:15am AEST.
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