Andreas Seppi has seen it all in his 18-years on tour. The Italian turned pro in 2002, and has since been a mainstay in the world’s Top 100.

Kind enough to donate some of his time, Baseline caught up with the former world No. 18 at the RBC Championships in Dallas. Due to his vast experience, he was the perfect candidate to answer the question: “If you could change one thing about the ATP Tour, what would it be”?

His answer was both unexpected and hilarious. “Maybe the food,” citing his Italian heritage as the reason.

That particular day, the ATP Challenger event served, among other things, fried mac and cheese bites and fried pickles.

The ATP veteran also mentioned that the tour uses many different types of tennis balls throughout the year. Not all balls are created equal. Some are light and zip through the air, while others are heavy and fluff up, which slows everything down.

Seppi has more than food and tennis balls on his mind. The 35-year-old and his wife Michela Bernardi are expecting their first child next month.


Seppi has a residence in Boulder, Colo., so he opted to stay close to home and play in Dallas instead of one of the three ATP tournaments in Montpelier, Pune and Cordoba. He lost in the first round to Jurij Rodionov, who's into the semifinals.