His mum’s Ukrainian, his dad’s Russian
Altmaier’s mother, Galina, is Russian, and his father, Jurij, is Ukrainian. Not surprisingly, he speaks Russian, German and English and no doubt is fast-improving his Spanish too, given that he trains in Argentina.
He likes fishing
Not only does fishing give Altmaier some time with his father, it also offers him some down-time and an opportunity to plot his way through a day. He says he likes fishing because of the strategy it entails and he admitted it, tongue in cheek, that it might have helped him “reel in” Sinner in his five-set win on Thursday.
“A week before coming here I was fishing with my dad to calm down a little bit,” he said. “So I think, yeah, in the fifth set maybe the experience of fishing a little bit helped me.”