Illustration by Sara Kralovanszky
We sat down with Pospisil to discuss what he travels with and what he can’t leave home without.
You are on the road most of the year playing tournaments all over the world, what are some of the items you travel with?
There are a few things I travel with all of the time. I always have a foam roller to loosen up the muscles, and I have a lacrosse ball to get the trigger points. I also have a long elastic stretching band that I use to stretch if my physio is not around.
Do you have any routines before a match?
I have little routines that I’ve built over the years that I don’t like to break. For example, I always have to re-do the grips on my racquets. I also make my own sports drink. I’d experimented with a few different brands over the year, but I’ve found Biosteel to be the best one for me. I want to be the one to put in the powder. Most athletes people have their trainers do that, but I do it myself because it centres me. I guess you could call it one of my pre-game rituals.
Can you take us on a tour of your tennis bag?
I always have an extra pair of shoes in case a shoelace breaks. The shoe that I wear is the Asics Solution Speed. It is the best shoe that I have ever played with. And I’m not just saying that because they’re my sponsor. It is truly the best shoe; light, durable, and the maneuverability is like no other. Obviously, I have extra racquets. I bring out six, which is pretty standard. I have extra string, and I have Maurten energy gels, dried dates and electrolytes sachets that I use during longer matches.
Anything music related?
I use the Bose Sport wireless headphones since they’re are light and I can be active with these in my ears. I don’t really have a preference in terms of the genre of music that I will listen to before or after a match—I just listen to whatever it is that I’m into at the time. So it might even be a really slow song before the match! Currently, I’m listening to the Lumineers, Death Cab for Cutie, Vampire Weekend, and Fleet Foxes.
Is there anything that would really throw you off if you forgot it?
I have my necklace that I got from my parents. It’s the most important item that I own, and it’s one of the things I bring with me that has the most sentimental value. My parents gave it to me when I was 16. If I ever lost it I would be devastated. It’s a thin, gold chain with a pendant that has a “V” engraved on it. They’ve sacrificed so much in leaving the Czech Republic and moving to Canada. My parents mean the world to me.
Biosteel High Performance Sports Mix
Bose Sport Wireless Earphones
Rogue Foam Roller