Each day during the BB&T Atlanta Open and at various other times throughout the Emirates Airline U.S. Open Series, I’ll be featuring a tennis player competing in the series talking about the gadgets and technology they own and travel the world with. In the world of technology, users who rely on technology for everything they do are called “Power Users.” For tennis, I’m going to call them “Power Players.” Technology plays a vital role in all our lives, and tennis players use the latest technology on and off the court in many different capacities.
Wednesday’s “Power Player”: Ruben Bemelmans
Traveling the world as a professional tennis player can be a grind, but as technology keeps evolving, the players can bring a little bit of home with them while they are on the road.
Take for example, Ruben Bemelmans, a twenty-four year old Belgian, who is part of a Belgian resurgence in tennis along with David Goffin and veteran player Xavier Malisse.
Bemelmans is shooting up the rankings and he’s the top seed in the qualifying draw at the BB&T Open this week in Atlanta. Bemelmans says he can spend over six months of the year on the road and because of that, he’s a huge fan of Skype and the way it lets him stay in contact with family and friends.
“I have a laptop to Skype and watch the news back home,” said Bemelmans. “I think Apple is the best, especially with that Facetime.”
Bemelmans said his Blackberry is a cost-effective phone to take around the world. He also has his music stored on the Blackberry and he pulls it out before every match.
“I love music… all kinds of music actually; dance and pop is something to get me going before the match.”
The Belgian righty says that without a phone and a laptop, he would be lost.
The temperatures are expected to keep getting hotter here in Atlanta this week, but Bemelmans says he’s ready.
“These are the some of the most humid conditions I’ve ever played in,” offered Bemelmans. “I’ve played in South Africa and I can handle the heat pretty well.”
Bemelmans won his opening round match in the main draw late on Tuesday night. He next takes on top-seeded John Isner on Thursday night. Tickets are available at www.bbtatlantaopen.com.