Biographical information from ATP. Unless noted otherwise all data as of year-end 2011.
- Began playing tennis at age six
- Father, Rainer, is an English and History teacher while his mother, Henriette, is a council employee
- Has one older sister, Gwendolyn, who is also a teacher (born in 1975)
- Both parents played tennis for fun
- Lists his parents and Boris Becker as inspiration for playing tennis
- Grew up playing in the First Line Tennis Academy in Stuttgart for over 15 years and still trains there
- Favorites surfaces are hard and clay courts
- After completing his last year of school, was required to complete 10 months of compulsory Army service but only served two, as elite athletes receive eight months exemption
- A big fan of Dallas Mavericks and countryman Dirk Nowitzki and follows Stuttgart in German Bundesliega (soccer)
- Says if he wasn't a tennis player he would be a soccer player.
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