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Written by Cro Morgan
04 Nov'08 - 20:43

A member since July 2008, Picachu211 has already left his mark on the ITST. The Chinese born Network Engineer is ranked sixth globally (men's singles) with an enviable match record of 29-11. When the Canadian resident isn’t searching for his first career title, you’ll likely find him sipping pulp-saturated orange juice while listening to barenaked ladies.

Name: Ben
Age: 24
Born: Somewhere in China.
Currently Reside: Toronto, Canada.
Profession: Network Engineer
Single or married: Single


Story behind your Gamertag: When I was in junior high school, Pokemon was really popular. And out of all these elements, I think lightning is the coolest. A little bit childish when you are 24 though.

Describe your gaming set-up: Samsung 26" LCD HDTV.  I wear my Sennheiser Headphone when I play video games.

How many hours a week do you typically spend playing video games: 1-2 hours during the week, maybe a little bit more on weekends, I would say 15-20 hours a week.

Favorite video game that doesn't involve a fuzzy ball and a racquet: I am a big fan of RPG and SLG games. I used to spend a lot of time on the Might and Magic series and Baldur's Gate. Now sometimes I play the Legend of Heroes on PSP.

After a tough loss, have you ever broken a controller, kicked the dog, awoke a neighbor: Never, I might curse myself though.

Does your wife/girlfriend/significant other support your gaming habit: I think so, because normally I don't play a lot.


Favorite Sport: Racquet sports in general, tennis, badminton, etc.

Favorite recording artist/band: Barenaked Ladies, All Saints and Sugababes.

Canadian alternative rock band, The Barenaked Ladies.

Favorite Movie: The Lord of the Rings and The Matrix trilogy.

It's your last meal, what would you choose to eat: Anything my Mom would make for my last meal.

Favorite chilled beverage: Orange juice with lots of pulp.

If you could have a meal with any three people, past or present, who would they be: Lindsay Davenport, Sean Penn and Tina Fey. Oh man! This would be fun.

Hobbies other than gaming: Movies, music and science fiction.


Favorite ATP player (current): Dmitry Tursunov, I like his hit or miss style. Too bad he is a nutcase. If he can remain calm on court and attack at right times, he is a scary opponent for anyone. Plus his blog is really funny!

Favorite ATP player (all-time): Andre Agassi, other than his return skills and groundstrokes, you have to admire his efforts to compete with the best when he was 35/36.

Favorite WTA player (current): Lindsay Davenport, soon to be all-time favorite. She has every shot in the textbook and she hit them so effortlessly, the cleanest ball-striker in the world! Imagine if the tennis court is smaller, she would be invincible.

Three-time Grand Slam champion, Lindsay Davenport

Favorite WTA player (all-time): Monica Seles. Her determination, stamina and killer instinct, qualities of a true champion. And I learned my short-angle crosscourt from her.

Sampras or Federer: Federer hands down, Sampras is boring, arrogant and a coward.

Favorite tournament: US Open, I like the night session.


Lefty or Righty: Righty, just like in real life.

Favorite surface: Hardcourt, preferably indoor. I like consistent ball bounce.

If you could win any tournament of your choice, which one would it be: Wimbledon, because of its prestige.

Describe your style of play: I think I am an all-courter. I have great touch and court sense, like to dictate points and also defend well, but sometimes I tend to overthink.

Who would you consider to be your greatest rival on the tour: Oxygene13 and Retos11. It is not actually a rivalry because I am 0-1 against both. They outsmart me instead of outhitting me.

Most memorable victory: Countryside Classic quarterfinal against Tiger of Fear. He was No. 2 then and I was unseeded. I remember I was down 2-5, double break in the final set but I managed to win in a tiebreaker. However, ever since my will of steel is gone.

Most disappointing loss: US Open quarterfinal against Swifty512. I led two sets to one, then I totally went crazy. I could not keep a ball in court and it was really ugly. This match still haunts me today.

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