Inspired by the considerate approaches of Stefan Edberg and Patrick Rafter growing up, and later Roger Federer in his early ATP seasons, Tecau hopes his legacy extends beyond his on-court accomplishments. For the Romanian wants upcoming generations to see that ambitious goals can be attained all while upholding wholesome values and never letting the rigors of tour life get in the way of maintaining The Golden Rule.
“I was very fortunate to grow and experience different training camps when I was a junior and met great coaches along the way that always installed this feeling [to] give it 100 percent, be respectful, playing to win, have a good attitude on the court, treat everyone with respect all around, the players, the staff, the fans, everyone.
“You don't necessarily need to be closed, very selfish and not pay attention to others. I feel I lived my career like that.”
After finding himself on the losing side of three successive Wimbledon finals with Robert Lindstedt from 2010-12, Tecau’s long-cherished dream was realized three years later at the All England Club. He triumphed alongside Jean-Julien Rojer, whom he also partnered to titles at the 2017 US Open and 2015 ATP Finals.
Tecau carried the flag for Romania at the 2012 Olympics and brought home a silver medal in men’s doubles with Florin Mergea at Rio de Janeiro in 2016. He also contested three mixed doubles finals at the Australian Open, tasting victory with Bethanie Mattek-Sands in 2012.
“You are away from home, but you're in a big classroom with a lot of high-standard role models around. It's kind of forcing you to grow up and mature and be responsible for yourself and what you do on the tour, because there is a lot of fans, a lot of kids watching,” he continued.
“I don't feel any different or special. I feel like that was my education from home. When you have that education, you always try to choose those kind of people around you. Talking about coaches, partners, and it kind of grows on you. You want to be better, you want to be a better player, a better person, better everything. It's very motivating.”