I missed the interesting facts part!
Full name is João Olavo Soares de Souza...Nicknamed, 'Feijão' (which means 'bean' in English)..."Because of my colour and I like beans"...Father, Milton Soares de Souza Junior, and mother, Maria Angêla Lima...Started playing tennis aged nine in Mogi das Cruzes, at the Clube de Campo Mogi das Cruzes after watching his dad and sister Maria Clara play...Moved to Rio de Janeiro in 2005 and since then trains with Ricardo Acioly, former Davis Cup captain and Fernando Meligeni's coach...Plays with two-handed backhand...Favourite surface is clay courts...Idol growing up was Gustavo Kuerten...Has a weird ability to count letters in a sentence
. In a Davis Cup tie, players would challenge his ability on a daily basis and he never missed one...Likes to listen to music, surf the internet and relax on the beach.
In August 2011, qualified and reached SF in Kitzbühel (l. to eventual champ Haase).
Thanks Bev. I love that pic of Sousa. And his arithmetical skills are impressive.
Not much to say on this match, should be a walk-over for Andy.
"Should" being the operative word.
As usual Andy is taking nothing for granted and admits he's in the dark here as he's only seen Sousa play a couple of times, but his spies will no doubt be keeping him as well informed as possible.
Somehow though I have a feeling Sousa isn't going to be too over-awed by the occasion. He's won several titles (both in singles and doubles) in Challengers and Futures on hard as well as on clay, and, if the Brazilian newspaper "Desporto" is to be believed, he likes fast hard-courts.