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“It was tennis all the time”
Australia left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Johnson has revealed that his childhood dream was to be crowned champion of Wimbledon.
However, fast forward several years later and Johnson is now dreaming of becoming Australia’s Ashes hero after being included in the squad for the first Test in Brisbane.
“Wimbledon was my goal growing up in Queensland,” Johnson said. “I remember getting a T-shirt from my grandparents, passed on by a family friend who had gone to watch the tournament.
“That made me want to play there, and it was tennis all the time.
“At the age of 13-14 I had to decide whether to move to Brisbane to take it more seriously but I didn’t want to leave my family. I was always a pretty shy kid.”
Despite having a burning ambition to win the prestigious tennis tournament, cricket took over Johnson’s life when he was discovered by the legendary Dennis Lillee at the age of 17 at a Pace Australia cricket camp.
From that point on, the dream changed from Wimbledon to the Ashes.
“When I first went to England for The Ashes in 2009 I pumped it up a bit too much, so now if I get the chance I aim to enjoy it,” Johnson added.