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Caroline Wozniacki Articles and Interviews - vol. 2

Caroline Wozniacki: A great Dane
Part of article: http://www.tennishead.net/prozone/ho...19/great-dane/

“I just saw it as an opportunity to show the world who I am, that I can play,” Wozniacki tells Tennishead casually, like taking the women’s tour by storm as a teenager is no big deal. “I had to start from the beginning again, and I really found that fun to just go out and think that every match I win is a big plus. If I lost a match it was fine, and if I won it was great, so step-by-step I came up the rankings.” As well as her refreshingly relaxed approach to playing tennis, she’s proved that she also has the weapons and mental toughness to rely on when the opportunities come along in big matches. “Senior players are more consistent and hit harder, but think a bit better than the juniors,” she explains. “They take the first opportunity that they have, not the second or third; if they have one chance they take it. I think mentally I’m pretty sharp. I don’t give up.”

That winning mentality is probably in her genes. With her dad, Piotr, a Pole who played pro football in Denmark, mum Anna who played volleyball for Poland and an older brother, Patrik, who’s an amateur footballer back home in Denmark she grew up in a pretty competitive environment, something that used to surface when she played soccer herself as a kid. “I’m really competitive so if I’m not better than the others I don’t want to play any more,” she says matter of factly. Her father has had a hand in her tennis since she began playing aged seven and her parents still travel on the tour, accompanied by recent addition to her entourage, Swedish coach Henrik Holm, a former top 20 player himself who is employed by the Danish tennis federation. Internet rumours in February suggested Jimmy Connors was being lined up to help with her game too. “I did all different kinds of sports [when I was younger]… I don’t think there’s a sport that I haven’t tried!” she admits. “And then suddenly I played tennis a little bit, and no one wanted to play with me because I was too bad.

“I just wanted to show the whole world that I wasn’t bad. I was playing against the wall for hours each day and I thought it was fun. And then one day my dad took me on the court and he wanted to practice with me and that’s how it started. And I got better than my parents, better than my brother, and I made some small goals and I achieved them and I wanted to become better and better.”

As well as improving her singles ranking, the teenager says she is determined to make sure she makes her Olympic debut in 2008 when the Games visit Beijing in August. “It’s a main goal for me because the Olympics is only every fourth year, and it’s a great achievement to go there and play and fight for some medals.”Success at the Olympics would guarantee her serious superstar status back home in Denmark. Even before her Australian Open exploits, the Danes were talking about her becoming their biggest sports star of all time – no mean feat in a football-obsessed country that has churned out greats such as Michael and Brian Laudrup, legendary goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, as well as Tour de France cyclists Bjarne Riis and Michael Rasmussen.

Major sponsors haven’t been slow in recognising her appeal. The logos of Babolat, adidas, Danish financial services group Nordea, JBJ Group, Sony Ericsson and Danish travel insurance company Europæiske Rejseforsikring A/S adorn her personal website, she’s already appeared on talk shows back home and has shot two TV commercials for Sony Ericsson and Europæiske.

Is she bothered by the attention? Not a bit. “Everyone knows me in Denmark now. If I go outside the door everyone wants autographs and are talking, but I like it – it’s fun. It feels good.” Like any authentic sports superstar, she now lives in Monte Carlo, having moved to the, ahem, tax-free principality in January 2007. It’s obvious Denmark is still close to her heart, though, (“It’s beautiful, with nice people,” she says, but “a little bit too rainy”) and confesses that being the only Dane on the WTA tour gets lonely at times. “Sometimes it is, we have some guys that are playing, but no girls, and so it is hard because you want to compete with someone positively and you want to have someone to talk to as well… [I miss] some of my friends that are at home, and my brother who is there and playing soccer, and I miss the atmosphere.”
Maintaining contact with all things Denmark is helped by the fact that Caroline is still a student, dedicated to completing her schoolwork by mixing tennis with long distance learning. “It’s important to get an education in case something happens,” she explains. It’s a mature approach to life for a 17-year-old, but something tells us she won’t be needing her geography, history or algebra any time soon. Someone who knows a thing or two about being a teenage prodigy, Martina Hingis, feels the same – and expects big things. “Caroline is a strong up and coming player with a lot of potential,” she said last year. “She just needs to keep on going with what she’s doing. She’s going in the right direction. I think she is very talented and can go a long way.”

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Hopefully we can still get a lot of nice and positive articles in the future.

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Prompted by the new volume, I was thinking what a tremendous historical resource tennisforum is. It's the only place on the web that documents women's tennis developments from matches to incidents involving the players in such detail. I became a Caroline fan and WTA fan in 2011, and yet I was able to find a lot about her earlier development from this forum as far back as 2004 when she was a promising 14 year old junior.

As a person who has worked on digital libraries professionally, I know how fragile information in the digital era is. You can see that by going to some of the earlier articles about Caroline - not only most images, but a lot of the externally linked articles have disappeared. The WTA and/or the ITF should make an agreement with the owners of tennisforum so that this tremendously valuable resource is preserved.

I'm including a mention to @Meelis just in case they want to explore that.
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Prompted by the new volume, I was thinking what a tremendous historical resource tennisforum is. It's the only place on the web that documents women's tennis developments from matches to incidents involving the players in such detail. I became a Caroline fan and WTA fan in 2011, and yet I was able to find a lot about her earlier development from this forum as far back as 2004 when she was a promising 14 year old junior.
When I joined here I was very motivated to document everything and record every interview Caro did on Danish TV and subtitle them. She was unknown but I believed in this journey towards the top from the beginning, so I pictured these early videos would be interesting for someone writing a book later about her career, its easy to find all her results and wins in the statistics, but what was she saying, what was she doing way before anything happened is much more interesting if you want to learn anything from her career. I also started copying the complete text from the articles I found into tennisforum to save it for the future.

Its the story of a girls crazy dream in a third world tennis country, which, here 10 years into her career, have not produced any other tennis talent despite having tons of Danish fans and media attention. How is that possible when tons of girls see her as a role model?

Why are the Danish Tennis federation not hosting this fedcup? Its great promotion, I don`t understand things like this. Are they working against having success?

But any ways, I really get turned on by the drop of Caro success lately, it just fuel my interest even more. She has a huge fight against her to reach the top again and hopefully win her slam. Things look really bad right now just like any movie script, when, 30 mins left of the movie, our hero is in deep trouble being beaten down by the villain and everything looks hopeless, but then our hero realise how she can beat the villain.

I just don`t know how far Caro will drop, the new coach looked like the negative spiral turning around, but then came the injury and the negative spiral continued.
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Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki has confirmed she will contest the Aegon Classic Birmingham at Edgbaston. The 25-year-old Dane joins the likes of defending champion Angelique Kerber, Simona Halep, Lucie Safarova and Madison Keys in signing up for the Wimbledon warm-up tournament in June.

Wozniacki, who has never been beyond the fourth round at SW19, is delighted to have secured a spot in the Birmingham tournament.

"I'm excited to be heading to the Aegon Classic Birmingham this year. It is a historic tournament on the calendar with a winners list that includes some of the best players the game has seen," she is quoted as saying by the Express & Star.

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Optimisme i Wozniacki-lejren: French Open lever ? Ekstra Bladet

Optimism in the Wozniacki camp: French Open live
- But we want to be absolutely sure that she does not run any risk, says coach David Kotyza, who have been joined by a physiotherapist and WTA veteran

There is optimism in the pipe from Monaco, where Caroline Wozniacki in these weeks struggling to get back on the court after his nasty ankle injury for almost four weeks ago.

- We work on the training ground again, but Caroline run course, not so much. On the other hand, there are many server volleys and other technical training. Amid the sad situation, it is good that we can work with her stroke technique without stress, says her new coach, Czech David Kotyza.

- After a few days on hard court, we have gone on gravel again, and then we will see whether it is possible to play in Paris, he said, addressing the French Open, which serves started on 22 May.

He takes though all prudence reservations.

- It's a little tricky with ankle injuries in just gravel, and we want to be absolutely sure that she does not run any risk, says Kotyza, welcoming the Carolines fighter attitude during the rehabilitation.

He can also rejoice that have appeared competent assistance up to 56-year-old person of Nicky Dunn, a physiotherapist with many years of experience from the WTA tour.

- Caroline and I have known each other for a long time, actually since she lost to Dementieva in the final in Luxembourg (in October 2008, ed.), Says the Briton to Ekstra Bladet.

- I have agreed with the WTA that I can be available for Caroline until she is back on the pitch. Now she is far back on the training ground and it is a good sign, says Nicky Dunn, who often have had ankle injuries in his hands.

- Unfortunately, it is a well known injury in tennis, but Caroline is healing well and she makes even really much too soon to come back. She is in ice-chamber right now, and also coach her various movements in the pool. Now we are also beginning to tape her up so she can gradually do more on the training ground, says Nicky Dunn, enjoying the sun in Monaco:

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Optimisme i Wozniacki-lejren: French Open lever ? Ekstra Bladet

Optimism in the Wozniacki camp: French Open live
- But we want to be absolutely sure that she does not run any risk, says coach David Kotyza, who have been joined by a physiotherapist and WTA veteran

There is optimism in the pipe from Monaco, where Caroline Wozniacki in these weeks struggling to get back on the court after his nasty ankle injury for almost four weeks ago.

- We work on the training ground again, but Caroline run course, not so much. On the other hand, there are many server volleys and other technical training. Amid the sad situation, it is good that we can work with her stroke technique without stress, says her new coach, Czech David Kotyza.

- After a few days on hard court, we have gone on gravel again, and then we will see whether it is possible to play in Paris, he said, addressing the French Open, which serves started on 22 May.

He takes though all prudence reservations.

- It's a little tricky with ankle injuries in just gravel, and we want to be absolutely sure that she does not run any risk, says Kotyza, welcoming the Carolines fighter attitude during the rehabilitation.

He can also rejoice that have appeared competent assistance up to 56-year-old person of Nicky Dunn, a physiotherapist with many years of experience from the WTA tour.

- Caroline and I have known each other for a long time, actually since she lost to Dementieva in the final in Luxembourg (in October 2008, ed.), Says the Briton to Ekstra Bladet.

- I have agreed with the WTA that I can be available for Caroline until she is back on the pitch. Now she is far back on the training ground and it is a good sign, says Nicky Dunn, who often have had ankle injuries in his hands.

- Unfortunately, it is a well known injury in tennis, but Caroline is healing well and she makes even really much too soon to come back. She is in ice-chamber right now, and also coach her various movements in the pool. Now we are also beginning to tape her up so she can gradually do more on the training ground, says Nicky Dunn, enjoying the sun in Monaco:
That sounds very good..new team for Caro so she will restart the new era.
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These last months have felt like how her retirement will be. Cant wait till she plays again.
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I don't see her playing FO if it has just been technical training.

Only 2 weeks left and that isn't enough time to prepare if she has just started practising on clay and hasn't been doing much movement around the court.

I think it'll be better if she just begins practising on grass and get ready for a long (and hopefully great) grass season.
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Caro's Olympic fate will be decided on June 29!

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Wednesday, June 29 it will be decided whether the International Tennis Federation, ITF, assigns Caroline Wozniacki a wild card for the August Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

On this day in Grand Slam tennis tournament 'The Championships' in the London suburb of Wimbledon puts ITF's Olympic Committee together to review the non-qualified players dispensation applications.

"On behalf of Denmark, I hope of course that the ITF assigns Caroline Wozniacki a wild card. But I have the feeling that her Olympic ticket hangs by a thread, "said Danish Tennis Federation vice chairman Thomas Königs Feldt, who last year was elected to the ITF's board.

He justifies his remarkable statement follows:

»ITF demands that every Olympian in a four-year period must have represented his country at least twice by team World Cup (Fed Cup, ed.). But when Caroline has only participated in the Danish national team once (2015 ed.) She meets this requirement. "

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How awarded the 64 entrance tickets to the lady single-row in the Olympic tennis tournament in Rio de Janeiro:

Based on the WTA world rankings on June 6 will have the 56 best-placed to have met the requirement of Fed Cup participation place in the participant field.
The eight last places awarded by the ITF at a meeting during Wimbledon on June 29 in London; Here, among others, former Grand Sludge and Olympic gold medalists who do not meet the former criteria, could apply for an exemption.
Danish Tennis Federation together with DIF on Caroline Wozniacki's behalf apply for an exemption, but Thomas Königs Feldt doubt that the ITF's Olympic Committee will look at it with a special kind eyes.

"Let me emphasize that I am not sitting with that committee, and I therefore have no voice to do good in the case. That being said, the wild card allocations among other things for players from continents such as Africa, which has only a few top players. But a former Grand Sludge or Olympic gold medalist also not met qualification requirements, they also have the option to obtain an Olympic ticket. We may from Danish side argue that Caroline has been number one in the world. But the farm is not not mentioned as dispensation opportunity, "says Thomas Königs Feldt.

Danish Tennis Federation's director Sune Irgens Alenkær will not rule out sending a representative to the meeting in London.

"It requires, however, that Caroline wish. But she has even the ability to stand up in front of the committee and defend his case, "says Sune Irgens Alenkær.

The Danish Olympic team's chef de mission, Morten Rodtwitt, fingers crossed to Caroline Wozniacki comes with the Olympics.

"I think it will be beaten thumping too bad for the world tennis fans, if she is not in Rio. She is a good representative of the sport, and has for years provided a large number of impressive results. We therefore intend to fight hard to get her, "says Morten Rodtwitt.

In February, Caroline Wozniacki appointed as the Danish Olympic flag bearer.

"The fact we also intend to include as an argument that she should be awarded the Olympic ticket," says Morten Rodtwitt that says that there is a designated reserve-standard bearer if it ends up that the ITF does not assigns Caroline Wozniacki a wild card.
Her afgøres Wozniackis OL-skæbne: 'Håber de kan se fornuften' ? Ekstra Bladet

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Danish Tennis Federation sent a request for confidentiality immediately after the French Open, while the standard bearer Caroline Wozniacki even get the opportunity to argue his case during Wimbledon
There are prospects of further month and a half agonizing waiting for Caroline Wozniacki, who has been appointed as the flag bearer at the Summer Olympics in Rio, but still not qualified for the event.

Her ankle injury and thus apologies for Denmark Fed Cup match in Egypt a month ago does namely that she did not meet the criteria.

Thus she is fighting an unfamiliar battle outside the chalk lines and need help, not least from the Danish Tennis Federation, the director Sune Irgens Alenkær are ready to provide it.

It occurs when the International Tennis Federation, ITF, immediately after the French Open on June 6 publish the list of the 56 directly qualified players according to the world rankings. Since fills ITF up with the final eight players, including six on the so-called wild cards.

- On the list will Caroline's name be deleted because of the situation. Then we saw a week to submit an application for a derogation. As I understand it, the ITF Appeal Board hold a meeting on the matter on 29 or 30 June, he said.

- We will make a strong enough case presentation as possible, where we will present our burning desire to get her to the Olympics. We will point out that we were in close dialogue with Caroline toward our Fed Cup match in Egypt, until she got the harm that really has got implications and ruined her spring. Thus, the case of force majeure, and we hope that the ITF can see the sense of.

He will no doubt turn on Wozniacki's world status within the sport, which she has done much to promote, and he will probably also highlight that she as a standard bearer will represent tennis in the Olympic march.

- We will, if necessary, take advice from DIF, says Sune Irgens Alenkær, but it will not comment on the Danish opportunities to influence the political game in the wings, but he is well aware that the first wild cards are primarily used to accommodate nations and continents that are not otherwise represented in the absolute tennistop.

He indicates that he has asked for as much material as possible from Wozniacki camp. So far, he received a medical certificate but no X-rays.

Ekstra Bladet understand that Caroline Wozniacki will even have the opportunity to seek ITF nations under Wimbledon to present its case.
She received a wildcard

New Zealand's Marina Erakovic had to wait a long time but finally became a wildcard for the Olympics in London in 2012. And her then situation so immediately more critical than the one Caroline Wozniacki is in now.

Erakovic had not played Fed Cup for his country in the two years before the Olympics.

The decision had ITF catered to her rank, she had beaten two Top 16 players in the qualification period and reached the eighth finals of four WTA tournaments in 2012. Wozniacki has for years been both a quarter-final and semi-final.

There are 64 players in the single row in Rio. The 56 downloaded directly via the world rankings, while the ITF has six wild cards, the first of which probably goes to the host nation and the next to continents that are not among the 56. Then former Olympic gold winners and Grand Slam winners qualify. Then the criteria slightly opaque, and this applies not least two additional seats, the ITF has.

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anyone know what the case was with Erakovic? @The Walking Bye

Because if it was similar, wouldn't it make a precedent?
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There was something with Paszek too..they gave her a WC..I remember..

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