Q Tell me about Petra Kvitova´s team. How many people ?
My coach David Kotyza of course. Condition trainer Josef Ivanko. This is my team. PR
team is Zdeněk Duplák and Karel Tejkal and my manager from M Sport Mr Černošek
Q Is it your family ?
I would say coaches for sure. Well I don´t know if I would say family but very good friends we can say.
Q I ´ve talked to many tennis players. I got a feeling that tennis is a lonely sport. You are cut from your family and you coaching stuff is all you have. Do you have friends in tennis circuit ?
We get along very well with girls from the Czech republic We go for dinners sometimes. Fed Cup makes our connection stronger, We have very good team spirit. About the others I have a friend from Switzeraland for exmaple. When you want you will find friends there.
Q So the loneliness is not bothering you like the others?
Of course it does. Sometimes in a hotel room I have nothing to do, I watch movies and I would like to be somewhere with someone and talk. So it is both ways.
Q But it is not an issue
No, It is a fact. You can not change it .It is the same like travelling. Sometimes you don´t like going 2 hours to the airport and from the airport.. but it si part of the deal.
Q Aren´t you afriad you will have no home ?
No I m not afraid. Since my childhood I m at home in Fulnek. Now I have my second home in Prostějov.
Q This year your made 53 millions Czech crowns. You are a rich bride
I didn´t know this number
Q Have you been proposed ?
Q Never in your life ?
No, well when I was a kid
Q It doesn´t count.
So it was like asking for having acup of coffee with me or asking for date , but no marrige.
Q I asked this question to know how much you have to spend to have good results?
You have to pay all air tickets. Business class is better for reults, we tried it before Australia.
Q You can sleep
You can sleep and it ´s 3 days for better regeneration and it s much quicker. You pay coaches, but it s not like it sometimes seems , you have to pay taxes , pay taxes everywhere and you have to pay to your managers , Is seems like big sum of money,but if you discount everything there is another sum , but to be honest right now i dont care much about moeny. I have it on my accounts but don t do anything with them.
Q Also you don ´t have time to spend it . but you have some girls dreams ?
I bought a flat last year , my car is from a sponsor (note i guess the famous skoda suberb) so i don t need anything to buy . I have no girls dream . Maybe after I will finish my career I will buy a house ( note she uses diminutive for house not Dům - domeček so i guess not wiiliams´ mansion ) I really Don t know.
Q Maybe somethin for your parents, you know something like a garden for your mother or a car for your father
Well i was thinking about it too, but my parents alwas said we liked this flat , we wanted stay here and who would take care about a house my mother would say. My parents are not for these things.
Q Prize money for men and women are different . Would you like to change it ?
Well we got the same prize money in Grand slams. Like I said Im not concerened about money. I dont know what to answer. I think in men tennis it is much harder than in women tennis that is for sure.
Q Much harder do you mean more competion. Do they play diferent harder kind of tennis.
It is more difficult. For us it is hard from physical and mental point of view, for them the competion is very fierce. It can stay like it is . I have no opinion on that . I didn´t even think about it.
Q It is what petra kvitova says. And it´s a pity you can not look at these big eyes of this sympathetic young blonde tennis player, you would trust her. I believe you trust her even without it .
Q Lets l talk about tennis game. You played for the first time in Fed cup in July 2007 Do you rembemeber it ?
Very well, It was in Spain, I was there like replacement for Nikol Vaidišova. We lost doubles with Barbora zahalvova –Strycova, but the tie was already lost so it really didnt matter. It was a nice first game I was not playing so bad . It was quite good
Q With what kind of emotions you will play in Fed Cup in this autumm?
I´m really looking forward for it
Q Really ? It looks like you really enjoy tough matches.
Yes Exactly that is what I like, but Fed cup is special. Tennis is an invidiual sport, in Fed Cup you want to do maximum for your team and I am a team player. I m looking forward the atmosphere, first time in the final It´s a challenge I like.
Q It will be away on unfriendy soil, becasue I believe russian supporters can prepare real hell . Is this the challenge,when you are going on the court and these supports are against you.
I dont mind if they are against me. I played away ties in Fed Cup before in a hostile enviroment .Maybe this time it will be much worse. But we will try to show that we deserve it .
Q I like your nerves or maybe your no nerves . „I m looking forward for the wimbledon final. I will enjoy it,“ you said before the wimbledon final. For me enjoy the final is something unbelivable. I would be nervous just from the fact taht it is a final. But you don´t have it this way
Well I get a question before the final from a journalist „You have nothing to lose What is your attitude for this final.“ I said „I have something to lose in a Wimbledon Final. I will try enjoy it I will go there and I will try to wn it. And I mean enjoy the Centre court, the atmosphere, history of the place, the match itself, because I like tennis, I like playing matches and I am trying to stay calm with no nerves and staying positive and I enjoyed the final.
Q And This style of thinking you have from your childhoood of your father teached it ?
I think I was born with it , I think I have it from my mother. My mother is the same. She ´s like bread will not be cheaper, so what ?(Note Take it easy style) This kind of stuff I have from her , no stress. Of course when there´s a losing streak something is there, but overall I have positive thinking from my mother.
Q Last year you had a losing streak after the wimbledon semifinal , how did you cope with it ? (note 5 losses in first rounds )
It was not pleasant, when it doesnt work you´re upset . I was training and believed that it would turned around eventually. It was hard for psychic.I thought after 2010 wimbledon I must beat anybody, but it was not possileble., I lost few matches in 3 sets and it was close. It didn´t help my psychic. It was annoying and it continued. Then US open 2010 came and I was looking forward for a big tournament and it changed there.
Q Have you ever cry? From angrer or desperation
Of course I cried sometimes. When I was playing terrible or more when i didnt know what happen or during match when you don t know what´s going on wrong
Q That it s not you
That it is not me, that I m out of it , that it s not going well, you dont know why, yeah it s a mysery
Q And You are alone in this misery on court . It doesn´t help when you look to the stands. Because I do recognise you looking at your coach . It doesn´t help ?
No it doesn´t help. You have to do it youself . It s not a soccer game, when somebody else can kick it instead of you . It s only up to you to do your best or on the contrary when it does not go well it is your fault. But otherwise it helps when coach is there, when he is holding his thumbs or they are cheering. When you not alone.
Q And don´t you have some kind of signals for coaching from the stands
Q Now we will talk about top tennis tournaments. When you start believing in youself as tennis player against the big guns? When you defeat Venus williams ( note Memphis 2008 ) or with your psychic strenght you go there and you will try it
For me personally last year in Wimbledon, when I beated few very good players in a row (note wozniacki demolition) , because sometimes you can beat a very good player once, but to beat them often you have to work hard and it is not so easy how it can appears. So the first time I started believing was last year semifinal.
Q You talked about tennis very nice, you like it . Is there anything you don´t like it ?
When i was a child i don t like training every day . I would prefered going to the swimmni pool with others kids and had some fun. But If you aked me today I would say losing matches, like last year for example. That was not pleasant. Nobody likes it and of course injuries
Q Last month I was discussing this subject with Andre Agassi . He told me he didn´t like, that players were overworked, there were too many tournaments and demands for physic condition were high. What about you ?
For me this year I don t know if it is good luck or bad luck but I have a very long season There is a possibility. that I can play at WTA Championship and then the Fed Cup final.: So its a good luck, but it´s definitely a long season. You have to combine a lot of factors very well, not to overwork youself. I have a longer pause after Wimbledon . I want to relax. ATP Tour had even longer season . Three or Four weeks more, so it is very tough. You don t have quiet and time to relax, you are rolling and always there is a time when you lose you energy.
Q During the Christmas holiday you lost 2 kilograms of weight. Was is due to a hard training or someone told you 2 kilograms less would be super ?
It was a longer time frame than 1 month. The only thing I did was changing diet habits. To eat like an athlete.Nourish my musles. To have the good energy not the bad one. All thing came together. Of course we made physical training, a lot of runnig and it showed good results
Q And now you are going to relax . How will your timetable in Vysoke tatry look like? Resting ? Walking ? ( Vysoke tatry in slovakia , The High tatras; I think she will stay in Štrbské pleso like in this winter )
I really don t think so. My condition trainer Ivanko warned me . It won´t be any fun (note she used slang „vegetace“ it is tough one to translete ) So it will be hard uphill (running) and time in the gym for strengthing my legs and only little bit of tennis. It will be a pleasant change, relax from tennis. Im looking forward i like it.
Q Your boyfreind will go with you?
No he have his own tournamnets, he will go for his schedule.
Q And you see each other often?
Well no not really , no we don´t see each other very often. When there´s a time , a day maybe and then someone have to go for a tournament.
Q And is it good eventually for the future a tennis marraige like aggasi and graff ?
I wanted to say it. It got pluses and minuses, When you re not dating a tennis player, he is at home when you ´re at home on the other side the athlete undestand that you travel , that you gave everything and he understand it .
Q Can you beat him ?
No I can not
Q You Can not beat him ? When was the list time you tried ?
Last time it was before Fed cup in belgium . It was april ( note condition camp in Antalya 3 yeas in a row )
Q You re writing a diary or at least I read it . From when is the last chapter?
Not sure , After the wimbledon final ? Definitely after the wimbledon semifinal.
Q Will you have time to write new chapters in Vysoke Tatry? Or you don´t have it like this. You write only when you want to write ?
I write about tennis matches and tennis trainings
Q Have you slapped somebody in the face ?
Maybe in school
Žety tenistky vyhrajet velmi ofensivní krsáná trvdý tenisa že mají yvternovanou ruku
Q I asked this question because women tennis players are playing ofensive beautiful hard tennis and their hands are strong.
Yeah we can say that . It would be a big slap . But I don´t know I don´t think I ever slapped somebody.
Q You are not a type who fights ?
No, I m the teasing type but not the fighting type of person.
Q How Do you like the women stuff around it . You know all the beutiful dresses, photographers, posing, the glamour and the headlines.?
It is absoltely delightful for women. It s clear, but too much can be harmful. Absolutely I enjoy it. The Wimbledon Champions Dinner was beutiful , when I could choose whatever dress I wanted. And I really liked how I looked like that night. So it is quite comfortable. Or when you go shopping . Every women like it . Another thing is posing for photograps, when it is long it is not so comfortbale or you not in a mood you´ re tired. So everything has pluses and minuses.
Q So Dear Petra kvitova I thank you for this interview and I wish you would soon choose another beatiful dress for another champions dinner as a champion . Thank You