Re: The Gorgeous Tower of Topsin: Andrea Temesvari
An interview at this year's French Open.
Andrea Temesvari: ''I think Nadal’s cute''
Friday, June 3, 2011
By Benjamin Adler
To share a good bottle of wine with?
Rafael Nadal and Francesca Schiavone. Both of them are great people, and really down to earth. Just the right kind of people to share a bottle of wine with.
To take to your favourite restaurant?
I'd take Yannick Noah to a Hungarian restaurant in Budapest. I'd like him to try some of the local specialties. We're a similar age, I always got on well with him. He's funny, and great company. And he won at the French Open, so I could ask him what he thinks about the French public - why they're so hungry for a French victory.
To accompany you to the Cannes film festival?
Someone good looking, that's for sure (laughs). That's a tough question. Lucky my husband isn't here (she laughs, and thinks for a while). I can think of a lot of players who look good but aren't that interesting. Well, I'll say Nadal, he's cute.
To go out on the town with in Las Vegas?
Andre Agassi. He lives there, so I'd love him to show me the locals' Las Vegas. And then Steffi would be there too. I got on really well with Andre at Bollettieri Academy, he's such a nice guy.
As master of ceremonies at your wedding?
Henri Leconte. He's funny, but also generous, nice and very considerate, if he knows it's important to you.
To take to a football match?
Can I say David Beckham? (laughs) Who plays well?
Well, I'd go with him then. And it would be a chance to get to know him.
To interview if you were a journalist?
Nadal. I'd like to know how he became such an amazing player while staying such a nice guy. I have a tennis academy in Hungary, and I'd like all the young players who want to go pro to see what attitude you need to have, on and off court. That's what I'd talk to him about.
To go to the beach with?
Noah. He's so easy going. He played in an exhibition match in Budapest one day, and I loved the way he was never stressed. He's cool, all the time. He knows how to seize the day. He loves life.
To take to see your favourite band?
I'd go and see Seal or Prince with Nadal.
To play mixed doubles with?
Leander Paes. Martina played with him, and she said he was a real gentleman who respects female tennis players. That's something really important for women players. And he's a great doubles player too, he helps you when you're down, according to Martina.
To go and see stand-up comedy with?
Djokovic. He's great. My grand-daughter asked if she could have a photo with him and he was really nice. That sort of thing says a lot about him.
To open a bar with?
With Noah, in Miami.
To be your spokesperson?
To talk about life with and change the world?
Martina (Navratilova). She's a really good friend, and she's very intelligent.