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Ana - Glam Slam
Born in a Yougoslavia in the middle of the war, Ana Ivanovic, 21, reached the first ranks of tennis. A gifted player, who won Roland Garros, it is another facet of this rough diamond that «*sport and style*» reveals : the one of a new ultra glamourous star we exclusively met in Moscow.
1m85, 67 kilos, a perfect ovale face. A peaches and cream complexion, a gracious silhouette, a devastating smile, sparkling eyes and a spontaneous kindness…Yet, it was a near thing for her(!). The most beautiful roses often grow at the most improbable places: it is the case for Ana.
Born in Belgrade in 1987 in an ordinary family, raised in ex-Yougoslavia, in the middle of the war, Ana’s life is like a novel. A novel about a young girl from the people, tennis player since the diapers’ age, and who one day becomes n°1. A novel about one of the most beautiful women we have ever seen on courts. A kind of Peau d’Ane meets Cinderella. Nevertheless, the beautiful brunette talks about herself with a mix of distance and ingenousness, and with a submachine gun flow that hardly matches her status of borning star.
One thing puzzles you when you first meet this pretty girl. Why tennis? Why this obsession? And why so young? «Yes, I was really young!(Laughs) 5 years old is so young! And maybe i began earlier, actually! When I was a child, i think i’ve never played with dolls, my hands were always busy with tennis balls or rackets. I have videos in which i must be 3 or 4 years old, and I am dancing…but with a racket! I obviously use it as a guitar! (Laughs)».
At that time, in the Balkans, Monica Seles was a big star who aroused many vocations. Ana remembers : «*I forced my friends to sign at the tennis school. I had memorized the phone number so that my mum could call them. As a result, my father saw i was addicted and he bought me a racket for my size. That’s how i ended up in this school*». The journey of a spoilt child, but who is highly motivated. In the middle of the war, at the end of the 90’s, she wakes up at first light, braves the danger and practices like a professionnal since 7 AM in … an empty olympic swimming pool. Not simple, when you’re 11 y.o. It reinforces the character, and the forehand.
So not everything was rosy in Ana’s life? You can harldy believe it today. «It’s true, it was complicated and difficult at that time. My parents didn’t have money, it was difficult to find a financing in order to set up a Professional career. In 1999, in Serbia, it was the war, there were explosions! I was telling myself that I had no chance to become Professional.*»
A mix of ambition and humility
Yet, the tennis gods, who are never far in Ana’s story, were watching over her. She admits : «* I was Lucky to sign a contract with my manager, in Switzerland. I immediately had the opportunity to travel, to participate in more international tournements, and thus, to face other players. I became aware of the fact that I could possible become a good Professional player. I liked this period!*». Her agent, Gavin Versi, confrims: «*Our boss, Dan Holzmann, was immediately seduced by the mix of ambition and humility thatemanated from Ana when they met. He read the determination in her eyes, and immediately offer to finance her career. He didn’t make a mistake*». In fact, Holzmann, who wasn’t a sport agent at all - but an orange juice Tycoon - created DH Manegement just for Ana. According to Versi, he (Holzmann) considers himself more as Ana’s friend than as her manager. After RG, he offered her Cartier earings!*». The die is cast(!). Ana has her Lucky star, and will have the right to make her place in tennis and, ultimately, a place under the sun.
From the hard years, Ana has kept a good nature. She easily laughs and has mischevious eyes. She knows how lucky she was, and the way she has travelled since the grey Belgrade of thge 90’s :*«*It’s a huge gap! I am more and more aware of this each day, and particularly since i had the opportunity to discover other countries, other places, other cities. Today I have the feeling that I just need to snap my fingers to have everything, like magic. It’s an unbelievable chance.*»
But Ivanovic is not the kind of person who forgets where she comes from. «*When I’m back home, I’m obviously aware of the difference. But things change there too, the situation evolves. Over the last years, Serbia has developped a lot. There are more and more positive initiatives, good things to hel people. It is changing, it’s different from the years of war and after-war. I feel good when I see that things are improving, that my country is better. Well, of course, we still can’t compare New York and Belgrade…*»
Happiness and success
Officially, Ana is a happy girl. Anyway, it would be difficult for her to make us believe the contrary, since she has everything : beauty, talent, succes, future. Nevertheless, now that she is famous, some often search for louses in her head(!!), and this irritates her : «* It’s a pity that the media mix all kind of things about me. When I see that I’m immédiately compared to Kournikova because I lost many matches in a row, or that people write that I don’t want to fight…It irritates me. Really! Because it’s not true! But I know I can’t do much against that. You must have your consciousness, and follow the path which is traced for you; to not let exterior things affect your work. Exterior pression is the worst.*» The answer? Ana is convinced that sometimes you have to get out of tennis to play better : «* You can be at 100% on court and go to a fashion runway. Where is the problem? It’s not a runway or glamourous photos that will distract you from your goal!*»
Funny lucidity and determination for a 21-year-old Young girl. From the begining, Ana’s strength is her family: «*they made things easier for me, it’s certain. Of course my parents, but also my brother. He’s four years younger than me, and he’s here, by my side, on court, since he’s a baby! At around 15, when I started to travel, my mother came with me. It was a big sacrifice for my brother who stayed alone for long weeks with my father! And year after year, their support never weaken : my father often looses his voice for having yelled too much for me during my matches!*»
To live Under the sun
Today she admits being more and more interested to the world of fashion and luxury: «*To be honest, one year ago, I didn’t pay much attention. But I’m a girl, and I have the right to like thes kind of things!(Laugh) I love to dress, especially since I spend a lot of time in sport outfits!*» A huge fan of Eva Mendes and Jessica Alba, Ana has a sober style concerning clothes : «*Honestly, I mostly search for clothes that correspond to me and that suit me. In the end, I prefer being confortable than being trendy but unconfortable! I read magazines, and spot clothes, shoes and bags like every girl!(Laughs)*»
Does Ana still have dreams? «*Sure!*» One is Professional: «*being n°1 again! And win the Grand Slam, that’s something I really want to achieve.*» Other dreams are personal: «*I’d love to have a house with sea sight! And also a boat, because i love sailing. Yes, that’s what i want: sea, sun, sand and to always live in summer!*» wher for instance? «*Sydney, why not? I love Australia. I have family there, and i like going back there. Maybe one day, i’ll buy a house there!*» A place where we don’t play tennis in swimming pools…