Philipp, How are you enjoying Brisbabe??
Its good you know, I'm enjoying it here a lot, it's a nice change from the cold weather in Switzerland where I live and Germany isnt much better either. Shame I can't say the same about the people though.
What do you mean by this??
Oh you know, its difficult with some of the players on the tour here, I question their work ethic out on court, i mean, yesterday I saw Novak Djokovic eating a mcdonalds with his coach. He already needs to lose a few pounds and well that just won't help him will it? I saw Melanie Oudin throw her racket up in the air because she was so mad with how horrible she was playing but because her head is so full of air it came down and hit her on the head. I mean, who are these people?
How is your training going??
Good, great even. I've been working with Kei Nishikori on a few things because he really needs help developing his own game and its helping me see the ball earlier and be more aggressive. I believe my returning is top notch now after Laura Robson has been sending down her best serves to me. I'm doing everything right, I just feel sorry for some of the weaker girls out there like Jarmila Gadjosova and Mandy Minella, i mean, they really don't stand a chance.
What are your expectations for the coming year??
Well obviously, after I win Brisbane, its all about getting that Australian Open under my belt, that's why we're all here. I want to have a consistent year reaching the latter stages of tournaments consecutively. And if anyone gets in my way, i will take them down.
Is that a warning to your fellow players??
No i'm too modest for that. I already know that some people fear me out there. I'm just merely saying what they're all thinking.
A word on your next opponent, Andy Murray??
I saw him training earlier and it was laughable.
Do you believe you have already generated a negative vibe in WMTT
That's up to them if they think that. I know the board values my talent and ethusiasm. WMTT without me would just be plain, right??
Thankyou Philipp and good luck in Brisbane!!
Jan 4th, 2013, 12:13 AM
Robson Arrives in Brisbane! Ready to make an Impact!
Laura Robson from Great Britain arrived in Brisbane yesterday intent on making a name for herself in the Brisbane International of the WMTT. Robson looked radiant while making her way to the players party to welcome the new season of WMTT. She was joined with fellow Brits Heather Watson and Andy Murray who are all keen to bring sporting success back to Great Britain. Though this was an opportunity to meet fellow players on the tour, Robson has stated that she isn't out to make any friends. She takes her work very seriously and believes that it's very easy to get distracted from the physical and mentally draining expectations of the tour.
Ye, it's hard. The transition from Junior to Senior is a tough task in itself but with that you have the physical and mental demands of the tour. I'm not here to make friends, I'm here to win. If I make friends on the way, then great. At end of the day it's looking after No.1 that counts.
I feel like I have the weapons to make an impact on the tour. Some of the players on the tour I'm really excited to play against, but I'm just as hungry as them for success. I'm not afraid to fight for what I want. I want what everyone else wants, trophies and World No.1!
Brisbane has been great. I've seen a lot of amazing places while I've been here and training in this kind of heat is ideal to build up a players stamina and athletic ability. I've been training so hard and trying so many different things out. I feel ready but training has been brutal. I can't wait to step out onto the court and show everyone what I can do!
Today, Philipp Kohlshcreiber announced himself as the first champion on the WMTT tour along with Laura Robson in the women's event. This outstanding feat is perhaps down to the German's self belief, endearing personality and his desirability to never give up no matter what. In a revealing interview, the Brisbane champion reveals the key tenets behind his victory here in one of the lead warm up tournaments for Melbourne in a couple of weeks. He tells us his impressions of the WMTT tour and what this year will have in store for him. Kohlschreiber overcame the likes of Andy Murray, James Blake, Fernando Gonzalez and Rafael Nadal to win the first title of the year, showing that a message has been sent to the men's locker room but how is Philipp dealing with the pressure?
Philipp, thankyou for joining us, how do you feel after winning the first title of the WMTT tour?
Well obviously it feels amazing, expected all the same but having the ability to go out there every day and putting you words into actions speaks volumes for my undeniable talent and potential. I was glad I had the opportunity to play here this week and eliminate the people who really don't have any commitment to the tour. I mean, my opponent James Blake was a total gambler and was seen on numerous occasions bailing on his training for a trip to the casino, i mean, it is disgraceful some of the efforts players are putting into their campaigns. I am glad I am the first champion, because I know I deserve it.
You got the title without dropping a set, how did you manage this and who was your toughest opponent?
Some of the players I played against really got on top of me and made me angry which is why I never gave up and had to beat them easily. For example, Gonzalez is really just a disgusting person to be around and when he took me to 5-5, i had to put him down a peg or two. So whilst you could say that he was probably my toughest opponent, he really didnt have anything to hurt me beacuse he is not on the same level as me. Obviously I'm very happy not to drop a set and I hope I can continue this is Sydney to prove to everyone that I'm going to be a dominant force on the WMTT tour.
Do you actually have any friends on the tour?
Well, in my last interview, I had some opinions about Andy Murray and Melanie Oudin but these people are actually very nice and I appreciate their tennis and wish them all the best in the upcoming tournament. But really, I hang out a lot with Laura Robson who is my training partner and she actually just won Brisbane too. We laugh about all the sluts on tour.
What advice would you give to the other players through your experiences?
I would say, buy some of my tapes and watch my matches through and just look how you suck and I don't. If you ever see me in the corridor or locker room, don't look at me, just admire me and be thankful that I actually am sharing a changing room with you because not soon before long, I'll have my own room away from all the peasants on tour.
Do you feel any pressure now being the player to beat?
I will start feeling pressure when somebody can actually take a set from me. I do admire a lot of people's spirit out there to say how little training they do but at the moment, I dont see anything to really make me afraid of losing.
Why do you think the tour is so quiet at the moment?
I really dont know you know, I'm surprised nobody has had anything to say to me but they obviously know that everything I say is right and disputing it would be ridiculous.
How will you win Sydney and Melbourne?
I just will.
Thankyou for your time Philipp
No problem, and no you're not having an autograph.
Jan 17th, 2013, 05:19 AM
:lol: Great and funny article :)! You get another bonus for Sydney !
Jan 17th, 2013, 07:57 PM
I will counter act that article very soon :wavey:
Jan 18th, 2013, 01:38 AM
I look forward :hearts:
Jan 22nd, 2013, 06:20 PM
Robson on being World No.1!
Laura Robson stunned the women's side in Brisbane, the first tournament of the year on the WMTT Tour. She not only brushed aside a full array of talented players but managed to dismantle the mighty Serena Williams, a clear favourite on the tour! Though many are already writing the young Brit off!
Laura your No.1 in the world! Congrats! What did you do after seeing your name at the top of the rankings?
Thanks very much. Well I just kinda looked at the rankings and thought this is a mistake, it's all a dream. I have to admit I had to pinch myself a couple of times, but it's sunk in now. I'm No.1 in the world. I'm not going to lie, I thoroughly deserved it. I really worked hard out there in Brisbane last week, and to beat Serena was also a massive achievement for me. She's a legend.
There seem to be mixed reviews about your place at the top! Many have been vocal about the rankings not being revealed until the Australian Open has been complete?
Well that was the tours choice and a good one I think revealing the rankings straight away. I know that Wozniacki and Oudin have been vocal about this, but lets face it, if they were in my position then I'm sure that it would be a different story. When they win a WMTT Tour Title then they have room to speak their mind but until then I'm not really interested in what they have to say. Maybe if their tennis was as good as them moaning about every little thing then maybe they would actually get some results.
What's the plan being undefeated and all that?
The plan for me is very clear, to keep winning and of course take my first Grand Slam in Australia. I love Australia and I couldn't think of any other place better to do it. If I stay focused and produce the tennis I displayed in Brisbane then I will be fine.