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Old Apr 19th, 2009, 06:57 AM   #1
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First article about new Polish wave in women tennis


Ein bisschen Steffi Graf
Von Jörg Winterfeldt 19. April 2009, 04:02 Uhr

Sabine Lisicki erinnert mit ihrer wuchtigen Spielweise an die Grande Dame der Tenniswelt. Und auch bei der 19-Jährigen aus Berlin wird die Karriere vom Vater vorgezeichnet

Besser als in ihrem quietschgelben Kleid konnte Sabine Lisicki ihr Gespür für den rechten Augenblick kaum unter Beweis stellen. Bis zur vergangenen Woche nämlich lief die Saison der jungen deutschen Tennisspielerin so durchwachsen, dass sie vom Ranglistenplatz 49 im vorigen Oktober wieder 14 Positionen hinabgerauscht war.

Doch am kommenden Wochenende steht nun das erste Länderspiel des Jahres an. In Frankfurt treffen Deutschlands beste Tennisfrauen im Fedcup auf China. Es geht um den Aufstieg in die Weltgruppe 1. Zwar war Lisicki, die im Februar 2008 in Kalifornien gegen die USA im Fedcup debütierte, ohnehin gesetzt. Doch fügt es sich sowohl für das eigene Selbstvertrauen als auch für die Werbung recht glücklich, dass sie ausgerechnet in der Woche vor der Partie noch mal richtig zeigt, was sie kann: Lisicki, die voriges Jahr gleich die berühmte Lindsay Davenport im Fedcup mit ihrem Sieg verblüffte, gewann beim Turnier in Charleston/South Carolina im Achtelfinale 6:4, 7:6 gegen deren Landsfrau Venus Williams, immerhin Weltranglistenfünfte und Wimbledonsiegerin. "Das war damals echt cool, aber der Sieg gegen Venus ist mehr wert", schwärmte Lisicki. "Ich habe manchmal ein bisschen viel riskiert, aber das ist halt mein Spiel."

Sabine Lisicki, 19, personifiziert ein Projekt. Ihre Auftritte richten sich nach einem akkuraten Masterplan, den Vater und Trainer Richard mit der Vermarktungsagentur IMG entworfen hat. Zielsetzung: steter Aufstieg in die Spitze. Im vorigen Herbst erreichte sie ihr erstes Profifinale in Taschkent. Sie verlor. In der Nacht zu heute spielte sie im Halbfinale von Charleston nach dem 6:4, 6:0 über die Russin Jelena Wesnina gegen Marion Bartoli (Frankreich) um eine erneute Endspielteilnahme.

Da die Blondine früh verbal sämtliche Zwischenstationen unbescheiden zu überspringen pflegte ("Ich will mal die Nummer 1 werden"), registrierte die Republik Lisicki nur skeptisch als nächste Möchte-gern-Steffi-Graf. Inzwischen wächst das Vertrauen, dass der großen Klappe tatsächlich die große Karriere folgen könnte: "Zwar ist das Ziel Nummer 1 sehr, sehr ambitioniert", warnt der Sportdirektor des Deutschen Tennisbundes, Klaus Eberhard; aber Lisickis Kombination aus Spielstärke, Schlaghärte und Siegerpsyche stimme optimistisch: "Sabine hebt sich ab von der Masse und hat keine Angst vor großen Namen." Und Bundestrainerin Barbara Rittner erkennt bei Lisicki sogar Ähnlichkeiten zur Ikone Graf: "Sabine kann genau wie damals Steffi einer Gegnerin ihr Spiel aufzwingen, und sie spielt mit der gleichen Wucht wie Steffi."

Sabine Lisickis Karriere folgt einem neuen Trend, den allein das Staatsangehörigkeitenrecht kaschiert. Nach dem Gipfelsturm junger Russinnen, bringt gerade das nächste Land des ehemaligen Ostblocks seine postsozialistische Generation in Stellung: blonde Frauen polnischer Abstammung, vom Ehrgeiz der Väter angetrieben, von ihnen ausgebildet.

Nur Agnieszka Radwanska, 20, Nummer 11 der Welt, bekennt sich noch im Pass zu ihren Wurzeln. Sie startete mit vier Jahren die Tenniskarriere, als Vater Robert als Profi im münsterländischen Gronau Tennis spielte und ihr Training übernahm. Caroline Wozniacki, 18, auf Position 12 empor geschnellt, tritt offiziell als Dänin an, weil Vater Piotr als polnischer Fußballprofi in Odense hängen blieb. Er unterrichtet seine 1990 geborene Tochter im Tennis, seit sie sieben wurde.

Sabine Lisickis Eltern verließen vor 30 Jahren als Akademiker Polen. "Als Historiker musste man sich entweder dem System unterordnen oder auswandern", klagt Richard Lisicki. Nachdem er jahrelang in mühevoller Kleinarbeit ohne große Sponsoren Reisekosten für seine Tochter einsammelte ("Ich weiß, was Klinkenputzen ist"), legt er großen Wert auf die neue Identität: "Ein Teil meiner Familie war deutscher Abstammung, ich bekam die Staatsangehörigkeit als Spätaussiedler. Sabine ist Deutsche - nicht nur wegen der Geburt hier."

Lisicki ließ sich mit seiner Frau Elisabeth, einer Künstlerin, einst in Bonn nieder, jobbte als Tennistrainer in Reichshof-Eckenhagen im Bergischen Land und studierte an der Deutschen Sporthochschule in Köln. Seiner Tochter obliegt es seither, den Erfolg seiner beruflichen Betätigung zu dokumentieren. Für Sabine nämlich zogen die Lisickis vor sechs Jahren in eine 70 Quadratmeter große Drei-Zimmer-Wohnung nach Berlin, weil sie fanden, dass sich nirgends in Deutschland die schulische Ausbildung der Tochter mit der profisportlichen so gut vernetzen ließe wie am ehemaligen DDR-Elite-Internat im Stadtteil Hohenschönhausen: Während sie sich aber vom Gymnasium nach der zehnten Klasse beurlauben ließ, stapeln sich zu Hause inzwischen überall ihre Pokale.

Geht es nach Vater Lisicki, so hängt Sabines Erfolg im Sturm an die Ranglistenspitze vor allem davon ab, dass sie die Thesen seiner in Breslau eingereichten Promotion folgsam in der Praxis abarbeitet: "Trainingsmethoden für die Entwicklung der Schlaggeschwindigkeit unter Beibehaltung der Schlagpräzision". Die Fachwelt staunt, wie sie die väterlichen Lektionen vom Bum-Bum-Tennis umsetzt: "Sie verfügt über sehr, sehr harte Schläge und hat einen sehr guten Treffpunkt", lobt Verbandsmann Eberhard, "auch der erste Aufschlag ist stark."

Um ihr Powertennis erstklassiger Prägung ganz unmittelbar einbimsen zu können, verbringt Lisicki mit seiner Tochter seit fünf Jahren sehr viel Zeit in der Akademie von Startrainer Nick Bollettieri in Florida. Da deren Eigentümer IMG auch ihr Vermarkter ist, spart Lisicki die jährlichen Kosten von etwa 40 000 Dollar. Mit den Managern entwirft Lisicki auch den Turnierplan seiner Tochter: "Wichtig ist, dass Sabine 60 Prozent ihrer Spiele gewinnt", sagt IMG-Mann Olivier van Lindonk, "notfalls spielt sie dafür in einer niedrigeren Turnierkategorie."

Doch amortisiert sich der ganze Aufwand der Familie nur schleppend: Mehr als einen Schläger- und einen Bekleidungsausrüster hat Lisickis Aufstieg bisher nicht geködert. Die 326 340 Dollar Preisgeld in drei Profijahren mussten weitgehend zur Kostendeckung herhalten. "Geld steht nur an zweiter Stelle", sagt der Vater, "aber so wie wir das Ganze aufgezogen haben, wäre es toll, wenn Sabine mal viel verdienen würde."
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Old Jun 19th, 2009, 08:46 PM   #2
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NYTimes today: "Polish Diaspora Fills Women’s Top Ranks "
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Special Report: Wimbledon
Polish Diaspora Fills Women’s Top Ranks
CHRISTOPHER CLAREY
Published: June 19, 2009

The primary languages of the women’s tennis tour — English, Spanish and French — have been joined in recent years by Russian and Chinese.

But there is a new language making inroads on the practice courts and in player restaurants and even in the later rounds of important tournaments: Polish.

“It’s good to not all the time have to speak in English on the tour,” said the Polish star Agnieszka Radwanska, 20. “It’s good to get the chance to speak your own language; it makes you more comfortable.”

The 11th-ranked Radwanska, Poland’s biggest tennis star since Wojtek Fibak in the 1970s and ’80s, has plenty of opportunity these days. And not just because her younger sister, Urszula, 18, who was also a Wimbledon junior champion, has been making progress and is now 71st in the world.

There is also an expanding group of players of Polish origin who are making a significant impact, led by Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, Aleksandra Wozniak of Canada and Sabine Lisicki of Germany.

All three are the Polish-speaking daughters of first-generation Polish immigrants. “We all hang out,” Wozniak said. “It’s a good connection.”

All three are in the top 50 in the world, with Wozniacki, 18, leading the way at No. 9 and Wozniak, 21, at a career-high ranking of 23 after her surprise run to the fourth round of the French Open.

No wonder fan sites tracking the Polish tennis diaspora have begun to emerge on the Web. There have been others worth tracking of late, too, including Olivia Rogowska, an Australian teenager who is the daughter of Polish immigrants, who reached the second round in Paris this year after receiving a wild card.

“I think the immigrant mentality is a powerful thing,” Wozniak said by telephone from Eastbourne, England, this week. “They are people who will do anything to achieve their dreams. They have this very strong desire to accomplish goals. They are perfectionist and work hard, because of this mentality. I know, because I have it, and I know how much I never want to give up.”

Though she looked overwhelmed by the occasion in Paris when she lost to Serena Williams on center court in the fourth round, Wozniak has quickly recovered her cool and rhythm. In Eastbourne, she upset Svetlana Kuznetsova, the new French Open champion, in two lopsided sets and had a semifinal date with Wozniacki on Friday.

Wozniacki and Wozniak, whose similar surnames have long been a source of confusion in the junior and now senior ranks, are both the children of former Polish soccer players. Wozniacki’s father played professionally in Poland and Denmark, which explains how his daughter happened to become Denmark’s first truly world-class women’s tennis player. Her mother played volleyball for the Polish national team.

Wozniak’s father also played soccer professionally in Poland before immigrating to Montreal in 1983 with his wife and their first daughter, Dorota, who would become a top junior in Canada and later played tennis for San Diego State University.

Aleksandra was born in Montreal but has made several visits to Poland.

“We live in a different world,” she said. “I was born in Montreal, but definitely I was growing up Polish. So I feel pretty much I have a strong connection to my Polish heritage. But I feel Canadian and definitely am proud of being a Canadian and representing the country all over the world in a sport where there are not many Canadians anymore.”

Lisicki, a 19-year-old born in Germany, has followed a more established path to her world ranking of 43. For the last several years she has trained regularly with her father as her coach at the Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida.

Fibak, an entrepreneur and art collector, now does occasional tennis commentary for Polish television. For him, Agnieszka Radwanska is the new Martina Hingis. She is “a natural mover who understands the geometry of the court,” he said. Wozniacki is in the same vein as Maria Sharapova, he said, not because of her recent shoulder problems but because “she’s hitting so hard off both wings.” Lisicki, for Fibak, “moves and hits like Kim Clijsters,” the former world No. 1 from Belgium.
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An interview with: Olivia Rogowska


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Must have been quite an experience for you.
OLIVIA ROGOWSKA: Yeah, it was crazy. It was lots of fun. Every time I won a point, the crowd was really loud. I had thrills down my spine. It was, yeah, crazy.

Q. How did it feel like after a match like that? Must be disappointed, but also encouraged?
OLIVIA ROGOWSKA: Yeah, like, I'm disappointed that I was in a winning position and I let it go. But, no, it's a great learning experience, and I've you know, getting confidence that I can match it up to the No. 1 player in the world today. Just a little bit have to get more mentally tougher, and hopefully not let it slip again next time.

Q. Did it feel at times as if you were playing the No. 1 player?
OLIVIA ROGOWSKA: No. I personally didn't think I played great. I thought I could have served much better. I was making quite a few mistakes, so I was surprised that, you know, she was giving me free points.
But, you know, I put a lot of pressure on her serve, and it seemed to crumble a bit. But, no, you know, she obviously picked up her game in the third, and that's obviously why she's No. 1.

Q. At 4 2 in the third, could you see the finish line?
OLIVIA ROGOWSKA: Yeah. Well, you know, I was serving pretty average, and I thought, you know, if I served a bit better it would have been a different result. So, you know, next time I won't let that happen again.

Q. Have you spoken to your parents back home?
OLIVIA ROGOWSKA: No, I haven't. I'm not sure what the time is in Melbourne, but I know that they were going to camp out in front of the telly and watch it. So I bet they had a heart attack or two. (laughter.)
I haven't spoken to them yet. I'll let them calm down for a bit.

Q. Many really experienced players who come into this room say it's incredible to go out there on that huge stadium. You're such a young person. Can you describe what it was like out there, what you were feeling inside?
OLIVIA ROGOWSKA: Well, as I walked onto the court, it's just so big. Like, it's huge.
And at first it wasn't packed, but then as the match went on, like I could tell that lots more people came. They were really loud, and I thought they were actually going for me a bit more than they were going for Dinara.
And, yeah, I really appreciate all the support I got. It was so much fun, like, I couldn't I can't describe, you know, like when they clap for you and cheer for you and scream out your name. It was amazing.

Q. How did you keep your from mind just racing and going to other thoughts?
OLIVIA ROGOWSKA: Um, well, I was told by my coach to just take one point at a time. I started off a bit shaky, but as I got into it, you know, that really helped me, just, you know, focus on the point I'm playing now and try not to think too much.
I thought I did that pretty well in the first set. In the second set I thought she really loosened up and started hitting the ball a bit harder.
But in the third, yeah, I guess 4 2 up, I just have to stay more mentally tougher and not let my emotions...

Q. Deep into the third, what were you trying to tell yourself?
OLIVIA ROGOWSKA: Just to stay calm. My heart was just going crazy, and I was breathing like really fast. So next time I guess, again, I'm just going to have to learn to stay calm, and, you know, not get too excited.

Q. Were you conscious of the big amount of pressure you were putting on the No. 1?
OLIVIA ROGOWSKA: I wasn't really. I realized that after the match. I should have thought that during the match. Could've given me a bit more confidence.
But yeah, like, you know, I thought I was returning pretty well today. I put pressure on her serve, and that seemed to crumble, especially in the tight situations.

Q. Do you have a different feeling about where your game is at now, having done so well against the No. 1? Doing this and putting pressure on her, seeing what the quality is of the player, does it tell you that maybe you're farther along, gives you more encouragement?
OLIVIA ROGOWSKA: Well, I felt like I kept up with her. Like I didn't think she blew me off court, and, you know, I had no chance. But I ran hard and I got to some balls I got them back, and, you know, put pressure on her.
I thought, you know I'm disappointed I lost, and I didn't expect to say that after playing the No. 1 player in the world. It's a bit weird.

Q. Are you nervous now?
OLIVIA ROGOWSKA: Um, no, just, you know, the emotions are still, you know, disappointment and excitement and everything.

Q. You talked about putting pressure on her serve and stepping inside the baseline. When you and your coach discussed strategy, was putting pressure on her not only physically but mentally an issue?
OLIVIA ROGOWSKA: Not really. He just told me to just play my game and just have confidence in my game, and that's what I did. I guess it all just ended up...

Q. You were aware that she's had a record in finals and she hasn't been able to come through mentally. Was that part of your mindset?
OLIVIA ROGOWSKA: Well, yeah, a few people told me that, you know, the last couple of weeks that she's been struggling a bit mentally. They just said, Stick with her and just put pressure on her.
But, you know, no one really expected me to get that close.

Q. You've done incredibly well in this press conference and for the media here in New York.
OLIVIA ROGOWSKA: Thank you.

Q. Will your success here give you more confidence for future press conferences?
OLIVIA ROGOWSKA: Well, yeah, definitely. Like, you know, this is the biggest media room I've been in, and you know, like I'm starting to get used to it. This is my first year playing all the professional Grand Slams and some of the WTA events, so I'm starting to get used to it and really enjoying it. I love it.

Q. Your father came from Poland? Your parents came from Poland?
OLIVIA ROGOWSKA: Yeah, both my mom and dad.

Q. When did they move to Melbourne?
OLIVIA ROGOWSKA: I was born in Melbourne, but they moved to Melbourne a year before I was born. I was born and grew up in Melbourne.

Q. Your dad was your coach from how long?
OLIVIA ROGOWSKA: Well, we hit a lot when I was younger. And, yeah, he sent me off to a professional coach when I was around 10. He coached me for a couple of years. I beat him when I was 13, so he said it was time to move on.

Q. You talked about being nervous toward the end. Can you sense when your opponent was nervous, and did you sense whether she was?
OLIVIA ROGOWSKA: Um, she didn't look it. Like she looked really pumped up and really, you know, threw in quite big, Come ons. So I guess her attitude just got more fierce and aggressive, and I guess that's why she's No. 1.
Like I thought I kind of stepped back and she stepped forward, and that's why it turned around.

Q. What's the biggest match you've played before today?
OLIVIA ROGOWSKA: Well, this, because yeah, I've never played in front of so many people, and television. Pretty much everyone I know is watching on TV. That was a big factor for nerves, so I was really happy that I managed to calm down quickly and play some good tennis.

Q. Do you think about that during the match when you were actually down a serve that, that people back home are watching you?
OLIVIA ROGOWSKA: Yeah, I pictured my parents sitting on the couch, and that's a lot of pressure.

Q. Do you have a message for your family and friends back home?
OLIVIA ROGOWSKA: Do I have a message? Well, I haven't been home for five months and I'm going really missing home. I'm going home after this, so I'm so excited. I'm so excited.

Q. Did you start cramping up at all?
OLIVIA ROGOWSKA: I did. It was the first time ever. Where was it? Midway through third set, I felt like something happened in my thigh, but it passed quickly. It was weird.

Q. What were you doing at this time last year?
OLIVIA ROGOWSKA: I was watching the US Open back home, wishing I was here. Yeah, a step closer. It's good.

Q. What's your schedule from here until the end of the year?
OLIVIA ROGOWSKA: Um, back home playing quite a lot of challengers, a bit lower. It's good for ranking points, and my goal is to get into the Grand Slams off my own ranking instead of wild cards.
Try and get a few more matches and a few more points and just, you know, get the experience and ranking.

Q. What about a preferred surface? Do you have a favorite surface?
OLIVIA ROGOWSKA: I grew up on clay, so I like sliding. I like the bounce. And hardcourt and then probably grass. Yeah. Yeah. It's good.

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It was fun to watch Olivia Dinara match. Olifka played so good. Real fighting spirit great attitude all the way. Reminded me match Isia Masha. Just the result does not fit. Olifka got me as her fan.
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This time from today's NY Globe

Maspeth Teens Serving Notice of Tennis Dreams

By Ian Thomson
Nicole Rydzewski/Photo by Ian Thomson
Poland has never been known for its tennis players. Since Wimbledon hosted the first major tennis tournament in 1877, only one player born in the country has reached a Grand Slam singles final—her name was Jadwiga Jędrzejowska. She reached the women’s finals of Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, and the French Open in the late 1930s; she lost on all three occasions.

But a wave of players with Polish backgrounds is suddenly lapping against the highest shores of the women’s game. Currently, seven of the world’s top 160 players speak Polish as their first language, and the trend is not exclusive to the professional level. Two Maspeth teens of Polish heritage have emerged among the top tennis players in New York State, spurred on by the exploits of this new generation.

Nicole Rydzewski, 16, is ranked 13th in her age bracket in Tennis Recruiting Network’s assessment of the top college recruiting prospects in the state. Pauline Syrnik, 15, is ranked 21st in her age group. The girls have known each other since early childhood, growing up together in Maspeth as the daughters of Polish immigrants. Their backgrounds share parallels with the clutch of young women now making an assault on the game’s summit.

Both girls attended this month’s U.S. Open tournament at Flushing Meadows where Caroline Wozniacki reached the women’s final, a result that sees the 19-year-old climb to fifth in the world rankings. Wozniacki’s father was a professional soccer player in Poland before moving to Denmark, where his daughter was born and raised. Polish-born Agnieszka Radwanska, 20, also reached the Top 10 recently, while her younger sister Urszula, 18, has risen to 63rd.

“My dad went to college with their [the Radwanska sisters’] dad in Kraków,” Syrnik said, “and Caroline is really inspiring.”

Rydzewski agreed that Wozniacki’s accomplishments provide impetus to her own game. “She’s so good and she’s mentally tough,” Rydzewski said. “She’s got good strokes. She never gives up during a match. It’s not over until it’s over.”

Those are characteristics that Rydzewski and Syrnik are working to improve upon. Their ambition is to play college tennis and, if they are good enough, to reach professional level, but for now they are benefiting from being part of the phenomenally successful tennis program at St. Francis Preparation School in Fresh Meadows, Queens. The girls’ team is the reigning New York State champion, the 12-time school division champion, and the 10-time Mayor’s Cup winner—a tournament run by the New York Junior Tennis League at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

St. Francis coach John Brennan has engineered this decade of dominance by instilling a strong sense of diligence in his players. “Most high school teams do not practice nearly as hard or nearly as often as we do,” he said. Fortunately, Rydzewski and Syrnik have the perfect role model in Wozniacki to drive them on.

“Pauline is a very hard hitter; she’s a very aggressive baseliner,” Brennan said. “Nicole is not as aggressive but is more mobile. She has very good foot speed. They’re both excellent players.”

Rydzewski’s father was born in Greenpoint to Polish immigrants. He met his wife-to-be while back in Poland and they returned to the U.S. in the early 1990s to be married. “My dad played tennis for fun when he was younger, but he couldn’t afford lessons,” Rydzewski said. “He knows playing tennis is a good opportunity for college scholarships, so he wanted me to get the chance to get one.”

Syrnik’s parents met in Greenpoint after they both left Poland in 1990, although her introduction to tennis was not as natural. “I used to be pretty anti-social,” she confessed. At age 7, her judo-playing father introduced her to the sport to encourage her personal development. “When I was playing tennis, it helped me. I liked the competition, and all the friends you meet,” she said.

The girls, like many in New York’s Polish community, started playing at Greenpoint’s McCarren Park under the tutelage of Miroslaw Pucek. He sees a link between the success of his former pupils and that of second-generation Polish stars such as Wozniacki.

“I came to the U.S. 30 years ago with a dream of becoming a tennis coach,” Pucek said. “It was the same with those parents. They had the contact with the sport.

“Lots of people in Poland couldn’t afford to play. Lots of tennis clubs were police clubs and working class people didn’t want to play there, so this was their dream when they left: to have their children being tennis players.”

Rydzewski is optimistic about the future of the game in the Polish community. “Especially after Wozniacki reaching the (U.S. Open) final, I think more people are going to want to play,” she said. “Because in Poland no one was really that good. People didn’t look into tennis that much. Now maybe they will.”
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Des reines du Tennis au One&Only Le St Geran
Vendredi, 06 Novembre 2009 00:00

Elles sont quatre à être en vacances à l'île Maurice. Caroline Wozniaki, Agnieszka Radwanska, Urszula Radwanska et Angelique Kerber résident actuellement au One&Only Le Saint Geran où elles profitent du calme après de rudes compétitions.
Urszula, Agnieszka, Caroline et Angelique entourent une cliente de l'hôtel

Urszula, Agnieszka, Caroline et Angelique entourent une cliente de l'hôtel
C'est la première fois que les quatre « tennis women » se retrouvent ensemble en vacances. Elle se connaissent depuis qu'elles sont enfants. Elles jouent ensemble, s'affrontent souvent sur le court de tennis, mais Caroline confie que c'est bien la première fois qu'elle ont la chance de se retrouver pour une fois ensemble hors du court, pour se détendre en vacances.

« On se connaît depuis qu'on a à peu près neuf ans. Mais on passe plus de temps à jouer ensemble ou alors l'un contre l'autre dans des compétitions, que de passer des vacances ensemble », lance Caroline Wozniacki.

Elles sont quatre des meilleures joueuses de tennis au monde. Caroline Wozniaki, qui est du Denmark se classe 4ème au WTA. Agnieszka Radwanska, qui vient de Pologne est elle en 10ème position, alors que Urszula Radwanska, aussi de la Pologne est au numéro 67 et Angelique Kerber d'Allemagne au rang 93.

Élégantes et toujours aussi gracieuses, les quatre joueuses disent adorer le cadre et l'expérience du One&Only Le Saint Geran. Elles n'ont pas manqué de se faire remarquer par les clients de l'hôtel, surtout les amateurs de tennis, qui avaient mille et une questions à leur poser.
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Re: Exported Polish players

Gabriela Dabrowski - the suprise winner of Orange Bowl for under 18(as no. 48 on junior list)
and SF week earlier in Eddie Herr.

From her own blog. during Jun. Fed Cup 2007 for Canada

CANADA - Gabriela Dabrowski, Canada No.1
On today’s blog I thought I would tell you about the day I got to hit with Martina Hingis.

I spent six months training at the Saddlebrook Academy in Florida, where a lot of the top professional players come to play. Andy Roddick and James Blake both trained at Saddlebrook while I was there – and no, I didn’t try returning Roddick’s serve! – but in Spring this year I spent three hours on court with Hingis, a five-time grand slam champion. It was a really great hitting experience. She was so sweet and nice and friendly and we did a lot of great drills. She is really a pleasure to be around and you can learn a lot from her personality and the way she plays tennis.

She never misses. I stayed with her okay but it made me realise how consistent you have to be at that level and how deep players hit. The depth of her ball was incredible and I learned a lot just from being out there with her. I was really nervous at the beginning and then I kind of settled down a bit and I didn’t miss too much which hopefully made it a good experience for her too. The fact that she was so nice helped a lot because after a while you can forget that you are out there with someone who has won five grand slam titles and realise that she is just a normal person like anyone else.

That was definitely the highlight of my time at Saddlebrook but it was a good experience overall. Apart from the training I got there, it also got me used to being away from home, which is something you have to deal with as a tennis player. I like travelling though – Paris is my favourite place because it’s so beautiful. I love sightseeing at places like the Eiffel Tower and the Champs Elysees but most of all I think it has a great atmosphere. I think I like the busyness of city life more than country life so it suits my personality. My other favourite place is Poland, which is where my family is from. My grandparents live a couple of hours outside of Warsaw and I visit them as often as I can. I can even manage a little bit of Polish – I don’t speak that much but I understand almost everything and I do try and speak it a bit when I go to Poland.

It’s been interesting to come to Reggio Emilia. I had never been to Italy before so I did not really know what to expect, though of course I have seen Italy on films and TV shows. It is a beautiful town though, with lots of interesting apartment buildings. I love that style of living.

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From Canada to Australia

Cykl ITF kobiet: Polskie Australijki rządzą u siebie
autor: Martin Saczek, 2009-11-29, 15:58, źródło: inf. własna

W niedzielnym finale turnieju ITF w australijskim Kalgoorlie (pula 25 tys. dol.) spotkały się córki polskich emigrantów: szykująca się do powrotu do elity Alicia Molik oraz wschodząca gwiazdka tamtejszego tenisa Olivia Rogowska.
Obie tenisistki do tej pory spotkały się trzykrotnie. Dwukrotnie wygrała Molik, ale w finale ubiegłotygodniowego turnieju w Esperance górą była Rogowska. Tym razem udało się Molik, byłej rakiecie nr 8 na świecie. Pokonała 7:6(6), 6:3 młodszą koleżankę, która w tegorocznym US Open była o krok od wyeliminowania Dinary Safiny, liderki listy WTA.

28-letnia Molik postanowiła zrobić sobie przerwę w startach po ubiegłorocznych igrzyskach olimpijskich w Pekinie. Tytuł w Kalgoorlie jest dla niej drugim trofeum po sierpniowym powrocie do cyklu zawodowego.

Zawodniczka, której rodzice w latach 80-tych wyemigrowali do Australii, w tym roku zagra jeszcze w zawodach ITF w Bendigo, a następnie powalczy o dziką kartę do Australian Open w specjalnym turnieju play-off w Melbourne.

Polska diaspora na antypodach może się poszczycić jeszcze kilkoma zawodowymi tenisistkami. W barwach Australii grają: Monique Adamczak, Monika Wejnert czy Karolina Wlodarczak, finalistka tegorocznego turnieju ITF w Olecku.
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Wozniacki wants to be Polish tennis star
21.05.2010 16:49

Caroline Wozniacki or Karolina Woźniacka,

Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki aims to win Polish fans’ hearts and conquer the large Polish market by stressing her Polish origin.

Wozniacki, ranked No. 3 behind the Williams sisters in the WTA ratings, was born in Denmark and represents the Scandinavian country in international tennis tournaments but her parents are Polish.

This week Wozniacki was the biggest star at the Warsaw Open, though she was forced to pull out after injuring her ankle in the quarterfinals, which may jeopardize her participating at the French Open.

Agnieszka Radwanska, the top Polish female tennis player and WTYA ranked No. 8, did not participate in the tournament as she is in conflict with the organizer of the Warsaw Open.

Caroline and Agnieszka, rivals on court, are friends. The competition between the two young stars may become even fiercer now as Wozniacki aims to win not only more points in WTA ranking, but also Polish fans’ hearts and therefore tapping into Poland’s sponsorship market.

“Caroline has the right character and great results. Tennis fans are going to love her,” predicts Adam Romer, sports journalist.

To woo a Polish audience Caroline stresses her Polish origin, wants to be referred to by her original name Karolina Woźniacka and speaks Polish on court and during press conferences.

Wozniacki is already a star in Denmark. She frequently appears on billboards or in TV commercials. She also created her own brand of beauty products. But Denmark, with just 5.5 million inhabitants, has become too small for an ambitious tennis player. “Her staff will certainly try to conquer the Polish market with almost 40-million consumers,” says Hayder. (mg)

Source: Newsweek, sport.pl

Related link: http://www.carolinewozniacki.dk/
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Re: Exported Polish players

Although Sam Stosur is not regular "exported Polish player" she does has Polish roots

Samantha Stosur Interview
French Open
Friday, June 4, 2010

Q. Can you tell us whether Team Stosur has left Australia and how many have actually managed to get on the plane?

SAMANTHA STOSUR: Well, I can tell you that at least mom and dad and my older brother have come. I thought my little brother wasn't coming, but now I've been told today he is on the plane.
So I have absolutely no idea, but apparently they get in tomorrow morning.

Q. A few years ago you were a doubles player, No. 1. At that time, did you think that you could be one of the best single players?
SAMANTHA STOSUR: Well, I always was trying to become a better singles player through that whole time and had very good success in doubles. So it was just one of those things.
I thought I could definitely get better than what I was. Whether I ever thought that I'd be in this position, I don't know. I always would have liked to have been able to achieve what I've achieved.
So now to actually do it, yeah, I'm very happy with that.

Q. Back to your parents and your family arriving, what's it going to be like taking to the court knowing that they're there watching you? Because they don't always make it being in Australia and that far across the world to see you.
SAMANTHA STOSUR: Yeah, well, it will be great knowing they're there. It's a special moment no matter what happens tomorrow. They, I'm sure, didn't want to miss it.
But as for everything else, I've got to try and block everything out and just play the match. But knowing that they're there supporting me I think will be great.

Q. Are they indeed going to make it? They got on a plane or are getting on a plane? I know it's a long trip in a very short time.
SAMANTHA STOSUR: I think they have left. I spoke to dad quickly last night, and they said they were going to be coming. I said, When do you leave? He said, In five hours. My brother was still at work and whatever else. I don't know what's happened between when I spoke and now, where they are, but they're going to be here.

Q. Obviously you want to win tomorrow. I'm just wondering, is there also maybe a shared sense of accomplishment, satisfaction, joy, when the two of you step on the court because obviously the circumstances for both of you is somewhat similar?
SAMANTHA STOSUR: Yeah, absolutely. I think it's going to be a great for both of us no matter who wins. I want to enjoy it as much as I can.
Hopefully we can have a good match and just make the most of it. Yeah, it's gonna be a day we're both gonna remember.

Q. Is there a moment when you say, I'm fed up being just a double player and I want to be one of the best in singles?
SAMANTHA STOSUR: Yeah, I mean, I never was only a doubles player. I always played singles and I was always trying to be a better singles player.
I got this label of a doubles specialist and a doubles player because I had good success, but that whole time I was my goal was to do those kinds of things in singles.

Q. And why did you change to become one of the best singles players?
SAMANTHA STOSUR: Well, like I said, I never had to change because I was always trying to do it. Just the last couple of years have really been a big jump from 2006, 2007 when I was in the final here of the doubles.
It wasn't like I made a huge conscious decision to go and change anything. I was just maybe a little bit more focused, and it just kind of went from there.

Q. Obviously if this was Melbourne it would be pretty mental around the place; you'd be struggling to deal with all the cameras and all the pressure. Does it make it easier and easier to focus on what is this magnificent opportunity you've created for yourself being so far away from home?
SAMANTHA STOSUR: Yeah, I guess it does. It's pretty crazy as it is, so I couldn't imagine what it would be like being in Australia right now. Maybe that is a good thing. You don't see the papers and you don't walk around the streets and have people recognize you all the time and stuff like that.
But it's still obviously I know what's going on, but you're not right there in amongst it.

Q. On a totally lighter note, if I could, you have, shall we say, a fairly unusual name. Could you give us one incident, or what's it like living your life with that name, and is there a story you could tell us?
SAMANTHA STOSUR: As in my last name?

Q. Yeah, that's right. (Laughter.)
SAMANTHA STOSUR: Well, my grandfather is Polish, and it's a Polish name. Not really any funny stories. But I don't know, for some reason, a lot of Australian tennis players have come from a Polish background.
That's maybe just a big coincidence, but there is a big group of us with that history in our families.

Q. How encouraging has it been, the warm weather finally returning here, with all that it does to your game over the last few days?
SAMANTHA STOSUR: Yeah, well, yesterday was the warmest day so far. I don't know what the temperature is going to be tomorrow, but it's pretty hot today.
Yeah, maybe that will be good for me. I think whatever the conditions tomorrow I've won in cold this week and yesterday was warm, so at least I've had a taste of both scenarios, I guess.
So I'll be ready for anything that happens tomorrow. But if it's sunshine, then it will be a nice day.

Q. Have you ever spoken to Caroline Wozniacki about your shared heritage? On a different subject, could you talk about what Dave brings to you as a coach? You've been with him for a while. Seems like a good coach.
SAMANTHA STOSUR: No, I haven't really spoken to Caroline because I don't speak any polish, so I don't want to embarrass myself speaking to someone who does.
Well, Dave, I've been with Dave we've known each or for a long time. He's been our Fed Cup captain for years, and privately the last couple years. I think from where my game was to now, you can't really compare the two since I started with him.
He's had lots of great experiences, and I really respect what he has to tell me on the court. We've become good friends, too.
I think it's a perfect situation. We work really well together. It's just kind of been quite a cool ride to this point.

Q. You've had an incredible run so far. Do you feel any more pressure buildup for tomorrow's final?
SAMANTHA STOSUR: No, not really. Not at the moment, anyway. Yeah, I know it's a final and everything else, and I've had some great matches up to this point. But none of those win me the match tomorrow.
I've got to go out there and try and play it like any other match, and go out there and play my game and try and block all those other things out.
Yeah, it's been really fantastic up until this time, so hopefully I can make it a little bit better.

Q. Yesterday you mentioned that you were a big fan of Patrick Rafter when he was playing. Did you have any contact with him about your success until now?
SAMANTHA STOSUR: Yeah, he's good friends with my agent, actually. He's been sending a few text messages through. Yeah, it's nice to know that someone like him is behind me and willing me on.

Q. Some advices for big finals?
SAMANTHA STOSUR: Oh, just good luck and best wishes and that kind of stuff.

Q. You just spoke before about retaining that focus. What will the next 24 hours entail? Are you going to sort of chill out with films, or what will you be doing?
SAMANTHA STOSUR: Well, practice a little bit. That's about it. Go for dinner and keep everything the same. Pack my bag and just get organized like any other match. Try to go to sleep tonight and wake up tomorrow and do the same thing.
You're not going to really try and change anything and say, Okay, I have to try and relax by doing this. I'm just going to have to do what I feel.
But, yeah, try and keep it as low key as possible.

Q. It was mentioned before obviously, you know, if this was Melbourne, all the other craziness is back home. Is that the reason why I guess it's been 30 odd years since Australians have had success at the Australian Open. We've won Wimbledon, US Open titles, as well, and obviously you're in the finals here at the French. Does it help a lot being away from home? And do you think that's been a factor even for other Australians in the past?
SAMANTHA STOSUR: I don't know. I mean, up until this point I thought I've made fourth round of the Australian Open twice, and they were great results for where I was. So I never felt like I had really performed badly at home. I always enjoyed playing at home and liked that experience.
Yeah, I know some players in the past have struggled with that and not had the best results at home. Not just Australians, but people from everywhere.
So I think it's just one of those things. Yeah, maybe not being right in all the hype does help a little bit.
But having said that, it would be incredible to do the same thing there. So you don't really it's hard to say why, but, yeah, maybe it does make a little bit of a difference.
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A month ago, Polish tabloid Super Express published the interview with Angelique according to which, she wants to represent Poland but Polish Association ignores her and doesn't want to talk to her. And now it occured that whole interview was made up and concocted. Not only she still doesn't know if she wants to represent Poland but she even hasn't been to Poland for a few months. She will be thinking about her nationality when she comes to her tennis centre (Angie Tennis Academy) in Puszczykowo, Poland at the end of the month. Furthermore, PZT won't ignore her when she asks about the possibility of representing Poland by her. Also some people made up that Radwanska family block the talks with Angie as they don't want to have any competition in Poland. Plain stupid
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Angelique Kerber: "I feel more Polish than German"
Written by jess3781 on Nov-5-08 4:34pm
From: tenniswta.blogspot.com



According to an interview on the Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza (posted by Martin2910) the German Angelique Kerber is thinking about changing her nationality from German to Polish.

The 20-year-old tennis player, who is ranked 121 in the world but was as high as 67 in 2007, says that she has Polish roots and that she often trains in that country.

Check out what she said during the interview...

- I can sing already some "Dąbrowski's Mazurka" (polish national anthem). Certainly, not whole, but when I have decided to change my nationality into polish, I will keep up with it - declares Angelique Kerber.

journalist: Apparently you want to change your nationality into polish?

Angelique Kerber: I am still thinking about it, but there's a lot to do before. I've got polish roots, most of my family lives upon Vistula, when I have free time, I'm training in Puszczykowo, in my grandfather's tennis center.

Your grandfather called his tennis center by your name. Is he also an initiator of changing nationality?

I began to consider changing nationality. I feel polish. My grandfather has never played tennis, but since the beginning he supported me. Maybe I want to do it also for him. I've got a polish passport, so I need also to have the final decision and supple some documents.

It's difficult choice. Be the successor of Steffi Graf or Agnieszka Radwanska?

Aga also lived in Germany (laugh). With polish players I get on very well, but I don't have any problem with Germans. I stick together with Sabina Lisicki, who also has got polish roots. When Germans are not to understand something, we talk in polish.

You played for Germany in Fed Cup. Won't you be accused of a lack of consequence?

Germans will rather accept my decision. Everything will go with no controversy, because they see and feel that I am half Polish. But in this country there often happens to naturalize the players.

You're 20. Aren't you afraid that it's immature decision?

- I still get advise from my family. A Year ago I played in Fed Cup as German. To change the nationality, I need two years of grace. I don't see contraindications but I must still consider everything.

Big sponsor withdrew from supporting Polish Tennis Association. Doesn't it discourage you?

In each country you must get on yourself, it's an individual sport. You should count of yourself regardless of sponsor. In Germany association helps a bit, but it's not a lot. I earn money only in each tournament.

You're talking as if changing changing of nationality changes nothing in tennis carrier.

In my life there won't be any changes, but I'll have a satisfaction. I haven't make a final decision, but I know that I am more polish.




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It's a late aticle, from one year ago, but I think very nice, have a look:

Polish Spoken Here: New Language and New Stars on Women’s Tour

LONDON — The primary languages of the women’s tennis tour have expanded in recent years, with English, Spanish and French being joined by Russian and Chinese.

But a new language is making inroads on the practice courts and in player restaurants, and even in the later rounds of important tournaments: Polish.

“It’s good to not all the time have to speak in English on the tour,” Agnieszka Radwanska said.

“It’s good to get the chance to speak your own language; it makes you more comfortable.”

The 11th-ranked Radwanska, Poland’s biggest tennis star since Wojtek Fibak, a top men’s player in the ’70s and ’80s, has plenty of opportunity these days. And not only because her younger sister Urszula, 18, who was also a Wimbledon junior champion, has been making steady progress and is 71st in the world.

An expanding group of players of Polish origin is also making a significant impact, led by Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, Aleksandra Wozniak of Canada and Sabine Lisicki of Germany.

“We all hang out,” Wozniak said. “It’s a good connection.”

All three are the Polish-speaking daughters of first-generation Polish immigrants and all are in the top 50 in the world, with the powerfully built 18-year-old Wozniacki leading the way at No. 9. Wozniak is at a career-high ranking of 23rd after her surprise run to the fourth round of the French Open.

No wonder fan sites tracking the Polish tennis diaspora have begun to emerge on the Web. Others have been worth tracking of late, including the Australian teenager Olivia Rogowska, who reached the second round in Paris after receiving a wild-card berth.

“I think the immigrant mentality is a powerful thing,” Wozniak said in a telephone interview last week from Eastbourne, England. “They are people who will do anything to achieve their dreams. They have this very strong desire to accomplish goals; they are perfectionist and work hard because of this mentality. I know, because I have it, and I know how much I never want to give up.”

Though she seemed overwhelmed by the occasion in Paris when she lost to Serena Williams on center court in the fourth round, Wozniak has quickly recovered her cool and rhythm. In Eastbourne, she upset the new French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in two lopsided sets but lost in the semifinals Friday to Wozniacki, who won the tournament Saturday with a 7-6 (5), 7-5 win against Virginie Razzano.

Wozniacki and Wozniak are the children of former Polish soccer players. Wozniacki’s father, Piotr, played professionally in Poland and Denmark, which explains how his daughter happened to become Denmark’s first truly world-class women’s tennis player. Her mother, Anna, played volleyball for the Polish national team.

Wozniak’s father, Antoni, also played soccer in Poland before immigrating to Montreal in 1983 with his wife, Jadwiga, and daughter Dorota. She became a top junior in Canada and later played tennis for San Diego State.

Aleksandra, 21, was born in Montreal but has made several visits to Poland, the most recent this year when she visited relatives in Rawa Mazowiecka, about 50 miles from Warsaw.

“We live in a different world,” she said. “I was born in Montreal, but definitely I was growing up Polish. So I feel pretty much I have a strong connection to my Polish heritage. But I feel Canadian and definitely am proud of being a Canadian and representing the country all over the world in a sport where there are not many Canadians anymore.”

Lisicki, a 19-year-old born in Germany, has followed a more established path to her No. 43 world ranking. For the past several years, she has trained regularly in Bradenton, Fla., with her father and coach, Richard Lisicki, at the Bollettieri Tennis Academy owned by International Management Group, which represents her, just as it has long represented many of the game’s stars and emerging stars.

Fibak, an entrepreneur and art collector, now does occasional tennis commentary for Polish television. For him, Agnieszka Radwanska is the new Martina Hingis, “a natural mover who understands the geometry of the court,” he said. Wozniacki is in the same vein as Maria Sharapova, not because of her recent shoulder problems but because “she’s hitting so hard off both wings,” Fibak said.

Lisicki, Fibak said, “moves and hits like Kim Clijsters,” the former world No. 1 who is planning a comeback this summer.

Lisicki, who possesses one of the biggest serves in the women’s game, commanded attention in April by winning her first tour title, in Charleston, S.C.

It came on clay, and she defeated Venus Williams of the United States, Marion Bartoli of France and Wozniacki (all top-20 players) on her way to the trophy. Her momentum has been stopped in recent weeks by a shoulder problem and appendicitis.

Poland has a history of supplying Germany with sports stars, including Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski, Polish-born soccer players who played vital roles on the German national team at the 2006 World Cup.

The Radwanskas could have been part of the exodus too. Urszula was born in Germany, and Agnieszka began playing there at age 4 in the club in Gronau where her father, Robert, was a teaching professional.

“It was almost the same way for us as for the others,” Agnieszka said. “But when I was 6 or 7, my father decided that Urszula and I should go to Polish schools, so we went back to Poland. I think it was a good decision for the family.”

Poland has had a dearth of prominent players since Fibak, a man of limited power but abundant brainpower, was winning matches in bunches in singles and doubles in the 1970s and early 1980s. Fibak, once part of the top 10, also coached Ivan Lendl, helping him win his first major title at the 1984 French Open. No Polish man has emerged to evoke memories of Fibak, but the women are filling the void.

“It’s partly the product of Solidarity and the freedom that Poles had to move and explore outside opportunities,” Fibak said of the new wave of players with Polish roots .

Agnieszka Radwanska says training conditions are a reason Polish tennis families have stayed abroad.

“For sure, Fibak is right about Solidarity,” she said. “But I think also in Poland, it’s not really good to practice. For example, in Krakow, where I live, there are no hardcourts, only indoor clay and indoor carpet. I can understand that other people prefer to practice in a tennis academy in the U.S.A. or Spain or wherever. But I just feel good at home, even if it means I have to practice on the carpet.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/21/sp...lish.html?_r=1
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Old Aug 30th, 2010, 11:47 AM   #14
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and this
http://www.eastnews.pl/pictures/subj...d/4307/page/1/
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Jan Stosur, grandfather of Samantha, born in Poland, had died yesterday
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