Source: Het Laatste Nieuws – January 1st
That she would come back, we all knew that! And she made a big entry, like we know her. But that she would climb back in one year from place 132 to number 2, not many had expected that to happen! It’s kind of symbolic; she also makes number 2 in our top 100 of Belgians of 2005, after Tom Boonen!
An exclusive interview with our number 1 WOMAN of the year!]
“I WILL GO FOR IT IN 2006!”
Kim, your year in three words, please?
(without doubting) Motivation, surprise and happiness. That I found the strength to come back after that injury is one thing. I never could expect that I would return to my old playing level in such a short period of time! That and the things that happened in my private life, have made me extremely happy this year.
It was also the year of a metamorphosis. The girl Kim is now the woman Kim: far more self-conscious, more glamorous!
I think that happens to everyone, it’s just part of getting older: you get to know yourself better, your own taste! I found all the remarks on my appearances quite funny. Every time I appeared on a gala or some kind of party it was just all over the papers and magazines. I really don’t occupy myself with those things, I’m not really a “fashion girl”, I just wear the things I feel comfortable in. I’m not the type of woman that runs to the store when you see fashion brings out short pants with high boots.
People react on it so much probably because they are used to seeing you in a tennis outfit. If you are wearing something more classy then they react: “oh so glamorous!”
I think yeah, that’s probably the reason. If I go to the bakery store in Bree, wearing a jeans there are already people who are surprised about that. They do see me in that tennis outfit most of the times yeah, or in a training suit.
How many hours did you spend on a plane this year?
Far too many! I think I have something like 70 flights a year, and that’s 65 too many as far as I’m concerned. I don’t like flying; I once had a very traumatic flying experience!
That’s the heaviest thing about my carreer: travelling, jetlags …!
What was that traumatic experience?
5 years ago, when I returned from Fed Cup Las Vegas. We had a terrible turbulence then for more than two hours. That’s where my fear comes from. I even asked my dad’s credit card that moment, I wanted to say goodbye to everyone through the board telephone.
What do you do, on the plane during those long flights?
Well, not sleeping! I read a lot. I always have 4 or 5 books with me, mostly spiritual books or books about nutrition, or just a novel.
What are spiritual books for you?
Well mostly astrology. I believe in that very much!
What’s your sign?
Twins! Someone who has a hard time making decisions.
Well that’s not right is it? You seem very balanced, you know you personal “frontiers”
Well I’ve changed a lot in that the last few years, caused by the life I’m living. If you have to make choices all the time, you learn it very quickly! I used to was too easy in that, I agreed too much and too soon!
My injuries have helped me a lot as well, they have confronted me with myself and I started wondering what was most important in my life. They made me realise there were far too many times I was just there for others and not for myself. I learned to choose for myself!
What does an unsteady life like yours, do with a human being?
Well it was easier when I was younger. I was so used to an unsteady life that I even longed for it when I was at home for a few weeks time. I had to leave, I was sick of sitting at home. Now it gets the longer the difficult to be away from home for a few weeks. It’s so great to be home with Brian and the dogs and to do many things with them, celebrating Christmas at home …. It has been so long that I was able to do that, the last few years I was always in Australia. After my injury I have spend 5 moths at home and that gave me a double feeling : I couldn’t defend my points and titles but I realised also for the very first time that I really enjoyed it to be at home. Just go somewhere without that tennis bag carrying with me!
You consider all that time you spend in Australia as lost time?
No not at all! Australia is a great country and I actually never had the chance to discover it fully. I know when I quit tennis and if Brian is a little less busy, we can go on a long vacation there together!
You have no bad memories?
No, I all lost those. All the choices I have made in 2004 have been positive for me. The bad memories are not weighing up against all the good ones that I have build up after that!
That Brian is really the man of your life huh?
Well you never know that! But it goes really, really good yes. He’s not just someone I fell in love with, he’s also my best friend and that is very important!
How come you get along so well?
Well we just connect, it’s hard to explain. I also ask myself sometimes: “how can you feel so good with someone?”
Is it important that you both are in sports?
It helps! If you would have a relationship with someone with a normal job it could be more difficult. Yeah you have to rest a lot, take care of what you eat, taking care of your health and if you have a partner that likes to go out and eat things like “frieten” and “curry worst” *she laughs* … . But yeah it’s no condition, If Brian worked here in Bree in the supermarket and we would have met there, it wouldn’t have changed a thing!
Would you think about marrying soon now?
I don’t know. I even didn’t dare thinking about that already.
It sounds pathetic but you and Tom Boonen have brought this country a lot of joy this year.
Well I find that really hard to judge on. A lot of people come to me and say: “you’ve caused me a lot of sleepless night with your US OPEN!” I apologise then in a reflex, try to say ‘sorry’ while they mean it in a positive way actually. It’s incredible how people follow that all so intense with you. If you are playing that tournament, you never really think about that. Only when I arrived at Zaventem, coming from New York I realised it. They have been “so nervous” for me here *laughs*. You make people so happy, yeah it’s incredible! In my own town the tourism has increased the last few years because of me, hehe!
Yeah really. At Sundays you have to come and see. People are filming my dog and my house here.
Your ex Coach Marc De Hous reacts in “Humo” this week: “Kim says she will quit tennis in 2007 but I wouldn’t be surprised if she changes her mind about that, next year!”
I don’t say those things just because I thought about it only yesterday. I thought about that for a long, long time!
Because I think about my future. I already said it, the travelling is so heavy and it gets heavier since my injuries. I want kids and I don’t want to have back or knee problems already at my 40.
In 2007 you are 24. You just can’t imagine that you will have nothing to do anymore at that age?
Oh I wouldn’t let that happen. I don’t know yet in what direction I will go. The next few years I will try my very best and I think after that I will be more than sick of it already!
If I think about US OPEN, I think to myself: “Kim will never be able to live without that euphoric feeling, those emotional peeks.
Oh yes, I will. That moment was “super” and I was very happy but the day after …
I won’t say that I forgot about it already by then but you feel already like two weeks ago when you were starting the tournament. You have the title and you receive that trophy but those things are not most important. When you are home alone those trophies don’t talk to you. It will be your friends and family who will be there when you feel lonely!
How do you feel about your parents breaking up?
I don’t really want to talk about that. It’s something we will solve all together, as a family.
What will you win this year?
Oh I won’t tell you that yet *laughs*. I know where I would want to play at my best: the Grand Slams and Antwerp. That’s one of the most beautiful and fun tournaments for me. I also look forward to play Australian Open, because I always play well there. It will be more though this year, because I will not be used to the temperatures as well yet as the other previous years, but though is not impossible!
Right Mate, we wish you good luck!
Last edited by lovekimmie; Jan 3rd, 2006 at 04:24 PM.