What event are you in training for at the moment?
Iím in the middle of the French Open at Roland Garros. In the build-up to the tournament I was in serious training for several weeks after the disappointment of losing in the first round of the Australian Open
Who inspired you to take up your sport?
My family, but especially my father, Stefano
Which athlete in your sport do you most admire?
Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras
And in any other sport?
Michael Jordan, because he has achieved so much
What event do you enjoy most in the sporting calendar?
Obviously all the Grand Slam events, but I prefer the US Open just because itís staged in my country
What other sports do you play?
I like football and I play a bit of ping-pong
What was the last book you bought?
A mystery novel
And the last CD?
It was the latest album from Eve, an American female rapper
Would you recommend a life of sport to your children?
Definitely. I think that sport is art and a way of expressing yourself. Itís also good to exert yourself physically
At what moment in your life did you realise you were going to make sport your career?
Iíve never known anything different, to be honest. I knew tennis in the womb, probably even before I was born
What food or drink do you most miss when in training?
I love French fries, but I canít eat them now
What is your favourite TV programme?
What would you like to do once your sporting career comes to an end?
Some normal stuff ó for instance, I would like to have a family
What is the pinnacle of your sporting achievement to date?
Winning a gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, and, of course, my three Grand Slam titles ó two Australian Open victories and one at the French
Are todayís sportsmen overpaid?
I think that the baseball and basketball players who just sit on the bench and donít do anything get too much money
What car do you drive?
I have a Ferrari, but I donít drive it much
Do you have a nickname?
Not that I know of
What bugs you most about being famous?
Dealing with the press is the bit I donít look forward to
What do you enjoy most about being famous?
Cutting in line ó itís fun always being the first to get anything
Whatís your favourite piece of sporting memorabilia?
My gold medal
If your house was on fire, what one item would you take with you as you dashed to safety?
My family. I wouldnít worry about anything else
Source: The Sunday Time (www.the-times.co.uk