Caroline Wozniacki’s workout
As of 11 October 2010 (2010 -10-11)], Caroline Wozniacki is ranked World No. 1 on the WTA Tour. She has won twelve WTA singles titles and was the runner-up at the 2009 US Open. Despite losing out at the French Open, Denmark’s tennis belle, 20-year-old Caroline, happily chats to us about her introduction to the sport and the motivation behind every serve.
– ‘I started playing tennis around the age of seven. My father, who was a professional soccer player, introduced me and my brother Patrik to the sport. I remember we’d always play against each other from very early on and I hated it when I lost. I was pretty determined to beat him and get revenge. I started spending more and more time on the tennis court, trying to get better and managed to beat my Dad and Patrik. The first time I beat my Dad it felt great.’
– ‘Keeping my fitness levels up is a very crucial aspect of my game. I’m very proud of the fact that I can usually outlast any player on any given day. This is my main weapon really. I do a lot of stretching, running, sprints, stair-climbing and sometimes swimming or yoga, but my favourite cross-training workout is boxing. It improves my footwork, stamina, strength and concentration, plus it’s a lot of fun. I got punched right on the nose once, but I didn’t really mind, because it’s part of the training.’
– ‘Family is really important motivation for me – I couldn’t have got to where I have without them. My dad is my coach and he travels with me all over the world, which is such a huge help for me. He has always been my coach, and I trust his advice.’
– ‘I’m always looking for ways to improve my game, whether it is fitness, technique or tactics. The desire to get better and win fuels me and motivates me. I really like challenges because I grow as a tennis player by overcoming them.’
– ‘I don’t really change my diet between training and competing. I make sure my diet contains protein, lots of vegetables and fruit, smoothies and white meat. I try to treat my body right, so that I can rely on it in the third hour of a long match.’
– ‘When I need to take a break I just have a few days off, without playing tennis. I like to hang out at my home in Monte Carlo or in Copenhagen with my friends. Usually at the end of each year, I take a beach vacation with my closest friends.’
Caroline’s Top Tip!
‘I take vitamin supplements to make sure my body is properly fuelled before training or matches and use Proactiv skincare (proactiv.co.uk) to keep my skin clear. I always apply sunscreen too – it can get hot out there on court!’