There’s something about me — a trace of Warsaw steel — that suggests I’ll do whatever the hell I think might be a good idea, whenever the hell I think I should do it.
In school I learned to stand up for others.
I like to break the rules.
I just want to be happy and what makes me happy is just do the things that I love to do. I think that’s important. Sometimes things happen you don’t have control over. You just have to take it as it is and just move on.
Who I am is not defined solely by what I achieve on the tennis court. My passions and creativity off the court inspire me to be a better athlete.
I was training for a grueling 26.2-mile race in 2014. I’m not gonna say I’m not a little crazy. I told my team at Wimbledon that I thought I would run, and I’m not sure they believed me. So I called my agent and said, ‘Can we find a charity that I can run for?’ Once that was in the news, I couldn’t back out.
My parents always told me to be the same person no matter if you’re No.1 in the world or No. 1000. It doesn’t matter. Always be polite and always be respectful towards others. If people don’t want to be respectful towards me I can’t do anything about it. I’m just going to smile and say ‘I’m sorry you feel that way’, but at the end of the day you can’t make everyone happy.
Honestly every time I go into any match, it doesn’t matter who I play, I believe I can win. And if I don’t, it just means that player was better than me that day.
Nothing is forever. If you can have fifteen years doing what you love to do, playing well in front of great crowds, then that’s a great career.
My source of inspiration is my parents. They’ve always been my role models growing up. They’ve always motivated me and when people told me ‘you’re never going to become anything or anyone, you don’t have a chance to become a great professional tennis player’ they were always there for me. They’re a big inspiration for me.
In purely professional terms, I`m therefore much older than twenty-five — I`m effectively middle-aged, in the last third of a stellar career. I`m playing for time, rebuilding my game, working through my injuries, and setting my sights on another slam.
What I get up to off the pitch makes me better on the pitch.
I`m sure if you’re playing because of money and not because you want to be in the best shape for the US Open, then don’t play, or dump a match and keep quiet about it.
I believe Wimbledon’s dress code allows players to be creative and respectful. I have claimed the onus falls on players to ‘be creative’ while honouring Wimbledon’s all-white tradition. At the end of the day, it’s Wimbledon, so you go by the rules. If they say it’s all white, it’s all white. You have to accept that and try to be creative anyways.
You should just take one day at a time and cherish the great moments and just live for the time you’re in now.
I’m not going to change the way I want to live my life just because people are going to judge me or not judge me because either way that’s going to happen.
This youtube Video features Caroline Wozniacki tennis player.