by: TennisMood 47

Angelique Kerber

“One of my main trumps is that I always fight to the last in any situation on the court!”

Angelique Kerber: Rules of Life(29 y.o.)
Angelique Kerber

Personal Facts

Overview

  • "I started playing tennis when I was three because I love the game! My parents inspired me to play."
  • "My first baby dream was to win a Grand Slam."
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  • Already aged 15 Kerber turned professional.
  • Speaks German, Polish and English.
  • "I like to shop at Tiffany & Co. When I’m in New York for the US Open and not playing tennis."
  • Has dual German and Polish citizenship, due to the principle of Polish jus sanguinis nationality law, but has competed for Germany since the start of her career.
  • Despite strong Polish connection, she considers herself German: "I am German. I play for Germany, I grew up in Germany, and my heart beats for Germany”
  • "I’m nice and kind, and I’m a family person, too. I like hanging around with my friends and doing what every single girl of my age likes to do."
  • A left-hander known for her aggressive counter-punching all-court game.
  • Likes all surfaces. Has at least one title on every surface on the WTA Tour, achieving
    this feat in 2015 by winning Charleston (green clay), Stuttgart (red clay), Birmingham (grass) and Stanford (hard).
  • The 1st German female tennis player in the Melbourne Park final since Anke Huber in 1996 and is the 1st to win the tournament since Steffi Graf in 1994.
  • Enjoys swimming, soccer, F1, figure skating, handball, shopping, sleeping, swimming, dancing and hanging out with friends.
  • Favorite actors include Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz and Reese Witherspoon are favorite actors.
  • "I’m neither a spender nor a saver. I try to please myself as much as I can, but I have to admit, I’m crazy with jewelry."
  • "I barely feel lonely for I have my team with me. You are always surrounded by people taking care of you so it’s pretty impossible to be or feel lonely. Homesick sometimes (when you travel on and on without stopping by your house for a while), but not lonely!"
  • "It is nice to be in the city NY."
  • "I like to bet before tournaments. I was just trying to enjoy the swim because that was the bet."
  • Favorite tournament is Indian Wells, but favorite Grand Slam is Australian Open. "I am happy that the whole country was rooting for me during the Australian tournament. That helped me a lot."

Coaching

  • Growing up idolized Steffi Graf and to date she trains with the record-breaking champion at her home in Las Vegas. “When I met her, she told me to believe in myself, I am in a good way and go for it. She knows that I really am working very hard and she told me some day, the work pays off and tonight, it is really, really like she said, all the work and yes, sweating on practice courts, it comes out and it pays off”.
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  • Torben Beltz is her old-new German certified tennis coach. She has been working with him since 2003 until 2013, when she added Benjamin for another two years to her coaching team. In February 2015 she parted ways with Benjamin and brought Beltz back as the main coach.
  • While Kerber was working with Benjamin, Torben remained one of the tennis coaches at the Angelique Kerber Tennis Academy.

Activism

Angelique Kerber smile
  • 2007 was Kerber's Grand Slam debut year. She competed in her first Grand Slam main draw at the French Open where she lost to Elena Dementieva in the opening round.
  • Her breakthrough came when she reached the 2011 US Open SFs, when she was ranked world No. 92.
  • In 2012, Kerber moved to Puszczykowo, where her maternal grandfather built the Tennis Academy 'Angie' for her.
  • At the 2016 Summer Olympics, Kerber won an Olympic silver medal while representing Germany.
  • Won 10 singles titles, most notably her two major titles—the first at the 2016 Australian Open, and the second eight months later at the 2016 US Open.
  • On 12 September 2016 she reached a career-high ranking of world No. 1, becoming the 22 and oldest player to achieve the No.1 ranking for the 1st time.

Family & Personal life

  • Beata, mother and also her manager is German; father's name is Sławomir Kerber (Slawek), Polish. "The greatest support for me is my family: Father Slawek, mother and sister Beata and Jessica."
  • Sister, Jessica.
  • As for private life: “The single life is “unfortunately” a price of success, Kerber said. As a woman, it was “very difficult to find a man who has an understanding of my life”. “My great love is Tennis – that has always been so. Tennis is the most important thing to me right now, I still have time to find a boyfriend, get married and have children, After all if there is one guy out there waiting for me, then we will find each other eventually, without forcing it.”
  • "Especially difficult it is to find a man who would show understanding of my way of life and would like to share it."
  • "I dream about a family and children."

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