by: TennisMood 97

Dominika Cibulkova

“I still want to stay focused and I don’t want to put it in my head that I’m tired and I cannot anymore. That’s what always happened to me. I just want to prove to myself that I can really make it until the end!”

Dominika Cibulkova: Rules of Life(28 y.o.)
Dominika Cibulkova

Personal Facts

Overview

  • Described herself as happy person with a lot of energy.
  • Height - 5' 3" (1.60 m). Is one of the shortest players in the WTA.
  • Her nicknames are Domi and Cibulkova.
  • Began to play tennis at the age of 8-9. "I was 8 or 9. It was summer. I had nothing to do. In our city there was a camp for kids to play tennis. Not with real racquets but the small ones. My parents said that if I wanted to try, I should try it. I had tried swimming before and gymnastics and I didn’t really like it. So I said, “Yeah, I want to try it.” I liked it. When I started to play tennis, everybody was telling me, “You are too small. You cannot play good tennis. You don’t have to do that.” But I just loved the game and wanted to do it so I worked really hard.
Dominika Cibulkova body photo
  • Was a former World Junior No. 3. Achieving that ranking in 2005.
  • Won the WTA Finals (2016) in her first appearance at tournament.
  • Became a professional tennis player in 2005, after having played one ITF event in Prague.
  • Became the first Slovakian winner of Eastbourne.
  • Likes playing on clay and hard.
  • Her lucky number is 9.
  • Coached by Matej Liptak. "During my career, I had a lot of coaches and they had a big impact on me and that’s how I started to play more and more aggressive, I was improving my forehand and that’s how I became a really aggressive player with a lot of energy on the court.”
  • "I have a lot of friends on tour, Szavay, Azarenka, Cornet."
  • Admires Kim Clijsters as a tennis player.
  • Speaks Slovak and English.
  • "When I was young, I was just running on the court and putting the balls back, I was never an aggressive player."
  • Her hobbies are listening to music, watching movies and seeing friends.
  • Paris, New York and Bratislava are her favorite cities.
  • Likes dogs and has got two Yorkshire terriers at home. They accompany her on tour.
  • Her signature expression is “Pome!” (it means “Come on” or “Let’s go”).When she records an impressive shot, she always says this.
  • Started her own clothing line featuring her phrase “Pome” in 2014.
  • Was shot several times for various men's magazines.

Private Life

  • Married her fiancé Michal Navara on July 9, 2016.

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