Who are your favorites for the tennis year 2013?
My clear favorite for the Australian Open and for the year is Serena Williams, who showed already her dominance in the second half of last year. She looks to be in her best shape yet and will have a successful year – provided she remains healthy and injury free. Though I’m sure Azarenka will try everything to keep the No. 1 from not only Serena but Sharapova and Radwanska who round out the top 4. I’m curious to see how Angelique Kerber will follow up her success from last year and to watch the young, up-and-coming players American Sloane Stephens and British Laura Robson.
On the men’s side, I see Djokovic as a slight favorite ahead of Murray in this tournament. I’m curious after Andy Murray’s Olympic Gold and US Open win if he’s gained more confidence going into this year. Also with Del Potro and Federer looking strong, I expect some great and interesting matches in the first Grand Slam tournament and upcoming season.
Will you be playing any exhibitions in 2013?
I will spend some time on the court for my foundation, Children for Tomorrow, in 2 exhibitions; one in February 16th at the SAP Open in San Jose, California where we will play a friendly mixed doubles with Lindsay Davenport and Andy Roddick and then on June 22nd when Andre and I will play our first exhibition in Zug, Switzerland along with Amelie Mauresmo, Henri Leconte, Mansour Bahrami and my former coach Heinz Günthardt.
Do you have any goals or resolutions for the New Year?
Not only for the New Year but as consistently my goal is to listen to my body, be healthy and to find the best possible balance between body and mind. There is always anticipation for the New Year and the desire to make the most of the every single day. I look forward to special memories with my family and friends and enjoying the precious time with them. And if anybody has the secret to adding more hours to the day and slowing down life in general let me know 🙂
How do you stay healthy and exercise in the winter? How often do you still play tennis?
Regardless of the season, I try to take time to keep fit, ideally about 4 times a week with cycling, light jogging, Pilates or tennis. I try to play tennis once or twice a week, especially the next month in preparation for the upcoming charity match on February 16th in San Jose. Tennis is a great way to exercise; it activates different muscle groups and is outside in the fresh air. Over the winter holidays we discovered our newest favorite exercise, this one definitely keeps you fit even during the cold season: Wii Just Dance 4. The game gets the whole family dancing and gives me a real sweat.
You were born in Germany and now live in Las Vegas. Are you a U.S. Citizen or German?
I have what’s called a Resident Visa in the U.S., but I’ve kept my German citizenship and have had no reason to change this.
What do you miss most about Germany?
I miss my German family and friends the most but luckily I visit Germany frequently so I able to see them on a fairly regular basis. I am always happy to return to my homeland and share time with my family and friends; to grab some local foods, take walks in the forest and just be in familiar places. It’s particularly nice to see my children increasingly appreciate and anticipate each trip, especially our annual summer vacation there.
Do you like to watch other sports besides tennis? Do you have a favorite team?
Basketball has long been one of my favorite sports so I’ve followed the NBA over the years. My son has been playing baseball for some years now, so I’ve come to enjoy watching baseball as well and have learned a lot about the sport. On the weekends we go with him as often as possible to watch him play. Our favorite baseball team is the San Francisco Giants.
We also look forward to the annual Winter X Games and the snowboard, ski and snowmobilecompetitions. We are avid fans of Shaun White and always look forward to his latest tricks.
Do you have plans to come to India?
It isn’t been planned yet, but I hope to be able to discover the land and the culture soon and to personally thank my many fans there for their great support throughout the years. Andre just traveled to India for the first time in December and his stories and impressions have made me very curious.