Every tennis fan on Twitter knows that Ivo Karlovic is known for his philosophical hilarity and eye opening perspective in 140 characters or less. For example:
When Jordan left Bulls to play baseball things became much more interesting,more teams had a chance to win. Kinda like Wimbledon this year— ivo karlovic (@ivokarlovic) July 3, 2013
I'm just sitting here, thinking, If a venomous snake bites another venomous snake will that snake die or become more venomous? #random— ivo karlovic (@ivokarlovic) July 2, 2013
Why people still say 'phone is ringing'? My phone didn't ring since 1999. They should say 'phone is playing a song'.— ivo karlovic (@ivokarlovic) June 29, 2013
But the shocking diagnosis of viral meningitis earlier this year was no joke. Making his return to the Tour this week in Newport, he graciously did our 15 Burning Questions in typical Dr. Ivo style. Enjoy!
If you could switch places with anyone and live their life for one day, who would it be and why?
With anyone? Oh wow, that’s a difficult question, philosophical more than anything else. Maybe with a rich oil guy who has lots of oil and lots of money.
What is your favorite piece of clothing?
If you could sit down and have a conversation with 3 people who would they be?
Rihanna, Jesus and President Kennedy.
What is something you do when no one else is watching?
I mean that is why I am doing it when no one else is watching. Maybe pick my nose? [laughter]
If you weren’t a tennis player you would be?
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
That is difficult question.
OTGT: Tall, funny....
Ivo: A little bit, maybe sometimes, and easily agitated by other people’s actions.
If you had a time machine and could go back and change one thing, what would it be?
Nothing, because this is how it is has to be.
What is the first thing you grab from your refrigerator in the morning?
What is your favorite song on you iPod right now?
Gangsta by Kat Dahlia.
What is your favorite TV show?
What do you think is your worst quality?
Backhand spin. [laughter]
What do you think is your best quality?
My serve. [more laughter]
If you were stranded on an island and could take one player and one thing to help you get off the island, which player would you take and what thing would you bring?
It would need to be somebody with a lot of connections but if it’s an island, I don’t know. I really don’t know. [laughter]
OTGT: Some of the players chosen today include Isner…
IK: Why? Because he is tall and pick coconuts?
OTGT: And Federer because he has a lot of credit cards....
IK: But it is island and there are no ATMs! Actually, I would pick Rafa because you know if I would be down he would always be like “Vamos! Vamos!” to pick me up.
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