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An Interview With Andrea Petkovic

At the pre-US Open Wilson event, where we broke the Guinness World Record for the most people bouncing a tennis ball on a tennis racquet in one location, I caught up with German tennis player Andrea Petkovic and we chatted about her favorite things to do in NY, the possiblity of doing "The Dougie" as her new Petko Dance, and why she wants to be Jessica Alba.  It's always a blast to chat with her.  Check it out!

How did you get involved in this? (The Wilson event)

Well Wilson asked me a month ago and I was immediately on fire because I thought that it’s just a fun way (pause) first of all, I want to be in the Guinness Book of World Records (laughter) and second you know I always thought it was great to engage kids into sports, and nowadays with all the PlayStations, computers, Gameboys, whatever, it’s been tougher, so just you know having a fun way to engage the kids into sports is great.

What is your favorite thing to do here in NY?

Well, my favorite thing, I just like to stroll around NY and just find the little art galleries and restaurants, and cafes.  NY has the great culture and great, great energy so I always enjoy just starting walking and landing somewhere.  In no-man’s-land.

What is your favorite memory at the US Open?

My favorite memory - probably (pause) the Petko Dance was born here so I think that is my favorite memory.  It was born here on Louis Armstrong Stadium so it’s been a year now, my anniversary of my Petko Dance and we’ll see.

And it’s changed a little bit now.

It’s changed, yeah.  Actually I retired it first, and then I started losing.  I lost 3 tournaments in a row so I brought back the moonwalk for clay, and I started winning again.  Then I stopped for Wimbledon, but then I lost again in the 3rd round so now I have some kind of a wave.  I don’t know, but it’s very inspirational, I guess, and it only comes when I win, then it comes out inside of me.

At one point you were thinking about doing “The Dougie?”

I wanted to do it but it's really hard!  I think I have to practice.  I wanted to do it in Indian Wells and Miami, but it was too tough.  I have to get some good guys to teach me “The Dougie” and then I’m going to bring out “The Dougie.”  But I saw Monfils do it.  Gael.  He did it in Montreal I think, it was great.  But he knows how to dance so I have to learn it first.

What is your biggest passion outside of tennis?

My biggest passion is probably art in any kind of way.  I like to read, to listen to music, to go to art galleries and just you know watch movies and get my head outside of tennis, and I think art is the best way to forget everything around you.  It’s sort of like tennis because in tennis you are in a zone and you forget everything around you.  Art gives me that in a different kind of way.

What is your favorite movie?

My favorite movie right now, it’s called Heartbreakers in English and Les Amours Imaginaires in French.  It’s a Canadian-Quebec movie by Xavier Dolan, he’s only 21 years old and he’s already made two movies and the last one is great.  I was blown away, and it took me a long time to find it because in Germany it is only in little cinemas.  I had to travel an hour to find it and it was great, it was worth it.

What was the last thing that you read?

The last thing I read, I’m reading right now Thoughts of an Emperor by Marcus Aurelius.  He was a Roman Emperor like 5000 years ago and he was a philosopher and I am reading this, and I am reading Don Quixote by Cervantes.  It is a Spanish book but I am reading it in German.  No Spanish for me.

If there was a fire and you could only save one thing, not a person, what would you save?

Only one thing?  I would save probably my iPad because I have ten thousands of books there.

And if you could have one superhero ability what would it be?

I would be Jessica Alba and seduce all men.

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