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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.