We chatted with the charming Olivier Rochus last year while at the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport, RI. A few things about Oli (his nickname) that you might not know........he loves golf, he is afraid of heights, and he doesn't like the Transformer movies. Check it out!
Q. What has been your favorite moment on the court?
It is tough to say, very nice one at Wimbledon when I beat Safin also in Davis Cup, when I won my first ATP tour when I was 19, and when I beat Djokovic in Miami.
OTGT: It's nice to have so many things.
I have played for many years, it's not my first year on the tour, I've been here since I was 18, 19 so I am 30 years old so.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
Sometimes the behavior of arrogant people, you know, not being nice with kids or people, these are some things I really don't like.
Q. What are you most afraid of?
Of height, I cannot look down. I like the floor and my feet on the ground.
Q. Do you have any nicknames?
Oli, everybody is calling me Oli, it's not complicated.
Q. Any lucky charms that you take to every match?
No, I'm not too superstitious.
Q. What is your passion outside of tennis?
Golf, I love to play golf as soon as I can. Golf is nice, I'm not thinking about tennis or anything. I really love the game.
Q. What is your favorite movie or type of movie?
I like action movies or sometimes a nice comedy. I'm not complicated. I don't like, I don't know how to say in English, but this Transformer movie, all of this thing, it's really not my kind of movie, I watch 2 minutes and like I go away. But I like comedy.
Q. What is your favorite food?
I really like Asiatic food like Chinese, Japanese, and Indian food.
Q: No Belgian food?
Yeah, yeah, but I like something different. Of course, I like beer, chocolate, mussels, you know we have a lot of nice things in Belgian, but I like this Asian food.
Q. What is the last thing that you read?
It would be my golf magazine. I read them a lot.
Q. What is your most embarrassing moment?
It's tough to say like this. Maybe the last one was maybe Wimbledon, I played [Juan Martin] del Potro. I won the first set the day before and then when we came on the court I was losing almost like 6-0, 3-0. I was on court 2, there was a lot of people and I didn't know what to do to win a point, and it was like after 27 minutes it was like 6-1, 3-0 going to 4-0 and you're just there and it is a little bit embarrassing. You want to do better but you just don't know how to do it.
Facebook or Twitter - Neither
Coke or Pepsi - More Pepsi but not too much.
Blond or Brunette - Blond
Shower or Bath - Bath
Boxers or Brief - Boxers
Would You Rather Lose Your Teeth - I would rather lose my hair! But I am starting to lose it so it is done already!
Dog or Cat - Dog
Beer or Wine - It's tricky, I like both.
Oceans or Mountains - Ocean
Money or Fame - Fame
Singing or Dancing - I am very bad at both but I would say dancing.
Photo via AP
Interview by Jennifer Knapp