Exclusive interview with Agnieszka Radwanska, who has reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon for the first time, and who could leave the All England Club as the world No 1. Radwanska spoke to The Tennis Space about fame, feeling happy on the court, and why is doing a university degree: “I’m happy that I know how to do something other than how to hit forehands and backhands.” This is the third in a series of conversations between Radwanska and The Tennis Space.
Agnieszka on fame:
“Every title and every good result means that people recognise you more. But that’s okay. It means that you’re doing something good. I’m vary happy that I can have good results this year and that tennis is more popular in Poland now. I think more people are playing now, more kids.”
Agnieszka on feeling good on the court:
“I just feel good on the court this year. I haven’t really changed anything from last year. I’m pretty happy that I can now play my best tennis on every surface. I was working hard on fitness during the off-season, but I just feel good.”
Agnieszka on her university studies (she is doing a tourism degree):
“It’s always hard to combine studying with playing sport. But I’m happy that the university are happy to help me do my exams whenever I’m ready. I don’t have any deadlines to do my exams. They understand that I’m travelling a lot and that I don’t have time to do many exams. That would be impossible. I do exams there, but I don’t have any private lessons there, because there’s no chance, I would always be missing my classes. When I’m ready. I go there. I take the books with me on the tour. I’m trying to do it on the plane.
“Sometimes I’m exhausted and tired and don’t feel that interested in reading books. I’m just too tired to look at the books. Of course, the priority is tennis and it would be impossible to combine tennis with law or medicine. I haven’t really thought about what I want to do after I’ve stopped playing tennis. All my life I’ve played tennis. It’s tough to say. But I’m happy that I can know how to do something other than how to hit forehands and backhands.”