Here's a link to a rough translation of the extensive interview Agi gave to a Polish newspaper. My highlights:
Which question don't you like most?
- Absolutely number 1 is: "What happened in the second game of the third set when you played THIS forehand. Or: "Why you didn't shoot ball at line in third game". I hate such questions because tennis match is a composed thing. Right, single actions decide but you must see the wholeness and not one action. One of tv channels asked: "Who would you never loose to?". My dad stood near and he said that to Jadwiga Jędrzejowska. They didn't get a hanging that she's dead. (!!!) I am also irritated that sometimes there are journalists who don't know tennis at all! I appreciate that they are interested in me but it would be right to know what's WTA Tour or Grand Slam. One lady didn't know who's Justine Henin (!!!). I thrilled.
- I hate it. I'm annoyed that it's so terribly overrated.
So such matches like defeat in II round of Miami to 15-year-old Portugal Larcher de Brito are not in your mind?
- Weak matches happen to everyone. When you don't have a forehand you'll manage nothing. I don't know why it happened in Miami. A week before in Indian Wells I play great, I was in QF. Additionally, de Brito is not 15! She and her coach claims so but noone believes it. (!!!)
In which smaller tournaments will you play?
- Surely in Warsaw because it's the only tournament where I can show my game to polish people. I wanted to go to Pattaya where I won last year but I couldn't. Vera Zvonareva wanted to play there. She's ranked higher than me so she has a priority.
I meaned rather sport issues eg. serve. I know it's irritable topic...
Do you agree with your father's policy not to connect you with manager agency?
- Yes, aggencies arrange the contract but they take your independence. I know a lot of tennis players who signed the contracts on the beginning of their careers and now they regret because they could to it on better conditions. Agencies begin to decide instead of us. Roger Federer is a good example. He signed the contract when he was number 1. There are always pros and cons always. But now we're waiting.
Doesn't 10th racket of the world need a bigger staff of people?
- It's the next thing we are persuaded and which I don't really understand. On the tournaments you play, you don't train. You can have a staff of people at home. We have a such one.
General coach wouldn't help?
- Sometimes we take someone eg. to Miami. But in general, the specialists from various things are everywhere - physiotherapeutists, masseurs. They are the best, WTA assures so. There are also sparingpartners. The freshness is the most important on the tournaments. There's no need training on the gym or runnin in the forest
You know what? You're right, Agi. People NEVER ask Lena D. about her weak ass serve. Good observation. And yeah, Roger NEVER had a sponsor before he became #1. Good call. And yeah, you probably shouldn't hit the gym or the track too much. Good plan.
I get that she wants to be rebel and do things differently. But when you look around and see everyone else putting together teams, hiring fitness coaches, getting leaner and stronger and fitter, don't you think that maybe that shit is important for elite success? It's like in law school. Everyone was in study groups, so I joined a study group. Then I quickly realized that I hated studying in a group and it was a complete waste of time, so I quit the study group and just studied on my own, which was rare. So I did it my own way, but it didn't mean I didn't study. What I am I rambling about? I have no clue.
I do love that she has a chronic case of verbal diarrhea. Keeps it fun.