Everyone thought Caroline Wozniacki was crazy when she decided to do the New York Marathon including her father and the rest of her team.
Why would you put your body through marathon training when you’re already playing a 10-month season of tennis, touring the entire globe?
But it looks like Wozniacki might end up having the last laugh. Since she announced she was going to run in the event – which takes place on November 2 – the Dane has made the US Open final, returned to the top 10 and seems to be in the best shape of her life as she outlasted Maria Sharapova in a three-hour 13-minute battle on Tuesday.
It’s almost like training for a marathon would actually be a good thing for tennis players. But Wozniacki wouldn’t take it that far.
She says: “I probably wouldn’t recommend it. It’s helped me, but I don’t think it’s something that I want to do every year.
“Running a marathon and doing this much running, it’s not easy. I think to do it once while you’re playing I think is enough. I think because I find it so exciting and so I’m looking forward to running, I think that also keeps me going.
“At the same time, it gets me in great shape. To do it year in and year out, I don’t think it’s possible. Our bodies get a beating already. I don’t think it’s necessary to do this again while I’m on tour.”
— Caroline Wozniacki (@CaroWozniacki) July 31, 2014
Warm-up leaves Petra cold
Petra Kvitova joked that her coach David Kotyza might be the reason she unexpectedly lost to Agnieszka Radwanska on Tuesday.
The behind-the-scenes camera showed Kvitova and Radwanska in the warm-up room as they waited for the Wozniacki-Sharapova match to end.
While Radwanska was running on the treadmill, Kvitova was seen sitting on the ground, her back against the wall, with Kotyza funnily bouncing a football off her head.
We asked her if that is a regular pre-match routine for her, getting footballs thrown at her head.
“It was the first time… You saw what happened on the court after that, so probably it’s his fault then,” joked the Czech world No3.