Caroline Wozniacki discusses how she spent her off-season. Caroline spent 10 days in Aspen, then went to Brazil for an exhibition with Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka. She then went to West Palm Beach training for the final three weeks before heading to Seoul Korea on Dec 26th to start the new year with an exhibition.
Hopefully you managed to take some time off and relax once the season ended. Where did you go for your holiday? After finishing up the year on a good note in winning Seoul, Moscow and reaching the final in Sofia, I took three weeks completely away from tennis. I travelled to Asia where I spent some time with my boyfriend in Singapore, Hong Kong and then Dubai. Spent a lot of time watching golf and seeing new parts of the world. It was a nice break from tennis.
Why is pre-season training so important for a tennis player? Pre-season training is so important for players because this is really our only extended period of time where we can work on improving our weaknesses and turning them into strengths. During the tournament weeks we are just trying to maintain our form and not get injured. The pre-season allows us to build up our bodies and prepare for the up-coming year. Tennis is such a long season that it takes a lot of work and preparation to be ready for a 10-11 month grind.
What types of training have you been doing off the court? Anything new compared with previous years? I spent some time in Aspen, Colorado where I did 10 days of high elevation training. Obviously it is much more difficult to catch your breath during workouts at that elevation. Once you get back closer to sea level you can see the difference and the improvement.
Are you working with the same coaching/fitness team next season or any changes? I have a new trainer and hitting partner from Poland. Two great guys who have done a wonderful job over the past several weeks. They keep me motivated each day to continue working to get better and stronger. My Dad is back as my full time 100 per cent coach. We experimented with two other coaches in 2012 and it didn’t work out. Now I’m back to working with my Dad and feel really good about the progress we are making together. He was my coach when I finished 2010 & 2011 as the number one player in the world. I hope to get back to that top spot soon.
The first Grand Slam of the year isn’t far away – do you have any special memories of Melbourne? Or is there anything you particularly look forward to about that time of year and the Australian Open? The Australian Open is one of my very most favorite tournaments. I have always done well in Melbourne but have never captured the title. Hopefully this will be my year. I love the city, the weather and most especially the Aussie people. They are so fun to perform in front of.