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Sabine Lisicki on Brad Pitt, Roger Federer and her Wimbledon Semifinals Run

After a resurgent 2011, German beauty Sabine Lisicki is sitting pretty in the WTA Tour rankings at a career-high number 13. I had the opportunity to sit down with Sabine at the Sony Ericsson Open and chat about her most memorable moments on court, Roger Federer, legends she has hit with, and the three famous people she would most want to have dinner with.

During the course of the interview, Lisicki could not have been more gracious and involved in the questions, laughing and/or giggling a total of eleven times. I would bet that her and Ana Ivanovic could compete in a “giggle-off” and see who the nicest WTA player is – it would be a tough call! But alas, I digress. On to the questions and get ready for some laughs!

What is your most memorable moment on court?

There are several. Obviously, my first grand slam in Australia [in 2008]. But from last year, a very emotional moment was winning the title in Birmingham and beating Na Li at Wimbledon, on center court, with a full house. That meant a lot to me, especially after coming back from an injury.

If you weren’t a tennis player, what would you be?

(Laughs) I hate that question! (Laughs) I honestly don’t know, because tennis was always what I loved and what I always wanted to do and I feel very lucky that I have the opportunity to do what I love.

Do you have any hobbies on the side that you enjoy?

There are things that I might do after tennis, because I’m interested in design/fashion, but also in the human body, so some medicine-type of thing, because we go through so many health issues and we learn a lot about our body and I’m just curious to learn more, so I’ll see which direction I’ll go. The human body is veryinteresting, so you can always discover more.

If you could play against any player in history, who would it be and why?

(Long pause) The ones I would love to play against, I’ve practiced with them already! (Laughs)

Is this like Steffi Graf?

Steffi and Andre, I’ve played with both and I’ve practiced with Mary Pierce and Martina Hingis, so all the idols. I would love to hit with Roger [Federer] one day.

What are two things that you couldn’t live without?

Friends and family.

If you could have dinner with any three people, living or dead, who would they be and why?

Living or dead? (Laughs) Ok, a fun one, Brad Pitt. (Laughs) An interesting one would be the pilot who landed the plane on the Hudson River. I would love to hear from him what he thought in those moments, because he was so under pressure having so many passengers and landing the plane. And the third one, Drew Brees (NFL Quarterback).

Andrea Petkovic is a Riot!

After my last article about the perfect date for the WTA stars, one name in particular stuck in my head: Andrea Petkovic and when Addilson Strahovsky commented that he/she absolutely loved Andrea Petkovic’ part in the film, I figured that I should do a post about Andrea Petkovic.

Ofcourse for those who don’t know yet who she is, I took the liberty of digging through her profile on the WTA Tour website and came up with the following:

Coached by Petar Popovic; trains at Waske-Schüttler-Akademie … Baseliner whose favorite shot is forehand; favorite surface is clay … Began playing at age 6 when father introduced her to the sport … Formerly coached by father, Zoran; mother, Amira, is a dentist’s assistant; younger sister, Anja, is a student … Speaks French, German, English, Serbian … Favorite movie is 300; favorite actor is Edward Norton … Favorite types of music are rock, funk; favorite group is Bloc Party … Enjoys reading, writing; favorite authors are Goethe, Wilde; people most admired are Goethe (genius in writing) and Che Guevara (genius in fighting) … Other favorites include eating McDonald’s, watching baseball when in America … Favorite city is Barcelona; favorite tournament is Stuttgart … Most memorable experience was playing first Grand Slam at 2007 Roland Garros … Self-described as thoughtful, outgoing, happy.

Now on to the cool stuff. I browsed around some more and found her videoblog and this girl is hilarious!! She does her own vlog and I have never ever seen a WTA player go wild like that.  Long live YouTube and long live Andrea “Petkorazzi” Petkovic for being tech savvy and create her own vlogs!!

This video is about Andrea visiting the players party at the Dubai tennis tournament 2010:

Andrea gives dance class and hires a Chinese robot:

And the funniest video of her, that I found was the one from the Australian Open.

This Week In Tennis Business

The US Open Series is in full swing with a few events completed and four weeks of great tennis still to be played before the start of the US Open. Here are some of the big headlines from the latest edition of “This Week in Tennis Business”: Billie Jean King will soon receive America’s highest civil honor from President Obama…In his first exhibition match with a current ATP player, Andre Agassi will take on former World No. 1 Marat Safin, just days before Safin plays his final grand slam event…The Bank of the West Classic signs an extension to stay at its present location through 2012.

  • Tennis legend Billie Jean King will be honored by President Barack Obama on August 12 at a White House ceremony honoring 16 individuals as recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. “I am honored and humbled to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom and I share this recognition with my family, friends and those who have come before me, those who will follow and those who are committed to making a difference in the lives of others,” said King.

  • Andre Agassi will face off against Marat Safin at the Asheville Civic Center during The Grand Slam of Asheville on August 28. Former Top 40 WTA player and new mom Ashley Harkleroad will be featured in the preliminary match against a local high school player.

  • The Bank of the West Classic will continue to be held at Stanford University’s Taube Family Tennis Center through 2012, allowing the longest running women’s only professional tournament to stay put at its current location in California. France’s Marion Bartoli defeated Venus Williams to win last week’s $700,000 Premier event.

  • The Bjorn Borg spring and summer underwear collection for 2010 was launched at fashion designer Peter Elliot’s posh Upper East Side clothing stores in New York City. The underwear collection features five styles for both men and women and can be found in Borg’s new SoHo store in Manhattan.

  • Kim Clijsters, who will be making her comeback on the WTA Tour next week in Cincinnati, has signed a sponsorship deal with the Adecco Group, a Swiss-based world leader in Human Resources.

  • Andy Roddick will headline the 10th annual BNP Paribas Taste of Tennis on August 27 in New York City. The charity event, featuring the world’s best tennis players and chefs, gives guests the chance to interact with their favorite players and chefs, while tasting special food dishes. The popular pre-US Open event is produced by AYS Sports Marketing and benefits the Food Bank For New York City.

  • Pacific Entermark GmbH, manufacturer of strings, grips and accessories, has announced the acquisition of the racquet sports division of Austrian-based Fischer Tennis. The newly purchased racquet sports division will be located in Hochdorf, Germany.

  • Nick Bollettieri, Rick Macci, Emilio Sanchez Vicario and former U.S. Davis Cup captain Tom Gorman are among the featured speakers at the United States Professional Tennis Association’s World Conference at the Marco Island Marriott Resort, Golf Club and Spa, which will be held from September 21 to 26 in Marco Island, Fla.

  • According to the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association, 18.6 million Americans play tennis, a growth of 43 percent since 2000.

  • Adam Peterson, former coach of Lindsay Davenport and ATP Tour player, has been hired as a national coach for the USTA Player Development program and will be based in Carson, Calif.