All Access Hour at Rogers Cup presented by National Bank yielded laughs, anecdotes and nuggets of wisdom.
Defending champion Simona Halep made no bones about the love she feels for Canada. Just one annual stop in the land of maple syrup just isn’t quite enough.
“Why don’t they make every year Montreal and every year Toronto to have both? I miss Montreal. It’s tough but it’s nice we can switch. I wish to have both every year!”
Life on the road for a tennis player means spending months after months away from home. For Kuznetsova, her American Bully, Dolce, acts as an emotional support dog. However, this time her pup didn’t make the trip.
“My dog, he’s very scared of everything. He gets very stressed. He needs emotional support more than me! I felt sorry for him. I didn’t take him. I’m very sad, I miss him a lot. It would help me a lot to have my dog.”
Sveta is just like any typical doting dog momma: Dolce has his own Instagram account. Seeing that face would give anyone an emotional boost!
When Johanna Konta bowed out of Wimbledon in the semifinals, it pushed Karolina Pliskova to the World No. 1 ranking. So, how did Konta feel about her assist?
“I don’t claim any credit. I think it will be a good thing to say when I want her to buy me food.”
Svitolina endured a particularly gut-wrenching quarterfinal loss against Simona Halep at Roland Garros up a set and leading 5-1. The Ukrainian can laugh about it now, but even she admits sometimes certain matches linger longer than others.
“If I would come back to that match each day or every week, I would probably end up somewhere in the crazy house.”
After not watching Jo Konta’s match, Pliskova found out about her World No. 1 ranking though a series from messages from friends. Although she was on holiday at the time, she managed to post a fun instagram celebrating. The inspiration?
“My boyfriend said ‘pretend that you are a little bit happy’”
I will definitely remember today! Although right now I am not celebrating a victory on the court, I have become the world number one. And this really means a lot to me. Actually, I can’t even realize what I have achieved. I worked very hard, as did all the people around me. Thanks to everyone who believed in me, as well as to those who doubted. Being the world number one is also a big responsibility for me. I’m aware of that and I can promise I will do my best not to disappoint in this role. Hopefully I’ll succeed. Once again I’d like to thank my family, my team of the closest people around me. Without you I wouldn’t be where I am. ❤️🤗 Dnešní den si budu rozhodně pamatovat. Přestože zrovna nejásám po vyhraném zápase přímo na kurtu, stala jsem se světovou jedničkou. A to pro mě znamená strašně moc. Vlastně si ani pořádně nedokážu uvědomit, čeho jsem dosáhla. Pracovala jsem opravdu tvrdě, stejně jako všichni lidé kolem mě. Díky všem, kteří mi věřili a vlastně i těm, kteří o mně pochybovali. Být světovou jedničkou je pro mě zároveň velká zodpovědnost, to si uvědomuju a můžu slíbit, že udělám maximum abych v téhle roli nezklamala. Snad se to povede. Ještě jednou děkuji rodině, mému týmu a nejbližším kolem mě. Bez vás bych nebyla tam, kde jsem.
Caroline Wozniacki may be best buddies with Serena Williams, but she isn’t afraid to share her honesty.
Wozniacki acknowledged “We’re lucky enough to witness it and play against the greatest player to ever play.”
“And on the other hand, I’m like Serena—let us win a few sometimes!”
Muguruza is no stranger to Grand Slam finals. Her maiden title coming in Paris, she had veteran status in terms of celebration. So how did the Spaniard commemorate her Wimbledon title?
“A nice dinner. I’m it that wild person that is partying and stuff like that. We all had a good moment.”
After Wimbledon, Kerber took some time off—to hit the gym and practice even harder. The two-time Grand Slam champ is back on the hunt for another title.
“I was working on lot on my physical things and tennis things. It was hard work in the last few weeks so that’s why I am happy to be in a tournament again.”