Interesting opinion by Roberta Vinci on who is the most handsome player on the ATP Tour. The world no. 117, who will retire from tennis at the 2018 Rome Open, said: '[Ernests] Gulbis has always interested me. He has something that's attractive.' When La Gazzetta dello Sport journalist interrupted her and said: 'He just got married,' Vinci jokingly remarked 'Damn him!'
On a serious note, Roberta commented on one of her highlights in career: reaching the final of the 2015 US Open. That year, she denied Serena Williams the chance to complete the calendar Grand Slam. What does she think of her achievement? 'That was an incredible tournament: I beat the world no. 1 and in the final I faced [Flavia] Pennetta, my childhood friend, and [life came to a] full circle. Obviously, when you beat the strongest, you expect to go further, but due to the context and the environment it happened in, the win against Serena was almost as worth as winning a Grand Slam.'
Vinci also added that the WhatsApp group of her fellow Italian players - herself, Francesca Schiavone, Pennetta and Sara Errani - doesn't exist anymore. 'We contact each other individually.' Speaking of whom, is there any specific reason why the two ended their successful doubles partnership? 'There aren't hidden backstories, simply we got to a point that drained us,' Vinci shared. 'It happens in life, relationship changes and feeling is not the same. That's all.'
Asked about Errani's doping ban, Vinci commented: 'For how long I have known her, and I think I do [know her] well, I absolutely think she couldn't have intentionally taken performance-enhancing substances. Sara is even careful about the water she drinks.'
The Taranto-native has earned $11.7 million in career. Has she managed her finances well? 'I'd say yes, also because my parents helped me a lot. But now I want to buy a beautiful home in Milan (where she trains), my journey in the city will not end with my retirement,' said the 34-year-old.