Former World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, of Denmark, says she hated losing more than winning which is why she trained much harder during her career, in an interview on the show "Wozniacki - to the last ball " on TV 2.
In the interview, the Dane talks about her career right from the beginning of her junior days to her retirement and how her father made her responsible for herself from a very young age. "I had to figure out how to book flights, and I even called Adidas to hear if they would sponsor me.
That was when I was 10 years old. I'm very stubborn. I don't think you get to where I am in tennis if you are not stubborn. I want to be the best or do the best I can in everything I do. It is both in school, on the tennis court and in life in general.
I think I hate losing more than I love to win. When you hate losing as much as I do, you also train hard to gain more than you lose. So I just think it's just the fighter's will I have." Wozniacki says the same attitude helped her when she attended the prestigious Harvard University, in the fall of 2019, to complete a course that prepares professional athletes for life after their careers.
"I got the best grade in the whole class, so it was pretty cool. It gave me a small boost." The Dane also recalls the death of her grandmother in the interview. "When my grandmother died, I played Wimbledon. I was really close with my grandmother and I played single, double and mix that day which was a sad day.
Before she died, she gave me a four-leaf clover, which I put on a bracelet and that I had with me for many years. It's one of the things that has given me an extra boost when I needed it. Speaking about retirement, Wozniacki says, "One of the things I'm going to miss is the adrenaline that comes through when you've won a match or a fantastic point.
The seconds immediately after, I think I'm going to miss that because I think it's going to be hard to get that from something else I'm going to do in life."