One of the favourites for the BNP Paribas Open this year – Petra Kvitova opens her campaign against Venus Williams but the Czech is not letting anything get in her way. Always with a smile on her face, she was spotted warming up with a football with coach Jiri Vanek and physio David Vydra.
“We’ve been playing these kinds of soccer games for a pretty long time now, but that was a new one,” said Kvitova, seeded third at the BNP Paribas Open. “It was a fun moment on center court. Sometimes it’s nice to have something different.
We shouldn’t think about defending points, playing for the rankings, whatever. We’re trying to not do that,” she added. “This is one of the things that distracts us”. The knife attack surely had its impact on Kvitova, who had a chance to meet fellow knife attack surviver Monica Seles at Wimbledon last year.
“I had never met her before,” said Kvitova. “We talked about what we’ve been through. We’ve both dealt with it pretty nicely. It was so nice to meet someone who kind of had been through something very similar in life”.
“I’m not sure if I’m going to be 100 percent one day,” the 29-year-old added. “I’m not sure if she is. Hopefully, she’s happy and she can enjoy her life as much as she can”.