Tennis - While several former tennis players remain active in the sport either through coaching or commentating, former World No. 4 Kimiko Date-Krumm has taken a completely new direction after her second retirement. The three-time Grand Slam semi-finalist is now running her own bakery in Tokyo called Frau Krumm - which focusses on German bread and pastries, French products and Japanese products.
Speaking to The Japan Times, Date-Krumm says, “My love of bread began when I started touring Europe in my late teens. Up until then I was only into Japanese food, but as I discovered these amazing bakeries and cafes, my tastes changed.
Each time I went to a new city, I’d try to find new places. After getting married (to German professional racing driver, Michael Krumm), my appreciation of bread grew stronger. Rather than just searching for shops, I began to consider running my own one.
I love French bakeries, but as there are many in Tokyo I decided to concentrate more on products from Germany. With that in mind, it made sense to name the place ‘Krumm’ rather than ‘Date.’ Despite no longer being married, we still have a good relationship.
He’s probably the shop’s best customer, regularly coming in to get either a brezel(pretzel) or a laugencroissant (pretzel- croissant), both of which are very popular in the south of Germany”. The Japanese player says she is happy with the relatively small outlet and does not want to expand too much.
“I didn’t want anything too extravagant. It’s a small shop in a great location and that’s more than enough for me. I’m not ambitious about making it bigger. There’s been a slight increase in the number of customers due to new offices being built around here, however, the impact has been small. Generally, things are stable, just the way I like it”. The bakery was launched in August 2013.