Karolina Pliskova: It’s not in my personality to tell some jokes on court

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Karolina Pliskova: It’s not in my personality to tell some jokes on court

World No. 3 Karolina Pliskova says she gets nervous and annoyed just like any other player on the court but prefers not to show her emotions on the court, during a recent interview on the 'Chatting with Daniela’ show for the Roland Garros website.

The former World No. 1 also revealed on the show that she used to break a lot of rackets as a junior. "Of course I get nervous, scared. Annoyed a lot. It’s strange because when I was young, let’s say 10 or 12, I broke so many racquets.

My parents were like: ‘So when we buy racquets, don’t break them because it’s kind of expensive!’. I was like: ‘OK, but once I buy them for myself or once I get it, I can break them!’. I stopped it in the juniors.

When we started playing in women’s tournaments, I just wanted to stay calm. It’s not that I don’t want to have emotions, I have so many emotions. People when they see me on TV they are like: ‘Come on, you’re completely frozen.’ Like an ice queen, they call me.

Then they see me in real life and I’m laughing all the time and telling jokes, they’re like: ‘No, it’s not you, it’s not possible. It’s me, but it’s my focus. It helps me not to panic and to stay calm.

It’s not in my personality to tell some jokes on court – I would completely lose my focus and my game would go away completely, so that’s why I’m like this”.

Karolina Pliskova talks about her on court persona​

Speaking about the current break in the tennis circuit, Pliskova says she is trying to keep herself fit by playing different sports.

"I’ve had two waves. The first was that I was excited to be at home, I was enjoying being at home, seeing my parents, and I was just doing my stuff at home, organizing my closet, normal things we never have time for.

And then I started to get a bit bored and I still tried to practice, to exercise or to play tennis every day for one or two hours. It’s been about two months; I think I’m doing OK. I’ve started to do some other sports so I don’t get crazy from just going to the gym and playing tennis.

It’s difficult for everyone, but you can find some positives from this situation. I’m seeing my parents like never before and my friends once per week. I’m like OK, this is the best time! I miss tournaments, I miss travelling.

Hopefully everything will be better soon”. The 28 year old Karolína Plískoa has won 16 singles and five doubles titles on the WTA tour. She has reached the final of one Grand Slam event in her career - the 2016 US Open, where she was beaten by Germany's Angelique Kerber.