She is one of the numerous talented German players on the WTA tour, will be part of the Fed Cup semifinals this weekend, her name is Julia Goerges, and she has very kindly accepted to take some of her time to answer some of my questions 🙂 After two difficult seasons in 2013 and 2014, the player from Bad Oldesloe is back to a very good level in this new season and can have some good expectations for the upcoming tournaments. Indeed, The German always had great results on clay courts with particularly 2 titles in Bad Gastein and Stuttgart, plus a mixed doubles final at Roland Garros in Paris. And the clay season will start this weekend with the Fed Cup tie between Germany and Russia for Julia Goerges who believes that Germany can win this competition one day. Julia Goerges also talks here about her connected Babolat racket, what a typical day of her life on the tour looks like, and many other things like the possibility to practice biathlon one day 😉
First of all, how do you judge the first part of your season ?
The first part of the season was very solid and I had some good results, which brought me into a good position for the rest of the season.
The German Fed Cup team made it to the final last year and is now already in the semifinal this year… I guess you all have the secret goal to go one step further this year and complete the “Fed Cup mission” ?
Our goal is of course to win the Fed Cup one day. But we don’t put pressure on our team. We just try to do our best, and we have a very strong team, so there is a good chance to win the Fed Cup one day.
What looks like a typical day in Julia Goerges’s life on the WTA tour ?
There is nothing special happening 😉 If it’s a match day I am going to have a warm up with my coach before my match, doing some exercises with my fitness coach and physio, so then I am ready to go on the court. After the match I am going to make a cool down with my physio and a light stretch. We have treatment later on and a nice dinner. So nothing really special 🙂
You were one of the first WTA players to use the connected Babolat racket… Do you feel a difference compared to a “classic” racket ? And how does this technology help your game ?
My racket is not different to the one before. It doesn’t feel different. It just has the technology in the grip where it records the training sessions and matches. Then you can see some useful informations regarding your type of play.
You have pretty good volley skills, don’t you think you could come even more to the net ? In nowadays tennis it could be a good way to destabilize opponents who are used to baseline rallies…
For sure I could go more to the net especially when my ground strokes are heavy and push the opponent behind the baseline. I’m working a lot on it, in doubles as well. Playing a lot of doubles is a great way to practice as it includes everything. Serve, returns, volleys etc… including playing under match pressure.
We know you are a big fan of biathlon… But did you already have the opportunity to practice biathlon ?
Unfortunately not as their season is always when I am leaving for Australia and before that it is tough to try. But I would love to try it one day, and I’m sure I will get the chance later after my career 😉
And to finish, if you could ask three wishes to the Genie, what would they be ?
To be healthy, that’s the main wish I am having and the most important one!