Born in Bratislava in Slovakia, Rebecca Šramkova, who already reached two semi-finals on the ITF tour this season, has very nicely taken some of her time to answer some of my questions. The 19-years-old Slovak is probably one of the most promising player of her country and this interview is a good opportunity to get to know a bit more this very talented and really nice girl. Almost every week passed on the tour Rebecca Šramkova is improving, so there is no doubt that you will hear more and more about her in the upcoming months and years…
First of all, how did you get into tennis ?
Actually I have problems with my eyes, that’s why and how I started to play tennis when I was six. It was good for me because of focus and being pointed on balls, but after a short time it started to be a passion for me.
How would you describe your playing style and what are your strengths ?
I play fast, with a good serve and drive volleys sometimes.
And in which compartment(s) of your game do you think you still need to improve the most ?
I think I mainly need to improve my foot work and my return.
What’s your coaching situation at the moment ?
My father owns a club in Bratislava and I practice there with him and different hitting partners.
What are your short term and long term goals ?
I have only this to say : Be like the wolf. The lion and the tiger may be more powerful, however the wolf doesn’t perform in the circus.
Who were your tennis idols when you were growing up, and why ?
My favourite player is Serena Williams because of her pushing game, her mentality, her professional attitude on and off the court.
What looks like a typical day in Rebecca Sramkova’s life on the tour ?
It really depends on the tournament, if it’s indoor or outdoor… And my preparation for the match is still developing.
What do you like to do to relax in your spare time ?
I love long walks in mountains, and I really enjoy wellness like jacuzzi and sauna, and of course to go out with my friends.
If you could asked three wishes to the Genie, what would they be ?
Health, love and happiness.
And to finish, some quick fire questions 🙂
Favourite surface ? Hard
Favourite tournament ? Roland Garros
Favourite city ? Bratislava
Favourite place for holiday ? High Tatras, Slovakia
Favourite sport outside of tennis ? Kickboxing, fitness
Favourite food ? I love sushi and pasta
Favourite singer ? Coldplay
Favourite book ? Andre Agassi open
Favourite TV show ? I don’t watch TV haha
Favourite movie ? Untouchables
Once again I would like to warmly thanks Rebecca for her big availability and her kindness! I wish her all the best for the rest of the year and her career! 🙂
If you want to follow and support Rebecca, you can do it via her Facebook fanpage here
Photo credit : Rebecca Sramkova’s personnal archives