By Justin Ross
Media day at the Miami Open gave reporters a chance to get some critical questions answered. From momentum changes to court conditions, we sat down with the game’s biggest stars. Here are some of the more light-hearted tidbits we learned.
1. Angelique Kerber isn’t focused on her No. 1 ranking.
Despite overtaking Serena Williams in WTA standings, Kerber told the media it’s not important.
“Yeah, I’m number one again, but this is actually not what is really important for me. For me, it’s important like at Indian Wells, going out and playing good matches. That is why I’m here and why I’m practicing so much.”
2. If Stan “Stanimal” Wawrinka was an animal, he said he would be a black panther.
“Depends on the day. I quite like a black panther.”
Perhaps the black panther is representative of his offensive prowess on the court.
3. Despite not winning at Indian Wells, Wawrinka was happy with his play.
“I’m really happy with the result. I was sad after the loss, but it was a great final in general. I’m feeling confident with my game because making the final of the first Masters 1000 was great, but here it’s completely different conditions,” said Wawrinka. “So, I will see when I’m going to start to practice again tomorrow. Hopefully, I can do a good result here.”
4. Roger Federer likes to sing.
When asked about the video that surfaced in January of Federer singing with fellow competitors Tommy Haas and Grigor Dimitrov, this is how the Swiss magician responded:
“I was just singing something right now. I don’t remember what it was. I think it was Oasis the last song I had. I had about five songs to listen to. I knew the lyrics of about four of them, so I was having a good time here.”
5. Svetlana Kuznetsova said cutting her hair during a 2016 finals match was odd for even herself.
“It was weird for everybody. My haircutter was like ‘oh, she can do this job as well.’ I even went to a TV show in Russia, and they made me cut hair. I was really tired, and I was emotionally stressed. I didn’t think clearly. I was struggling with my ponytail for a couple months after. Everybody was surprised, and so was I.”
6. Jack Sock’s star-struck moment was meeting Andy Roddick at a Nebraska Cornhuskers football game.
“My first experience with that was probably meeting Andy after he won the U.S. Open. We’re both diehard Cornhuskers fans. When I was 9 or 10, they were honoring him on the field at a Husker game. I was still living in Lincoln, and my dad, and brother, and I went to the game. I went down on the field and met him, so that was probably the first time I had that feeling.”
7. Sock used to have basketball aspirations. He also picked Duke for the finals in his March Madness Bracket.
“I love playing, watching whatever it is. I’ll go play a pickup game when I’m at home sometimes, and I enjoy doing it, but I was a little bit better at tennis.
“I do [have a bracket]. I don’t like to really talk about it. I had Duke in the final.”