March 16, 2019
We are super excited to share our exclusive interview with Katie Boulter. We caught up with her as she prepares to play at The Miami Open 2019.
Because we love our tennis here, we were keen to find out how she trains; what her goals are and what her reaction is to her marvellous performance at the Fed Cup.
Where does the recent Fed Cup experience rank in your career achievements and experiences?
Certainly right up there! It was such an amazing experience to represent my country and play in front of a home crowd; I can’t wait to do it all over again at the Copper Box next month. I guess I never thought I’d play on the same court as Roger Federer either so that has to be another career highlight.
Does this kind of success make all the hard work worthwhile?
Definitely! Training can be pretty gruelling at times and there are definitely tough periods along the way but successes like the week at Fed Cup and my Grand Slam victory in Melbourne earlier this year really help to keep you motivated and pushing on. I work as hard as I possibly can every day and will continue to do so in order to try and move up the rankings.
Give us some idea of your training regime, does it vary from surface to surface?
Practice, gym, recovery, repeat! To be honest, the length of my sessions vary quite a bit depending on my schedule; but I work very closely with my team to ensure I’m managing my work load and doing the optimum amount off the court to help improve my performance on it.
Is your target to make the top 50 singles this year or do you have other goals?
I haven’t really targeted a specific ranking this year. It was great to crack the Top 100 at the end of last year; but I’m now just taking each day and each match as it comes and then I can evaluate where I’m at at the end of the season. I know I have a lot of work to put in but I’m confident if I keep doing what I’ve been doing the last few months; my progress on the court will take care of itself.
How are you feeling about your Miami Open chances?
I’m really looking forward to it, I love Miami and it’s been nice to get here early after a tough couple of weeks with illness in Acapulco and Indian Wells. I can’t wait to get started on Monday now!
Is grass your favourite surface?
Yes, I love the grass and Wimbledon is my favourite tournament. I love the travelling element of my job but the grass court season is my favourite time of year; as it means I can spend some time at home and catch up with friends and family.
Do you feel capable of winning a titles this year?
As I said earlier, I’m just trying to take each match as it comes and not focus too much on rankings or titles just yet. Obviously it’s always great to win titles and I feel like my game is trending in that direction but I’m just going to keep working hard and see where that takes me come the end of the year.
Do you learn more from your defeats or your victories?
Both I think. I think it’s important to enjoy your victories and take the confidence they bring but also not get too carried away. Similarly if you have a tough loss it’s important not to dwell on them as the next match is always just around the corner. If you look at all the great champions over the years, they are always striving for perfection and looking at ways to improve so I try and take this approach to help my game.
We can’t wait to see Katie inaction at the Miami Open starting on Monday. We are even more excited to see her at Wimbledon.
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