Getting To Know... Camila Giorgi
Published July 02, 2012 11:45
LONDON, England - With four players in the Top 30 and three in the last 16 at Wimbledon for the first time in the Open Era, Italian tennis is in rude health at present. And things could be about to get even better, especially if Camila Giorgi has anything to say about it.
Based in Miami and originating from Macerate, Giorgi is the latest talent to emerge from the Italian Tennis Federation's production line and judging by her displays in SW19 could soon be joining Errani and company at the WTA's top table.
Wins over Flavia Pennetta, Anna Tatishvili and Nadia Petrova have taken the 20-year-old into the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the very first time, where she will face Agnieszka Radwanska. But before taking to the court with the No.3 seed, Giorgi spent a few minutes talking about grass, goals and gymnastics with wtatennis.com.
How did you get into tennis?
CG: I started playing tennis at a club about 15 minutes from my family house in Macerata. Originally I was doing artistic gymnastics, but my older brother was playing tennis and when I saw him play I wanted to join in. I was about five years old when I first joined in and I liked it straight away.
Can you tell us about your family?
CG: My older brother is Leandro, he's 23, and he's studying to become an actor. I also have a younger brother, he's 16, his name is Amadeus and he wants to be a professional soccer player - he plays for Real Madrid's academy team in Miami. My dad, Sergio, is my coach and my mother is a housewife and her name is Gloria.
Can you tell us about your coaching setup?
CG: My dad is my only coach at the moment. We train at a club in Pembroke Pines in Miami and work with some of the other coaches there, although my dad is in charge of the technical and physical part of my training.
How would you describe your game?
CG: I like to attack! I play an aggressive game and like to control the point, go to the net and to take a few risks. My forehand is my favorite shot, but I think I have an all-around game.
What is your favorite surface?
CG: I like hard and now after this week grass!
Did you have a tennis idol growing up?
CG: Not really a hero, but there were players I admired. I really liked to watch the matches of Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras. I have a lot of good memories watching them play each other when I was younger. Actually, my game used to be a lot like Agassi, but my dad taught me how to go to the net, to anticipate and to try to use the whole court.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
CG: I think maybe this week in Wimbledon! This has been the best achievement and also the best I have played in my career. And hopefully it will get even better!
Who has been your toughest opponent?
CG: I don't know, because I have played with so many players and all of them are tough and give me different challenges. I try to concentrate on me and what I am doing on the court and not to worry about the opponent.
What are your goals in tennis?
CG: I would like to be No.1. It will take time, but this is my main goal. In the short term, I am just looking to improve, because then the ranking will come. I try not to worry about my ranking, because if I just focus on one match at a time the results will come.
What is your favorite WTA tournament?
CG: I like a few tournaments, like Rome and Buenos Aires. Miami I also like a lot because it is fun and there is the beach close by!
How do you relax away from the court?
CG: There are many things I like to do for fun. I go out with my friends a lot, maybe for some dancing and just have fun with each other.
Do you have a favorite film or book?
CG: I really love to read a lot. There is not one particular book I would say I like more than the others, though. I think I am the same with movies too as I like so many! Recently I saw Broken Embraces by Pedro Almodóvar, which was really good and I would recommend it.
If you had to describe yourself in one word, what would it be?
CG: Oh, I don't really like to describe myself. I prefer for other people to do it!
If you could meet anyone in the world who would you like it to be?
CG: Maybe Maradona. My brother is a big fan of him and I think he is a very interesting person and would have lots of good stories to tell.
If you weren't a tennis player what would you be doing now?
CG: I would be a gymnast.