Quotable Quotes: Wozniacki On McIlroy
Published March 16, 2013 12:00
INDIAN WELLS, CA, USA - It's no secret Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy are an item, but what's the secret to their continued success in their respective professional sports careers? It turns out they motivate each other - though they do sometimes have difficulties keeping up with the other one... here's the former World No.1 - and 2013 BNP Paribas Open finalist - talking about the whole thing.
On Rory McIlroy saying a few weeks ago that he was in good shape until he started jogging with her, and he could barely make it the first time...
"He didn't make it. Let me just rephrase that. He didn't make it."
On the full story...
"It was so funny. We went out running in Monaco. I have this round that I always do, but I was like, 'We're going to the gym afterwards, so let's make this little loop - it takes 25 minutes or something like that - and then let's run up to the country club after that.' So we make one round and then run to the country club and then we go to the gym and we can run back home. Sounded like a great idea.
"But it was quite hot out there, I have to say. After 15 minutes I could really see he was struggling out there. So we had made half the loop, and then I was like, 'You know what? If you want you can run up to the gym now. I'll finish my round and then I'll run up there too. Yeah, yeah, let's just do that.'
"But that's a long time ago now. I have to say he's extremely fast, so we made sprints up the hill on the way. I have to say, on the first few meters he is extremely fast. I prefer to go long distance. But now we go running all the time. There's absolutely no problem with him keeping up. He loves the gym, loves to work out. He goes at least once a day, if not twice. He's in unbelievable shape. He's going to be in Miami and we are going to go run every day, and he will have absolutely no problems with keeping up.
"I still like to give him that story once in a while, though."
On those sprints up the hill...
"There's one where he beats me on the first few meters, and then I overtake him after. But there's this small hill from the beach that goes up to the country club, so we can do sprints there. But there's also a really long hill. It's a killer. I do intervals up there. It's going from the harbor to the casino.
"When I used to do intervals there, I needed to make it within two minutes and five seconds, and if I didn't, it didn't count. Six of those and I'm telling you, you're dead. I thought I was going to throw up. Especially in the summertime when it's extremely hot and it gets humid, it's not fun. People stop halfway up and they're resting. Then there's a police officer always upstairs - to make sure of the traffic. He's standing there, and it's usually two or three guys - it's always the same guys there.
"They look at me like, 'Is she crazy? Something's not right up there.' I go up and down, up and down."
On whether she is good motivation for Rory...
"I'm sure I was, especially in the beginning. But now, even in my off-season, I'm like, 'Can you just rest for a second? I don't want to see the gym. I don't want to hear about the gym. I don't want to go run. I just want to relax.' Then he's like, 'No, but let's just go to the gym.' I'm like, 'Don't you understand the word relax?' Apparently not. I was like, 'You can go to the gym. I'll stay here and just relax.'"
And on one of her favorite ways to relax...
"I'm a good sleeper. I can sleep anytime, anywhere. Just as long as I can lie flat and have a decent pillow, I'm good. Even when I play night matches I can sleep in the day. I have no problem with it."
On the longest amount of time she has spent on the driving range...
"Me? Probably an hour and a half. It's a long time. Sometimes I just go with him. He goes and hits balls, and then I have my own pile of balls and I hit as well. It goes well for a while, and then once it starts going downhill I take a little break and watch him hit some balls. I think, 'That looks easy,' I take a water and then I go back at it, and then I need a few pointers from his coach or his caddy.
"It gets better again and then it gets worse. It's a frustrating game, but I really enjoy it."