Favourite ice cream flavour?
Pistachio or strawberry. But pistachio wins 🙂
Favourite language other than Czech or English?
Hmmm I learnt Russian at school but don’t really remember it now. I love the sound of Spanish and Italian
What do you do for entertainment on a long-haul flight? Books? Movies? Music?
I try to sleep as much as I can, especially if I need to get on a different timezone and cope with jet lag. Otherwise, all of the above, books, movies and music!
What do you order in a sushi restaurant?
I order the dragon roll for sure with eel sauce, the eel makes it a perfect combination.
Favourite nail colour
Pink, but it has to be a dark pink like almost red. I can’t wait to get a manicure again on my left hand!
Favourite thing to do with your nieces and nephew
I love to wrestle with them and tickle them! Sometimes I am too strong for them but they are still laughing, haha.
First Czech thing you want to eat/drink when you get back to the Czech Republic from a tournament.
There’s a typical Czech dumpling called svickova, with meat and sauce. But it’s not that healthy so I don’t really eat it too much!
Best player lounge on Tour
Hmm, it’s not a typical player lounge, but the members’ dressing-room upstairs at Wimbledon is my favourite place to hang out at a tournament – it is so calm and peaceful in there and the ladies are looking after us so well.
Which player is the loudest in the locker room?
JJ! Of course!
Favourite snack when you go to the movies?
Which player makes you laugh the most?
It has to be my best friend Lucie (Hradecka)
Night owl or early riser? (do you stay up late or get up early?)
Definitely early riser
Summer or winter?
Ice hockey or football?
I like both but I will say ice hockey
Best present you ever got from a fan
The Chinese fans always give the best presents – I love the Pojd Petra t-shirts and caps they gave me over there.
Photo credit: Lucie Robinson for magazine Marianne.
Coach: Jiri Vanek
Jiri Vanek is a former ATP player who reached a career-high singles ranking of No.74 in October 2000 and amassed 11 titles on the Challenger circuit. After retiring in 2011, Vanek coached Czech No.1 Karolina Pliskova to five WTA titles and her first Grand Slam final in 2016. He is married to Marketa Kochta, also a former pro player, and has two sons, Jiri Giorgio (13) and Tom Nicolas (9).
PR manager: Katie Spellman
Working together since 2012. Katie is from England but lives in Toronto, Canada. Katie spent the first seven years of her career as a sports journalist on the Sunday Mirror and The Times before joining the communications team at the WTA, where she worked closely with Petra and other top WTA players as part of the communications team. Katie set up her own PR consultancy business in 2012 with Petra as her first client.
Petra received two pieces of advice from Martina Navratilova before the 2011 Wimbledon final: don’t be too happy that you are in the final; don’t think of it as the Wimbledon final but treat it as a normal match
Petra’s favorite surfaces is grass, but she also loves to play indoors