16 Apr 2012

60 seconds with: Flavia Pennetta


Photo: Paul ZimmerFlavia Pennetta (ITA)

What are you looking forward to most about the London Olympic Games?
To enjoy the moment. The Olympic Games is something different, you can see the best players in everything so it’s good to be part of that and of course to play my best tennis.

What do you think the atmosphere will be like during Games-time?
Normally the Olympic Games is really fun so I hope it’s also going to be the same in London – why not?

Do you think it will be a similar atmosphere to Wimbledon?
Well, we’re going to play in Wimbledon so it’s going to be like Wimbledon, everything is going to be the same but you know when you finish playing and you go back to the village that’s going to be completely different.

Are you looking forward to mixing with other athletes?
Yes, I would like to see different sports because Beijing was the first Olympics for me and I didn’t see nothing – just tennis – so this time I would like to see a little bit more.

Which sports would you like to watch?
Swimming. I would like to see [Federica] Pellegrini and athletics.

What is your favourite Olympic memory?
About myself? Not many! I have a bad memory from the Olympic Games in the quarterfinals of the doubles with Francesca [Schiavone] when we had two match points and lost so that was a bad memory, but I have a good memory when Pellegrini won the gold medal.

Do you remember the first Olympics you watched on television?
I think Sydney was the first one that I really followed.

Who from Italy do you think will do well at the Olympics?
The swimmers. They’re going to be really good.