A year ago, she officially sat in her box at a tournament for the first time. Now Kristina's "Kiki" Mladenovic belongs to the tight circle of Dominic Thiem, unless she is in tennis herself.
The French King, who won the final in Singapore with his good friend, Timea Babos at the end of October, burns her Dominic in London.
A year ago, the 25-year-old, formerly ten of the tennis women, was close to being among the top eight players in the WTA Finals season. "I was the first player out there last year, and I want to return to that position," said Mladenovic on a trip down the Thames and sat next to Thiem.
And there is such a journey to the master of masters all motivation. "I'm working hard to achieve what he has achieved," she said in view of world ranking eighth from Lichtenwörth. "I'm really lucky to get him because he's an inspiration every day, and I'm not saying because he's sitting there – it's really true," says Mladenovic.
»I'm really lucky to get him because he's an inspiration every day"
She really enjoys London. "I think it's a good opportunity because planning still allows, I do not know if it will happen next year." From 2019, WTA will move its season finale backwards. "It's also very fun for me as a player to compare the two player organizations." The most important thing for her is her friend's personal support: "It's important for me to be here and support him."
Families move together
The mutual families are also increasingly in tournaments of "Schwiegerkinder" in the audience, so it was The parents Thiem repeatedly appeared at the WTA tournament in Linz like Daumendrücker of Mladenovic. Thiem himself has also traveled straight to the steel city after his departure from Shanghai.
Joint education is rare, "but it happens", says Mladenovic, laughing. Thiem turns on, "The last time it was too hard for me," he jokes. Mladenovic thinks she can help Thiem "at work". "Of course, I can not keep up with his speed, but if I have to let him go, we've done it before." In terms of points she had "no chance of making a single point", confirming current number 44 in the WTA ranking.
Assignment is not a problem
The obvious harmony of the two tennis Globetrotter has no effect on even closer to each other, such as the merger of the home. "We do not ask this question, we understand our lifestyle because we have the same thing, we do not really have a home and do not spend much time with each other," explains the Frenchman.
When the French Open Finalist returns, "It would not really change anything if we went closer, we would not see each other anymore." Mladenovic replies: "I always say to Domi or both families, because I'm my home, where my most important people are." Thiem explains: "How many days happened this year that you were in Paris and I was in Vienna, maybe a week or two, almost never."