|Posted on January 11, 2011 at 2:17 PM|
Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic answers questions during a press conference for the Kooyong Classic tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 11, 2011. The Kooyong Classic is an invitational, round-robin event featuring six of the world's top fifteen players who use it as a warm up for the Australian Open which begins on January 17.
The AAMI Classic media conference took place today at Kooyong. Former player Wayne Arthurs interviewed the players about their goals and their form for the Australian summer.
Berdych, the Wimbledon finalist last summer against Rafael Nadal, is making his first Kooyong start.
"It's nice to be part of the names here," said the Czech. "This is the first experience for me, but the field is very strong and anyone can win in the end."
Berdych said he was enjoying the limelight at home in the Czech Republic following his breakout season.
"The season, it's already gone and then you're just starting and you just need to try to go step by step, not to be thinking too much," the 25-year-old said.
"As all other guys just said, stay without any injury, stay and hopefully it's going to be a good season again.
Players’ Media Conference with Tomas Berdych - Monday, January 11, 2011
"Everyone is trying to get the very best preparation for the Australian Open."
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AAMI Classic 2011 Media Conference Transcript
AAMI Classic Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club
Welcome guys. I know some of you have been here before. Some of you this is the first time you've been here. I hope you have a great week. It is a great event here at Kooyong. The AAMI Classic is a very good preparation for all you guys so enjoy it and play hard
Tomas, what a great year it has been for you in 2010?
Yeah, definitely. That was really great season for me.
Obviously culminating with the Wimbledon final. How were you received back in the Czech Republic after that final?
Yeah, it was really great, I mean, it was just coming back, you know, that also it's not every time that you come and just couple of friends come just even to the airport just to see and just make some pictures with the trophy and, you know, it's not happening every time.
Yes. Do you enjoy the limelight, do you enjoy being in the public eye?
Yeah. I mean, it's definitely part of the, you know, part of the sports, part of what we're doing and, you know, if you really - there's a bit like with the good results then I think it's just really nice and if it's just like in a good way that's, people are not like, you know, too much, it's really nice.
Have your expectations become higher now because you made that Wimbledon final?
Yeah. On one way of course, you know, that you expect that, you know, you will try to, you know, make the pretty similar season or try your best to make a really good season again, but on the other way it just, you know, the Season 1, it's already gone and then you're just starting and you just need to try to get, you know, and go step by step, not to be thinking too much, like, what all the season's going to be, so as all other guys just said, you know, stay without any injury, stay and hopefully it's going to be again a good season.
Have you been watching the Detroit Red Wings? Been going pretty well haven't they?
Yeah, they are doing this season pretty well and, you know, couple of Czech guys they are back in the theme so hopefully they going to do well as well, and we see.
OK, thanks very much.