Interview with Caroline Werner (@carolinewerner11)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

I started playing tennis since I was 5 years old. My whole family plays tennis including my parents, my sister, and my grandparents. My mother even has played professional tennis in the Czech Republic and reached number 2 in junior tennis after Martina Navratilova. Additionally, my uncle, Ivo Werner has reached the top 175 ATP and participated in the big Grand Slams. Nowadays, he is the Davis cup captain of Switzerland and has coached many top 10 players as Roger Federer, Kratochvil, Stan Wawrinka, and has reached to win the Australian Open with Petr Korda (Nr. 2 ATP).

 All in all, you can say that my whole family influenced me a lot to start my tennis career. 

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

Once I decided to fly to Kasachstan to play a 15.000$ tournament. It started with a lot of trouble. The first flight from Zurich to Kiev had a delay. Therefore we didn’t reach the connection flight in Kiev and had to wait for 9hours for the next flight Astana. It was 10 pm and we had to sleep at the airport because they didn’t offer us any hotel to sleep in. After some time, we woke up and have realized that it has been already time for boarding and cause suddenly there were so many people at the security control, we have so missed our next flight again. We took the next flight in about 5hours and made it to Astana still on time for the sign in.

After traveling for 48hours, I have made it to go to the sign-in and then got told that the tournament got canceled due to the weather forecast and insufficient money. The rage was very high at this moment, haha. We won’t forget this trip ever. 

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

Take it easy and train smart. 

Don’t go over your pain limit. Try to understand your body and listen to it. It gives you signals when to stop and when you can do more. All in all, enjoy the ride. 

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

My grandpa. He is the most loving and kind-hearted person. Without him, I wouldn’t be there where I am today. After every match, especially when I lost a match, I wanted to see my grandpa. Because he always reminded me that there’s much more than just tennis in this world. Tennis means a lot to me. However, he taught me that tennis isn’t everything and I shouldn’t dwell over a loss because life is too beautiful And short to be sad and serious. 

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

I have tried to give as much advice to younger players as possible. To help them to find their way and not to burn out. To give them the opportunity to travel with me to tournaments and see how it works and inspire them with all the things happening around. To work on social media against racism and supporting the Women’s and men’s equality.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

“Life is too beautiful and short to be sad and serious.” My grandpa has told me that often when I was sad and it helped me very much along the way. If something annoys you today but doesn’t bother you in 2 weeks, why dwelling on in then? 

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

The readers can follow me on Instagram (@carolinewerner11). 

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