Former world No. 1 Andrea Petkovic insists she and three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber don’t want to waste their experience as they want to share ir to the younger players. Petkovic and Kerber are leading Germany at this week’s Billie Jean King Cup in Prague.
Germanh Billie Jean King Cup also features Jule Niemeier, Anna-Lena Friedsam and Nastasja Sxhunk. “I like to see my experience not get completely wasted and I try to share it as well as I can,” said Petkovic, who made her Billie Jean King Cup debut in 2007.
“I don’t know how valuable it is to the young players but both Angelique and I try to share our experiences we have had over the course of such long career. “In the end, a young player will have to make mistakes in order to get better no matter what the elder statesmen tell them, but we are there to provide knowledge and try to share some wisdom we have collected over the years”.
Petkovic shows respect and admiration for Billie Jean King
King is a former world No. 1 and 39-time Grand Slam champion. “The reason why most of the best paid female athletes are constantly the tennis players is because of Billie Jean King and the risks she took in the 1970s,” Petkovic said.
“She did so much, while at the same time maintaining the position of No. 1 in the world rankings. That is something to look up to whether you are a tennis player or not. Her story really should be told. “I read her book and I hope a lot of people do.
I think it makes it easier to be appreciative when you play on court and when things get hard to know where you came from. If it was up to me, I would teach the young players the history of the sport”.