Photo: Montserrat GonzalezMontserrat Gonzalez (PAR)
Playing in her first year as a professional player, we recently found out a bit more about Paraguay's Montserrat Gonzalez.
ITF Pro Circuit: Can you tell us where were you born and maybe describe the area where you grew up?
Montserrat Gonzalez: I was born in Asuncion, which is the capital of Paraguay. It is a little country situated in the middle of South America. The weather is very hot almost all the year and I love my country and city because it is very familiar and friendly.
Do any other members of your family play sport?
Yes, my mom plays tennis and golf and my brother is a rugby player. We LOVE Sports!
So how did you get started in tennis?
I started at four-years-old. I was very hyper, with so much energy and I did not sleep, so my mom talked with the doctor and he recommended: "Montserrat needs to do something. Maybe some sports." So I started with tennis in the Yacht y Golf Club Paraguayo.
What can you tell us about your current coach?
My current couch is Alfredo de Brix, he is a motivator, gives me a lot of confidence and security to my game. He has a lot of experience in women’s tennis and that’s given me peace because he can understand the good and bad days or other things. We are a team.
Who were/are your tennis idols?
Kim Clijsters, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams.
Who has been the toughest opponent you have faced on court in an ITF Pro Circuit match?
Romana Tabak and Ana Sofia Sanchez
In your opinion, what would you say are the best and worst aspects of being a professional tennis player?
I think there are no worst aspects when you enjoy and love what you do. I really enjoying playing and being a professional player.
So far in your career, what has been the nicest ITF Pro Circuit venue that you played at?
In Cordoba, Argentina (Ines Gorrochategui Tennis Academy), was very nice to play there.
What is the best experience that you had on the ITF Pro Circuit?
My best experience was winning three tournaments in a row and have very good and amazing week in my first year as a professional player.
How do players relationships with each other at tournaments compare on the ITF Pro Circuit to other Circuits you may have played?
In professional tournaments you get to know the other players and relate well. Some are more friends than others, but the overall atmosphere is good.
How has playing on the ITF Pro Circuit helped you as a player?
It helps me very much to be learning, maturing and improving.
Would you recommend that juniors go on to play the ITF Pro Circuit?
Yes, it is very important for the juniors to start playing Pro Tournaments.
If you could only have one Grand Slam title, which would you choose?
Away from the tennis court do you have any other interests?
Travelling to new places, watching movies at the cinema, listening to music and reading new books.
Do you have a favourite holiday destination?
If you had not become a tennis player what career path would you have liked to have followed?
Have you set yourself any goals for 2013?
Yes, to improve my ranking and be in the WTA Top 250.
Finally, tell us something about yourself that possibly not many people already know?
I'm a very self-sacrificing person and grateful for the opportunities presented to me to compete.
Thanks for your time and good luck for the remainder of the season.