By Magda Sulzycka
Watching sports on television has never been my thing. On occasion I can be persuaded to, but there’s always an ulterior motive.
Tennis, well tennis was always one of those sports that I would have on in the background as I cleaned or did homework. It always trumped golf because, quite honestly, tennis players are MUCH better looking than golfers.
One day, in true cleaning spirit, I flipped on TSN to have a little tennis background noise, only to find myself much more distracted by said background noise than usual. I was drawn into the game by a Danish player’s suspiciously Polish-sounding last name; that telltale “ski/cki/icz” ending is a dead give-away. I instinctively thought this business of a “cki” ending last name merited some further investigation. Who was this blond bombshell (she most definitely lives up the high standard of looks associated with tennis players)? And how did she end up playing for Denmark?
Caroline Wozniacki: tennis player extraordinaire.
WTA Tour – Like many Poles in the 80s, her parents fled their homeland. They ended up in Denmark. That’s where Caroline was born. Her tennis training began at a very young age when her professional soccer player dad (he played for the Danish soccer club B1909 in Odense) began playing with Caroline for fun. Fun quickly led to win after win in tournaments which eventually led her to play against the top players in the world.
Over the past two years she has appeared in the finals of some pretty impressive tournaments, such as the U.S., Australian and French Opens. This past Sunday she won a prestigious championship in Dubai. She is now ranked as the No. 1 female tennis player in the world.
And, she’s only 20.
But the nicest part…she now lives in Monaco.
And yes…she wears Adidas by Stella McCartney.
Some of you may think it too soon, but I’ll go ahead and get excited about the prospect of a potential “Polish” Sharapova to cheer on! Regardless, we’ll most certainly be seeing much, much more of her in the near future, which is actually terrible for me: tennis will no longer be a suitable background noise for my cleaning, lest my carpet never again be thoroughly vacuumed.
Looks like it’s golf from now on.
Magda is an alumnus of the University of Ottawa’s School of Translation and a current student at McMaster University where she’s undertaking a post-graduate diploma in Finance. Over the course of her time at uOttawa, Magda worked on several Polonia related projects, the most notable being the Quo Vadis Conference for which she was one of the Co-Creators. Currently Magda works part-time in the Federal Public Service sector.