Alize Cornet talks about her life away from the court and her love of chocolate

Locker Room: Alize Cornet



Originally published on 31/05/15

What makes you happy?
I’m very lucky to have the chance to live for my passion. I just love being on the tour and doing what I love. I have a very good team around me – my coach, my boyfriend, my physio, my fitness coach – so having all these people that I love around me makes me happy.

Do you know any good jokes?
Not in English, only in French!

What was your most embarrassing moment?
It was at the Australian Open a few years ago and my coach at the time was bald. I saw a guy walking ten or 15 metres in front of me and I thought it was my coach so I ran towards him and jumped on his back. The guy turned around and it was not my coach. There were so many people around I was so embarrassed I just wanted to disappear.

Besides your tennis gear, what do you never travel without?
My cell phone and a book. I love the children’s book Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. It was the first book my mum made me read when I was a kid and she told me I should re-read it every three years and every time you will discover something new. And that’s what I do.

What is your favourite city?
My home, Nice, in the south of France. Obviously I don’t spend a lot of time at home so it’s very nice for me to stay there whenever I have the chance.

You travel a lot. Do you like flying? 
I hate flying. I just hate being in a plane and when it moves around I get really stressed and nervous. I think I am getting used to it but it is definitely not my favourite part of the job.

Do you cook?
Last winter I was staying alone in Paris so I started cooking but I am still learning. I’m used to my mum’s cooking and it’s much better. I don’t have time during tournaments and we often stay at hotels so we always eat in restaurants or at the tennis club. But even when we stay in an apartment I am so lazy.

What is your favourite meal?
Something my mum has cooked, like Cantonese rice. She does it so well I never get bored of it.

Do you have a guilty pleasure?
Chocolate. All kinds of chocolate; I cannot resist it. Dark chocolate is my favourite. Chocolate cake, any form of chocolate, I love it.

Are you more likely to eat chocolate after you win or lose?
After a loss. If I feel a little bit sad food is my best consolation.

After you won your first WTA title in 2008 did you treat yourself to anything with the prize money?
Actually I did after I won my first ITF title, a $25,000 event in Italy [in 2006]. I was 16 and I bought my first iPod. It was huge, 20MB and I was so excited to treat myself for the first time. I still have it – I kept it like a trophy!

Which actress would play your life in a movie?
Some people tell me I look a little bit like Tea Leoni, so I would choose her.

This interview originally appeared in tennishead Volume 6 Issue 2Subscribe to the magazine today or download the latest digital magazine, available on Apple and Android devices.


Alize Cornet talks about her life away from the court and her love of chocolate
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