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10th March 2006 ... 30 today
Happy Birthday Vanessa !!!
World number two Vanessa Atkinson is enjoying a rich vein of form, having won the Apawamis Open, the KL Open and the Tournament of Champions in the past few weeks, results which will probably take her back to world number one at the end of the month.

She's celebrating her 30th birthday today, and with perfect timing we have a "20 questions" session from Kimberly Tunney, taken on the day she won in New York.

We also have the usual photo gallery, with the added bonus of some 'growing up' photos courtesy of Vanessa's Grandparents Anne and Eddie ...

Many Happy Returns ...
20 Questions with Kim Tunney

Where do you live?

In The Hague, Netherlands

Where do you train?
I train mainly in The Hague; sometimes in Amsterdam.

What is your typical training week like?
It depends if it is off season or pre-tournament. I usually train about six times a week. Two sessions a day. One of those sessions at least will be squash either with another player playing a match, or doing routines or having someone give me a feeding session.

How do you train off-season?
If it’s off-season, I’ll train two or three times a week. I have a fitness trainer I work with twice a week and we do on-court stuff but without a racquet; plyometrics, sprinting, ghosting, all that kind of thing. I usually do yoga once or twice a week; spinning sometimes, a lot of different things.

What’s your favourite clothing designer?
There’s an English shop I love, Karen Millen, which you don’t have here. I’m an absolute shop-alcoholic.

If I gave you a debit card loaded with $10,000 credit, what would be the first shop you’d go to here in New York City?
I’d go to SoHo. I don’t know what the shops are called but there’s a trendy area with little boutiques I always go into that I can never afford what’s in there. I could probably spend a bit of money in Barney’s!

Where were you born?
Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England

Many people probably don’t know you were born in England. When did you move to the Netherlands?
When I was about 5 I left Newcastle with my family due to my father’s job. And we ended up staying there.

What’s your fondest childhood memory?
Probably Christmas with my family. Many happy times and memories.

What’s your favourite thing to do on a night out?
I enjoy going out to bars.

What‘s your favourite drink?
Vodka and cranberry.

When did you turn pro?
When I was 19-years-old.

How long do you intend to stay pro?
Another five years or so, I hope.

Tell us what you apartment looks like.
Very bright and colourful with lots of pictures hanging on the walls.

What’s your favourite city in the United States?
There are many places that I haven’t been but I enjoy New York because I’m familiar with it. I also enjoy San Francisco.

What’s your favourite flower?

What was the last book you read?
A Million Little Pieces by James Frey. It was a great book but then I got caught up in its controversy so now I’m a bit disappointed.

What’s the silliest thing you did as a child?
I was a real tom-boy. Once I swung on a rope on a tree out in the woods and fell off swinging and really scratched up my face.

Do you think the ladies pro matches should be streamed live?
Yeah, I would be for that.

What has been the highest point in your squash career so far?
Winning the World Open Title in 2004. And tonight’s (winning the 2006 Tournament of Champions) not bad either!

"Vanessa was always a sporty girl, her mind was dizzy with it, and once she started squash she was always straight onto the court every day after school."

Have a great day Vanessa,
from Gran and Grandad ...

Newcastle Evening Chronicle


Photos by SquashPics, Fritz Borchert, Alex Wan, Steve Cubbins & Atkinson archives



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