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June 23, 2014
N. BROADY/T. Babos
2‑6, 7‑6, 6‑0
THE MODERATOR:¬† Questions, please.
Q.¬† That must be a very, very satisfying win.¬† First one here at Wimbledon.¬† ¬£43,000?
NAOMI BROADY:¬† It's my first one at Wimbledon.¬† Third time lucky.¬† It's my first one against Timea, as well, third time lucky.¬† I've lost to her twice previously 7‑6 in the third.¬† I was quite determined not to get another loss today.¬† So very, very pleased.
Q.¬† Who was the little girl you hoisted up at the end?
NAOMI BROADY:¬† My niece, Lola Rose Brodie.¬† She just turned five.¬† We are very close¬† she let me give her kisses today.¬† Normally she wipes them off.¬† But I was allowed to give them today.
Q.¬† How concerned were you about the wrist injury?
NAOMI BROADY:¬† I fell twice.¬† The second time I fell, I landed heavily on my wrist and had pins and needles in my fingers throughout the tiebreak.¬† I just wanted to get it checked out and make sure it wasn't too bad.
But I don't really use my left hand.¬† I wasn't too worried.¬† I just wanted to be sure that I wasn't going to damage it further.
Q.¬† We don't know your next opponent.
NAOMI BROADY:¬† I haven't looked at the draw, so I don't know either.
Q.¬† Caroline Wozniacki or Peer.
NAOMI BROADY:¬† I don't think I've played either before.¬† They've both had amazing careers.¬† I'll have nothing to lose.¬† So hopefully I'll play well and enjoy the match.
If I play well, then who knows what can happen.
Q.¬† Can I confirm, do you get any LTA funding?
NAOMI BROADY:¬† I don't.
Q.¬† Is this actually a big win for British tennis then or not because presumably it's more about yourself than the LTA?
NAOMI BROADY:¬† Well, I'm still British.¬† It's still a win for British tennis even if I'm not funded by the LTA.¬† It's still a win for British tennis, definitely.
Q.¬† When did you stop getting funding?
NAOMI BROADY:¬† 2007.
Q.¬† How tough has that been because of that for you?
NAOMI BROADY:¬† It's been tough.¬† I don't have any money for myself.¬† You have to use all of your money back into your tennis.
But that's what I decided to do.¬† That was my decision completely.¬† Some moments you think, Oh, I wish I'd have a bit more money.¬† But then your hard work pays off and you've only got yourself to thank for it.¬† It's really satisfying.¬† So I'm really proud of myself.
Q.¬† Caroline Wozniacki will probably be your next opponent.¬† How do you see her as a player?
NAOMI BROADY:¬† I've never played Caroline.¬† I have no idea.¬† But I'm going to go watch some videos on her and speak to some people and see what I can find out.
But I guess if I was to play Caroline, we'd be on quite a big court because she's a great player.¬† It will be a great experience, so...
Q.¬† Will you go and watch the match afterwards?
NAOMI BROADY:¬† Yeah, I'll go and have a look now.¬† Actually, I might not.¬† I might watch it tomorrow.¬† I might just enjoy my win for today.
Q.¬† Back to the funding.¬† Do you think that's made you a hungrier player, made you fight harder for where you got to?
NAOMI BROADY:¬† I think that because I am paying for everything myself, I've only got myself to answer for.¬† So if I'm to make any mistakes, I've only got myself to blame really.
You definitely work as hard as you can.¬† But it also gives me more freedom.¬† I don't have any pressure.¬† I don't have to report back to anyone.
But, no, it's definitely made me hungrier.¬† If I don't win, I don't have any money.¬† That's been my situation for the past few years.¬† Makes you fight harder on court because if you don't fight and win, then you can't afford the next tournament.
Q.¬† If 2007 was the low point, today presumably being the best win of your career and high point, talk a little bit about how you felt from the low to the high and how much you feel maybe the LTA hung you out to dry a little bit?
NAOMI BROADY:¬† It quite went over my head, the whole incident.¬† It happened and I still to this day don't particularly see what was the big deal.¬† I wasn't doing drugs.¬† I wasn't paralytic drunk on the floor.¬† It was just a stupid, jokey pose that looked horrible.
It's not really disrupted my tennis other than financially.¬† With tennis, it's for you to go on court and win, and no one else is going to change that.¬† It's not because you're not funded that you can't win a match.¬† Maybe you can afford a better training facility or something.¬† But at the end of the day, if you can get on a tennis court and work harder than anybody else is working, then it's not going to affect you.
Q.¬† But today is the best win?
NAOMI BROADY:¬† Oh, definitely.¬† I just won a match at Wimbledon finally.
Q.¬† A lot has been made about where the LTA go for here, funding for up‑and‑coming players.¬† In this victory for you, if authorities would try to claim credit for that, would that detract from what you've achieved?
NAOMI BROADY:¬† I don't think they'll try and take credit for it.¬† I think it's pretty clear I've been the only person at every practice session for the past few years.¬† I've not had any coach there, not from the Federation or anywhere else.
I've had input from a few people.¬† But I'm the only one that's been there every single day.¬† I'll laugh in someone's face if they try and say it was them.
Q.¬† Your father has been coaching you; is that correct?
NAOMI BROADY:¬† He's always been‑‑ I don't really know.¬† He's not a tennis coach.¬† His background has never been tennis.¬† But he's coached myself and my brother since we were young.¬† He's quite knowledgeable about tennis, if you like, rather than a tennis coach.
He helps me when I go home.¬† So I have some sort of focus on the court as to what to work on.¬† When you're by yourself every day, you obviously can't see what you're doing.¬† That's his role really.
Q.¬† How important has he been to what you've been able to achieve?
NAOMI BROADY:¬† Massively important.¬† Yeah, I wouldn't be at the standard I was without all of his help.¬† He's sacrificed a lot himself.
Q.¬† You said all your money goes into tennis and your career.¬† How do you enjoy yourself?¬† Do you ever have many to go out with friends, buy clothes?
NAOMI BROADY:¬† I obviously spend a little bit on myself.¬† I won't sit at home and twiddle my thumbs or anything.¬† I was going to buy myself a nice handbag this year.¬† That was my thing.
But I can't drive, which is pathetic for a 24‑year‑old.¬† That's going to be my thing now.¬† I'm going to try to pay for my driving lessons.
Q.¬† What bag are you buying?
NAOMI BROADY:¬† I have no idea.¬† No idea.¬† Mullberry.¬† I have very expensive tastes.
Q.¬† Has there been any suggestion of a kiss and make up with the LTA from either side?
NAOMI BROADY:¬† I don't know.¬† I don't really think about it.¬† I feel like everybody else thinks it's such a big issue.¬† But I've not been with them since so many years now, I just sort of get along without them.
Q.¬† You're not getting the coaching, the medical treatment, the sports psychologists and everything else?
NAOMI BROADY:¬† No.
Q.¬† You have none of that at all?
NAOMI BROADY:¬† No.¬† But I have such big issues in my game, I think I'll sort out the massive things before having a sports psychologist and all the smaller issues.¬† I think I'll just deal with the many unforced errors first.
Q.¬† Have you ever been close to giving up because of the money situation?
NAOMI BROADY:¬† Well, this time last year I was lucky enough to get a wildcard into the qualifying for Wimbledon.¬† But the week before that, I was researching how to become an au pair, and I was going to go live in another country somewhere.
I was going for Paris.¬† If you can go anywhere, I was going for Paris.¬† I was looking at doing First Aid courses, language courses, to become an au pair because I couldn't afford to play tennis.
Last year I won a round through qualifying.¬† That gave me enough money for the next few tournaments.¬† Then finally my wins started coming more, first in the doubles, which paid for my singles.¬† Then I started doing better in my singles, which has now paid for that.
The difference a year can make it amazing.¬† It just shows you if you keep going, you never know when it's going to switch.
Q.¬† Are you going tournament by tournament?
NAOMI BROADY:¬† How much have I just won?
NAOMI BROADY:¬† I think I'll be all right for the next year or so living check to check.¬† I think I'll be fine now.
Q.¬† Given the absence of the LTA funding, have you had to do odd jobs?¬† Is it frustrating to think of how good you could have been if you had LTA backing?
NAOMI BROADY:¬† It's easy to say that their backing would help you a lot, but I went to Mouratoglou for a few years to practice.¬† If I had been funded by the LTA, I might have been training out of Roehampton.
For me, Mouratoglou was amazing for my tennis.¬† So I feel like everything happens for a reason and I'm in this position now maybe because of the situation that happened.¬† It forced me to go elsewhere, and that progressed my tennis.
I can't really say that it hindered it, because in some ways it made it better.
Q.¬† You say you don't really think about the LTA funding so much, but this victory must be sweeter because of this kind of past.
NAOMI BROADY:¬† I don't know if it's sweet towards the LTA.¬† It's more self‑satisfying for myself, because like I said, I'm the only person that's been on the court every single day.¬† I feel it's been me that's achieved this.
There's definitely been help from other people, but this is definitely a win for me.
Q.¬† Do you think today will finally draw a line under that?¬† Has it made you a lot more cautious about how you go about your life off court?
NAOMI BROADY:¬† Well, the whole thing happened like before Facebook really took off.¬† I'm so old now.¬† I'm the generation that didn't grow up with Facebook really.¬† It was in our late teenage years.
We've had to sort of, or I had to make that mistake for everybody else.¬†¬† Definitely more cautious of pictures that are taken, that are put up.¬† But I have quite a boring life, so I don't go out very often anyway, unfortunately.
Q.¬† Is it a blessing in disguise in many ways that you have no association with the LTA, that it's forced you to go your own way?
NAOMI BROADY:¬† Yeah, that's what I mean.¬† I believe that everything's happened for a reason.¬† If like certain situations that were completely random at the time, I ended up going in a different direction with my tennis, therefore progressed because of it.
I don't regret it even though it was obviously not ideal.
Q.¬† The au pair option, was that the first time you really considered just stopping because of the financial problems?¬† Had you thought before then of stopping?
NAOMI BROADY:¬† No.¬† When I was very young, I didn't enjoy my tennis.¬† But since I was 12, 13, I've loved it.¬† This is always what I wanted to do.
Last year when I was looking at other things to do, it was specifically because I couldn't fund my tennis.¬† It was, therefore, hindering my tennis and I wasn't getting the best out of it.
So that was really the first time I thought seriously that I was going to have to stop.¬† But because I got the wildcard into Wimbledon, qualified, managed to win a round, thankfully I didn't have to.
Q.¬† That would have been a big decision, a heavy‑hearted decision, or were you getting resigned to that?
NAOMI BROADY:¬† No, I didn't want to stop at all.¬† I play some of the British money tournaments.¬† I play some of the French money tournaments.¬† I have to sort of fit them around the national tournaments to try to fund them.¬† It's literally been to the point where I've won the tournament, gone and cashed the check, bought my ticket, flown the next day to Nigeria (laughter).¬† Not kidding.
Q.¬† Does it bother you you're called the bad girl?
NAOMI BROADY:¬† I quite like it because I'm really boring.¬† So I quite like that people are intrigued by my naughty side which doesn't exist.¬† That's great.
Q.¬† The picture.
NAOMI BROADY:¬† It was horrible.
Q.¬† It was just girls having fun?
NAOMI BROADY:¬† Yeah.
Q.¬† What do you say to people that still bring it up?
NAOMI BROADY:¬† Well, it's my own fault because I haven't done anything since then.¬† If I'd had a big win, posted another disgusting picture since, we'd have something else to talk about, but we don't.¬† It was clearly a joking picture standing like that next to a condom machine.¬† Didn't even know it was a condom machine.
Q.¬† It's really made you stronger?
NAOMI BROADY:¬† Yeah, definitely.¬† On a serious note, I did learn the lesson about social media and the Internet for a lot of other people.¬† I think it made everybody, myself definitely, aware of when you put something on the Internet, it's out there.
But I love the Internet.¬† I don't think it's a horrible place.¬† I've got one brother on holiday in Greece this week and one playing tennis in America.¬† I'm Skypeing them all the time.¬† When I travel myself, I use Skype.
I love the Internet.¬† But with pictures, things you say, have to be aware they're out there when they're out there.
Q.¬† You took a tumble in the tiebreak.¬† Did you think at one point you weren't going to go on?
NAOMI BROADY:¬† Well, before I went on court, I sort of prayed to come off court healthy and without regrets.¬† After the first set I had a lot of regrets.¬† Then I fell twice in the second set.
I got a lot of pins and needles in my hand, so I was a bit worried about what that was.¬† I think I just went down with a thud.
Yeah, she made a few mistakes in the third set which enabled me to break her.¬† I served well today.¬† So I managed to keep holding.
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