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Monica Seles considers grunting while dancing
Click below for the transcript of an interview of Monica Seles by Tennis Channel.com after her "Dancing with the Stars" debut.
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Moments after making her TV debut as a Dancing Diva, Monica Seles took five to talk to TennisChannel.com about her opening night, going from the tennis court to the ballroom, and, of course, grunting. And she brought along her coach and mixed doubles partner, Jonathan Roberts.
TC: No question. You have a huge fanbase.
MS: It's wonderful. I'm so happy. So lucky.
TC: How does it feel going from sneakers to high heels?
MS: It feels different. I'm wearing the lowest heels possible. As you guys know, I stopped playing tennis because of my foot, so I was not about to take a risk here. But it feels great. The whole experience has been so different from tennis but so much fun.
TC: On the court, whether you won or lost was pretty much up to you. How does it feel having this basically be out of your hands?
MS: It's definitely very different. In tennis you control your own destiny, and here you really don't have any control of it. And tonight I got a hard dose of it, so, you know, that's why you saw me as taking it really hard. But it was good, you know. That's why as a professional you're up to it and you try to rise up to the occasion.
TC: Makes you a champion.
TC: Now, let me give you a scenario that will never ever happen.
MS: (laughs) Yeah.
TC: Jonathan comes down with a 24 hour bug, eats some bad sushi, something. And you have to call a tennis player to fill in for him. (to Jonathan) Just for the night. You'll be fine. (he laughs) Who would you call?
MS: I really never looked at tennis players like who would have the loosest hips. Probably Brazilians. Guga would be my first choice.
TC: You caught some flack back in the day about the whole grunting thing.
TC: Now not only does everyone else do it, but they're doing studies now that show that it actually--
MS: (laughs) It works! I know. I'm ahead of my time.
JR: Maybe we need to put the grunt into the ballroom, and that will help.
MS: We'll be ahead of our time here, too.
TC: (to Jonathan) That'll be your job to choreograph that in there. End with a grunt.
JR: Well we do have mambo next week. So...
MS: That's true. We should do it. (She grunts.)