ERAKOVIC Marina < Back  
Sport Tennis
CGA New Zealand   
Gender Women
Born 06 Mar 1988 in Split, YUG
Height1.74 m
Weight 65 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Auckland, NZL
Languages Croatian, English
Higher education Economics - Massey University Academy of Sport: Auckland, NZL
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She started playing tennis at age six.
Why this sport? She was introduced to the sport by her father and sister on a neighbourhood court.
Club / Team Barcelona, ESP
Name of coach Christian Zahalka
Coach from what year? 2010
Preferred position / style / stance / technique Double-handed backhand
Handedness Right
General Interest
Hobbies Playing guitar, reading, listening to music, watching movies, soccer. (wtatennis.com, 30 Jan 2012)
Memorable sporting achievement Walking out onto Court 1 at Wimbledon in 2008 to play in front of a full crowd. (drugfreesport.nz, 09 Sep 2010)
Most influential person in career Her dad. (drugfreesport.org.nz, 09 Sep 2010)
Hero / Idol Monica Seles. (wtatennis.com, 30 Jan 2012)
Injuries She suffered a hip injury in 2009 that caused her to withdraw from a number of major tournaments, including Wimbledon. (kia.co.nz, 09 Sep 2010)
Awards and honours Tennis Auckland Player of the Year 2012. (aucklandtennis.co.nz, 15 May 2012)

She is the only NZ woman to hold a Gram Slam title (Junior Doubles winner at US Open 2004). (marinaerakovic.co.nz, 20 Jun 2012)
Other information ANXIOUS OLYMPIC WAIT
She had a nervous wait to see whether she would be selected for the New Zealand Olympic team following debate with the NZ Olympic Committee as to whether she would meet their stringent qualifying criteria in addition to being eligible. Her Olympic selection was confirmed on 20 Jun 2012. (nzherald.co.nz, 20 Jun 2012)

DRUG FREE
She is part of Drug Free Sport New Zealand which brings together athletes who are against doping in sport. (drugfreesport.nz, 09 Sep 2010)

FROM CROATIA TO NEW ZEALAND
She moved with her family from Croatia to New Zealand when she was six years old. (marinaerakovic.co.nz, 20 Jun 2012)

TRAVEL BUDDY
She always travels with her electric guitar. "I really enjoy playing and composing when on the road during the many hours spent in hotel rooms. Music is something that helps me relax and helps me get motivated for my matches." (marinaerakovic.co.nz, 20 Jun 2012)