Italy’s Flavia Pennetta released an autobiography this week called Dritto al Cuore, translation: Straight to the Heart. For 211 pages, Flavia talks about everything from her early family life to her love of tennis to her love of men. At 29 years old, Flavia talks about how she has traveled the world gaining the strength to achieve her childhood dreams. Her book touches on the thrills of being a great player, playing “giants” like Venus Williams, loneliness and more.
Repubblica did an interview with Flavia, asking her about some pieces of her book. On being often described as a tomboy, Flavia said (translated): “I tried to manage on my own and this has made me a bit tough but I never did lose my femininity. I often say, is a source of pride for me is: I’m a tomboy but ‘just right.’”
On being born into a sports family, Flavia said (translated): ”I wrote in my book, only the cat in the family did not play tennis! My parents have always supported every situation, but I was never prompted to choose one way rather than another.”
The Italian article also hinted at a comment Flavia made in her book about her friendship with fellow Italian player Potito Starace. Are they together? Aren’t they together? She grinned and said “we’ve been friends for a lifetime.” Hm, ok. E ‘amore?