On this episode of Straight Up With Stassi, CoCo Vandeweghe joins Stassi to talk about tennis, dating, and naps.
“Are you just, like, bragging right now?”
“I have an extra special guest right now,” Stassi begins. “She’s a sports star, and I know negative 999 about sports. I know nothing.”
“So you’re more out of your element right now than I am,” CoCo says.
“Yes, absolutely,” Stassi agrees. “But I watched you in a bunch of interviews and I’m like, ‘This bitch is the Jennifer Lawrence of tennis stars.’ Everyone, this is tennis champ CoCo Vandeweghe. You’re ranked 16th now, in the world?”
“Yes, in the whole wide world,” CoCo says.
“And you’re fuckin’ 25?” Stassi asks.
“I’m getting there slowly but surely,” CoCo answers. “I’m hitting some goals this year and I’m really stoked because I’m getting ready to go to Beijing soon. Then I go to London, and then Moscow, and the list goes on and on. It’s never-ending until November 14th, and then I’m back home and I’m a couch potato.”
“Are you just, like, bragging right now?” Stassi jokes.
“A little bit,” CoCo says.
“I would too…” Stassi says.
“As long as I’ve got good cities to name drop,” CoCo says.
“After watching all of your interviews and seeing how candid you are, you don’t seem like you’re putting on a facade whatsoever, you are just who you are, and if people don’t like it, then fuck ’em,” Stassi says. “Those are my favorite types of people, so I’m going to try to make you my friend. But also, I noticed you look like Bar Refaeli, so you’re going to be bigger than what Anna Kournikova was back in the day when I was like, four.”
“I grew up hearing the mundane answers in sports interviews, and I grew up in a sports family,” CoCo explains. “I just thought when I actually got into the sports environment and I chose to play tennis, it’s like anything. You start from the bottom and work your way up. Yeah, the mailroom kind of sucks, it’s not the glitz and glam of ‘we just went to this nice restaurant’ and everything. I was eating at Applebee’s and it kind of really sucked.”
“Okay, I still eat at Applebee’s,” Stassi says. “They have good ranch dressing.”
“I’m a fan of ranch dressing,” CoCo says.
“If I’m really feeling spoiled I’ll take a nap.”
“I want to know the day of a sports star — of a hot tennis star,” Stassi says. “So, you wake up at what time?”
“I wake up at 8:00,” CoCo answers.
“Gross, okay,” Stassi says. “And then what do you do?”
“I wake up, I make myself some breakfast which consists of three eggs, scrambled, and half of an avocado.”
“Okay, I’m not mad at that. Are you a coffee drinker?”
“Love coffee,” CoCo says. “I function on coffee.”
“So no Adderall, just coffee,” Stassi clarifies.
“Nope, can’t take Adderall, I’m on doping, so I can’t do any of those fun things. That’s the downside of being an athlete — I can watch other people have fun, but I can’t partake, except sober-living fun.”
“It’s okay, at least you get to go to Beijing and London and be a super star and be hot and win awards and stuff like that,” Stassi says. “So, after you make breakfast, you go train?”
“Yeah, I go to the gym first, and it’s either a track session or weightlifting session, and I have a snack straight afterwards. It’s fruit and some nuts. It has to stay light because I go straight into tennis.”
“But fruit is just like water. It just goes right through you,” Stassi says. “I swear to God, when I look at someone, and they’re eating an apple, I’m like, ‘Who are you?’ What was your brain thinking when you were like, ‘This is going to satisfy me’?”
“It’s more like, me driving to my tennis practice, eating an apple because I’m about to be on the court in the next 20 minutes,” CoCo says. “I can’t eat too much or it would come back up.”
“The apple would make me more hungry,” Stassi says.
“It’s more to just tide me over until lunch. I love cooking, because I’m always eating out when I’m on the road. When I’m at home, that’s when I’m domesticated for myself. I cook myself some food for lunch, like chicken and veggies, and rice if it’s a hard day. If I’m really feeling spoiled I’ll take a nap, because I live the nap life. I love it, I love naps all the time.”
“That’s interesting. I loathe them,” Stassi says. “I wake up disoriented and I don’t know where I am.”
“I do the same thing, but I survive for a longer period of time,” CoCo says.
“But see, I nap because I day-drink,” Stassi says. “You nap because you’re actually a hard worker.”
“Yin and yang, you know?” CoCo says.
“So then after you take your nap, then what do you do?” Stassi asks.
“Then I go back out onto the tennis court and play again for another two hours. Then I come back, snack, shower, eat again — maybe I go out to dinner with my friends because I’m finally at home. And then I come back and do it all over again all through the week.”