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Tennis: Cryogenic freezing? 'Yeah, baby!' says ageless Date-Krumm

Published on May 2, 2014 5:01 PM
 
Kimiko Date-Krumm of Japan returns a shot to Donna Vekic of Croatia during the Sony Open at the Crandon Park Tennis Centre, on March 19, 2014, in Key Biscayne, Florida. Date-Krumm has no plans to quit tennis at the ripe old age of 43 but told AFP she would have to be cryogenically frozen to carry on for too much longer. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan's Kimiko Date-Krumm has no plans to quit tennis at the ripe old age of 43 but told AFP she would have to be cryogenically frozen to carry on for too much longer.

The former world No. 4 joked that going into a deep freeze like spoof spy Austin Powers and being defrosted in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics would appeal to her as she battles minor injuries in the run-up to the French Open.

"If I'd just have to sleep and then when I wake up it's like it's yesterday, that might work," she said in an interview ahead of a workout at a Tokyo gym. "I'm not getting any younger.

"I did this in Mexico, this in Malaysia and this in Korea," she adds, pointing to various minor niggles on both legs. "It gets harder with age."

 
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