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What I Like: Andrew Walker, WTA chief marketing officer

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PROFESSIONAL


What I Like …

An insight: Relationships are critical to success. (You can never have enough business friends!)

An influential person in my career: Larry Scott.

An out-of-the-box idea: An idea doesn’t need to be “out of the box” to be great.

A timeless idea: It’s all about the money.

A business deal: Island of Manhattan for $24 of beads.

A sports facility: Beijing Olympic Park National Tennis Center.

ANDREW WALKER
Chief marketing officer,
WTA

Where I'm From: Grew up on Upper West Side of Manhattan. Now reside in Notting Hill, London.

Where I Went to School: Stanford University (B.A., 1993); NYU Law School (J.D., 1997).

My First Job:
First intern ever at Tennis Week Magazine.
A sports event: U.S. Open tennis.

A strategy: Be more prepared and work harder than everyone around you.

A hire: “Doers,” not “talkers.”

A trend: Mobile consumption.

An innovation: Cameras in tennis balls.

A pro league or team business initiative: Liberal athlete social media policies to drive share of voice.

A story that bears watching: Instability in global financial systems; also anything related to Paris Hilton.

A brand: Red Bull.

An invention I wish I had thought of: The Clapper, along with Chia Pet and the Fish Tie, and that knife that can cut through tomatoes and stainless steel.

A fantasy job: Commissioner of professional tennis.


What I Like About …

My job: Marketing the best female athletes on the planet.

Sports: Always unpredictable and usually fun.

Sports business: So much opportunity to innovate and create.

Sports media: Hard working and underappreciated.

Sports technology: Ability to enhance the fan experience.

Competing: Brings out your true character, and helps fight obesity.

The future of sports business: Convergence with entertainment.

Sports fans: Irresistibly optimistic, and strange liking for overprocessed, cheap meat products.


What I Would Like To …

Change: Earth’s temperature — slightly cooler so we aren’t all living underwater.

Change in what I do: Improve distance on Aerobie throw.

See: A talking platypus slapping a stuffed hedgehog with a steaming sack of hot nickels.

See more of in sports: Bitter rivalries.

See more of in sports business: Sales and marketing collaboration within and across sports.

See less of in sports: Canned interviews.

See less of in sports business: Splitting the difference.

See different: Less email, more old-fashioned talking.


What I Don’t Like ...

In general: Successful ventriloquists and their “dolls.”
 
Pet peeve: Broadway show tune whistlers.

About sports fans: Megaphone voices.


PERSONAL

What I Like …

That would surprise those who know me: Yes, I do love rosé wine, even out of season.

Above all else: Gold.

About myself: My own jokes.

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Hero: John McEnroe.

Team: New York Knicks.

Cities: New York City and London.

Possessions: Family photos, and gold.

Mementoes: Anything that someone in my family has made I hoard.

Music: French rap.

Books: Someone reading this column, please send me a good book as I stopped reading years ago.

Magazine: The New Yorker.

Gadget: Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc.

Chore: Washing dishes.

Hobby: Drying dishes.

Trips: Anywhere in Lithuania, and anywhere in California.

Movie: “The 400 Blows.”

TV: “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

Concerts: U2.

Artist: Richard Serra.

Food: Toro.

Dessert: Molten lava cake (never out of style).

Drink: Double espresso, thrice daily.

Vacation spots: Mayan Riviera and Big Sur.

Car: Porsche 911. There is no substitute.

Singer: MC Solaar.

Quote: “The very purpose of our life is to seek happiness” — Dalai Lama. Words to live by!
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