Bring back the Petko Dance!
Consider this the official petition to Bring Back The Petko Dance.
What am I talking about? We first witnessed tennis player Andrea Petkovic's hip-shaking celebration when she broke it out after a victory at last year's U.S. Open. It was such a sensation, fans started to learn the dance thanks to Petkovic's video blog teaching the steps to anybody who clicked. Yes, she's a tennis player who does video blogs for her fans. The Petko Dance is fun, silly and totally unexpected, which is why tennis fans everywhere love it. It's exactly the opposite of women's tennis these days, and we want more.
The 23-year old German is one of the rising stars in women's tennis. She brings not only talent on the court (ranked No. 23 and climbing), but an outgoing personality off it. She has an active Twitter account with over 12,000 followers, a Facebook page with over 9,000 fans, and posts regularly at her blog. She speaks four languages and even blogged for ESPN.com during last year's U.S. Open.
The dance emerged organically from this new personality on the women's tennis scene -- fun, fresh, spontaneous -- after her coach told her to do something special if she won her U.S. Open match. The Petko Dance (and Petkovic's fun, playful attitude) is more appreciated (and noticeable) with the Williams sisters fading into the background, as Serena deals with injuries and Venus no longer dominates.
The booty and hip-shaking celebration made another jubilant appearance Monday after Petkovic defeated top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki in the fourth round of the Sony Ericsson Open. Petkovic then calmly announced in her post-match press conference that she will retire the Petko Dance after the event. "I'll try and do it as much as I can here, because then it's gone," Petkovic said. "I'm a little sad. It was a nice phase and it was nice fun, but now I'm getting a little tired of it. Time to move on."
This cannot stand. Though Petkovic said she is looking for the next thing and will take suggestions via e-mail (and presumably via Twitter, Facebook and her blog), it will be hard to replace the Petko Dance and its spontaneous expression of glee, enthusiasm and victory mixed with attitude. Bring back the Petko Dance! We're not ready to say goodbye.