Radka Leitmeritz has done her fair share of photography for top fashion editorials, but now she's pointing her lens in a new direction. For the past two years the Czech has been slowly creeping into the tennis world. Leitmeritz recently spoke to Baseline in an exclusive interview about her journey and the impacts she's hoping to make in the tennis world. 

She has shot many A-list celebrities, but she says most of her favorite photographs come from between the lines. The Los Angeles-based photographer shared her Top-5 tennis captures and explained what makes them so special. 

1


Roger Federer at the 2020 Australian Open, shot for the Racquet magazine. 

"I love shooting Roger, he's like a ballet dancer. He's just so perfect, how he plays is very photogenic. For me it's so amazing to be in the photographers pit, sometimes I'm thinking what the hell am I doing here."

2


Barbora Strycova for Racquet

"She won Wimbledon the week before in doubles and went to the semis in singles. She came back to the Czech Republic and I was so happy, I shot this for Racquet."

3


The Hearst Castle tennis court from California Stars tennis series shot for Racquet. 

"This is the Hearst Castle's tennis courts, so you can imagine Charlie Chaplin would play here and the stars from that time. This is a really iconic tennis court. This photo was also shot for Racquet. I did a series about California tennis, so I went around shooting iconic tennis spots in California."

4


Petra Kvitova for Elle Magazine Czech Republic

"This was actually the first tennis player I ever shot in Prague for ELLE magazine. This shot was from the oldest tennis club in Prague and I was looking for some creative ways to shoot tennis."

5


Letna, the oldest tennis club in Prague.

"I have done so many Vogue and Harper Baazar covers but this is one is my favorites. I shot this in winter and it became the Racquet magazine cover and I was so happy. It was my first tennis publication."