Gavin Rossdale On Teaching His Boys Tennis

Gavin Rossdale has made no secret of his love for his family and his music, but he’s got another love, too: tennis. And he hopes to one day be able share it with his sons, 2 1/2-year-old Kingston and 4 1/2-month-old Zuma.

On if he’s had to cut back on his tennis playing since Zuma’s birth: “No way, I’ve got to stay good for him. Being a musician, unless you’re doing promo, your day really doesn’t start until 12 or 1 p.m. It may go on until 1 a.m., but you have the mornings. So most mornings, five or six days a week, I’m doing stuff.”

On if he has a good workout partner in wife Gwen Stefani: “We don’t work out together. It’s like you’ve got to keep the romance alive. No one wants to be sweating like a pig – that would be me. She just glows, clearly.”

On if he’s going to put a raquet in his sons’ hands one day: “Yeah, of course. Of course. As they wish, you know. As they wish. But it’d be kind of fun. I suppose you always want your kids to do something that in some way you can help them with. And I definitely can help him with that. So that would be fun. I mean, it would be so sad if he took up ice hockey because I’d be useless. What would I do? Who doesn’t want to contribute? There are a few things that I could help him with. About four or five things, and outside of that he’s on his own.”

On what those four or five things are: “Music, tennis, football – I could really help him with football. And good books, things like that. And good art. And good wine. And the right beer to drink. And good restaurants. Good bands, obviously. After that… theatre – I couldn’t help him that much. And you know what? I’d learn ice hockey. I’d figure it out.”

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