Garros Tennis Interviews
at Paris, France
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Q. Do you think that in the past, if you had
been in that situation today, waiting for three
hours for your match, then I mean, to go off for
another three hours, that you would not have handled
it as well as you did today?
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: I think I was already in these kind
of situations, whether it was here or at Wimbledon.
And I usually ‑‑ I'm okay with that. I usually don't
get too stressed out during the breaks or whatever.
It's been like this for a few years now, so I would,
yeah, I would say it happened last year, also,
already. So, yeah, maybe at the beginning when
you're very young you kind of don't know really what
to do and maybe get a little bit too excited between
those, in those breaks.
But now I guess I'm doing okay. Yeah, a few years
Q. As a leading French player, perhaps you'd like to
make a comment on this. We're getting very excited
about our new roof at Wimbledon. Have you ever
thought that perhaps there might have been some
plans to do something here?
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: I know they have some plans,
whether it's here on this court or somewhere else. I
don't know exactly where the plan is and how
advanced it is. But, yeah, we definitely would like
to have that, even though conditions would be very
different, I think.
Definitely would make a big change. And even at
Wimbledon I think it would ‑‑ yeah, be a big
difference, but we'll see, you know.
Is it this year or next year, right?
Q. Next year.
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Next year it's going to be able to
close. Yeah, it's going to be interesting to see the
difference it makes, and if it really ‑‑ in the
draw, throughout the two weeks, if maybe a few
Q. Which is more difficult: a rainy day at Wimbledon
or a rainy day here?
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Well, Wimbledon I have the house
about two minutes away, so... I can go back there
and it's pretty ‑‑ I'm just walking distance. Makes
it maybe little bit easier there.
Q. Apologies if this has been asked before, but what
are your thoughts about Justine? It's such a grind
out there, and yet she was No. 1 with Roland Garros
and then Wimbledon coming. Were you surprised? What
are your reflections?
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Yeah, I was definitely very
surprised when I saw that evening the press
conference that she had, yeah, kind of explaining
that she just had enough. That was basically what
she was saying, and that it was too much of a pain
sometimes to practice or be on the court to play
matches or too much stress or whatever.
So I was very surprised. It's very young to retire,
definitely. But I guess she's ‑‑ she's almost done
it all, and it's just maybe she wants to get to
something else, a different life and different ‑‑
not as stressful and, yeah, rigid, maybe, in the
program and everything.
You have to be careful to ‑‑ everything that you do,
that you eat, when you sleep. It's really 24‑hour
job, kind of. So, yeah, I guess she just had enough.
But very surprising, definitely.
Q. With all the intensity there is out there, have
you ever thought, enough, I will quit tomorrow?
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: No. To me, it was never a question
of I'm going to stop now. It's more of a process.
But last year I asked myself some questions
concerning the retirement, and whether ‑‑ it was
more of do I have the energy to keep going and keep
making these sacrifices that I was talking about.
So, yeah, these kind of questions were there and
were in my mind, and I guess the answer was that I'm
not done yet and that I want to still try to do a
few good things.
THE MODERATOR: Questions in French?
Q. How did you feel today with regards to the pain
you suffered recently?
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Well, that was rather positive
throughout the match, especially during the second
part when I tried to speed up my serve. Because
there was a shot I had the most problems with during
my preparations, so that's quite reassuring. I think
it's getting better.
Now, in the match I had ups and downs, good things
and some big mistakes, and that's also linked to
very short preparation time. But that's the kind of
match that's nice to get through, and especially
with such a third set.
So now all I have to do is hope it gets better for
my next match.
Q. Your face was sort of very closed. In your
thoughts. Were you thinking you might lose the match
at one stage?
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: No. This kind of idea never crossed
my mind. I was very focused, I wanted to be in the
match, and I wanted to live the match intensely. I'm
not moaning, but that's my way of focusing on the
Q. We have a feeling that this was a match in three
different modes for you.
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Yes. The third set was totally
different from the others, that's for sure. Now, in
the middle of the second set, after we came back
after the break because of the rain, I felt a bit
down. I probably ill‑managed my food intake.
Q. What did you think at the beginning of the third
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Well, I didn't want to give her any
points, because I had been giving her lots of points
since 2‑2. So I just wanted to be faster on my legs
and I ate a bit. I just decided I would not give her
any more points, because this is what I told you
when we met on Friday.
I said, Well, to start with, I'll try to make as few
mistakes as possible, and then I'll see.
Q. For the Serbian press, do you think you're going
to play Ivanovic or Jankovic?
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: I have not looked at the draw, so I
Q. Yes, but are you preparing yourself to play them?
Because it's not impossible you might play one or
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: No, I'm not preparing myself,
especially for that.
Q. So you're not preparing anything special?
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Well, I know them both quite well
because I've played them quite a few times, but I
really want to play one match after the other.
I'm not going to play Jankovic or Ivanovic for the
second round. At least nobody told me that, so you
have to adjust as it goes.
So I want to focus on my tennis, first on my game,
and then you have to adjust a bit depending on your
opponent. But that also requires confidence in what
you can do.
Q. Would this be a reassuring match for you because
you had very short preparation period?
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Well, it is reassuring from a
physical standpoint, because I started feeling much
better over the weekend. But I had many questions in
my mind and many doubts before the tournament
Now, I also realized that I need to improve my
serve. I have kind of a small fear somewhat, so I
have to get rid of that. I hope that with this match
I can overcome all these mental fears I have.
Q. How would you compare this tournament to the
others you played? You are in an outsider position.
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Yes, I am an outsider. So I have
less personal expectations, that's for sure. And
then, as I said, I'll see that one match at a time.
Anyway, this is always what I've done, but it's
going to be even more true.
Q. And what do you feel when you walk on the court?
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Less tension. Less pressure. On
this match this is what I felt anyway.
Q. What about your next opponent? Do you know her?
Do you know who she is? It's Suarez, Suarez Navarro.
She is 132 in the ranking.
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: No. I don't know her, but I'll ask
Pauline. Am I playing her tomorrow? I don't know. I
don't have the schedule. Is it raining again? Oh,
Q. How many more victories do you need?
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: How many? Well, that's difficult.
I'm doing everything I can to be at my best level.
As I said in English, I still want to achieve some
beautiful things. As you get older, you need to have
a good preparation. There is no secret. This is what
I try and do, even though now it's a bit difficult
at the moment from a physical standpoint.
This is a question that crossed my mind last year,
but I managed to find positive answers in terms of
Q. Instead of talking of envy or desire, let's talk
about pleasure. After all the health problems you
had, do you still have pleasure playing tennis?
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Yes. But you're right, it's
important. And when we were talking about Justine
earlier, I think this is what she no longer felt. I
think she used the words "suffering and pain," and
these are powerful words.
This is something I never felt so far in my career,
because I tried to work differently from a
psychological standpoint. I still have pleasure
playing and being on the court.
Q. Do you reckon that having a life, a different
life? You enjoy life, you enjoy good wine, and good
food? Does it add to your pleasure?
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Oh, you mean does it show? No, but
seriously, it's a bit difficult to say. I don't know
what her life is like when she's not playing tennis.
Does she have something else? I don't know.
As far as I am concerned, I have the feeling that I
do enjoy other things yet. You know, when you're a
professional tennis player you need to be careful
about your life, hygiene, but I can't be 100% in
tennis all the time every day of my life.
That's the way I am, so I do other things. I don't
have much time to do other things, but I do when I
Q. Being an outsider on this tournament, does it
mean that if you make many mistakes in a row you
won't start panicking?
AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Well, probably you're right. But
I'm always very demanding, so even if I know that
I'm not playing my best tennis right now, and it's
probably normal, I make mistakes and I miss more
balls than in the past, I'm still very demanding and
I still want to play well and be happy with my
So I have to adjust, because this preparation period
was very short this year. Even on those phases when
I was making many mistakes today, I try and hold on
and try to win.