Can I say that Julie Halard Decuigs was perfect too?
Julie had game that was all about imagination, inspiration, that swung between highs and lows, the glorious and the ordinary..
For a very very shy girl in public, Julie wore her heart on her sleeve on court, her fans lived every point with her, every diificult moment, every wonderful shot.
From being a steady, able doubles player throughout her career her last year was amazing, leaping to the top of the rankings alongside her brilliant partner Ai Sugiyama, and winning her first GS title in what proved to be her last GS match...and on her birthday too!
When she was out for 18 months with many injuries, I was just glad to see her back, I never dreamt she would come from NOWHERE to go on to beat her highest ever singles ranking (From 15, to a career high of 7)
When she won, there was that sweet, unxpected smile, that made her fans smile too! I loved her giggle!
I don't think photos ever did justice to what a naturally pretty girl she was, cuteness personified!
I loved her little expressions, the way she would shrug her shoulders after a bad point, the won-der-ful French accent...the way she and Ai were always full of smiles, win or lose.
Julie was always a bit of an eccentric on the tour, a bit unusual, a mountain climbing, artistic lady, who would practice her tennis to Beethoven or Bach...
She was a one off, an original, and, yes, was pretty much perfect.