Amelie Mauresmo: "We are all tired"
Written by Etienne Stekelenburg Monday, 02 October 2006 (Stuttgart) Amelie Mauresmo is aiming for her third consecutive Porsche Tennis Grand Prix final. After losing the final to American Lindsay Davenport twice, the Frenchwoman seems to be eager to finally drive home that Porsche Targa 4 after winning a successful final. In 2004 Mauresmo had to retire with an injury and last year she lost 6-2, 6-4 to Davenport, who won her third Porsche. This year Lindsay Davenport is not present to keep Mauresmo from getting her first drive around the court in the newly build Porsche Arena.
“We are all looking for the end of the year”, Amelie Mauresmo responded to the question of how she was feeling. There are only a few tournaments remaining and the year ending Championship.
“I had a great year but at some points I thought I could have done better. After the championship, I could be more relaxed and there was some pressure off my shoulder. The form I had at the championships was showing the whole year so that was quite amazing and it still is.
“After the Australian Open, the European season and going to the Middle East, I felt a little tired. It is tough to stay on top the whole season the way Roger (Federer) does. He is either being in the final or winning it and that is tough.
“You want more once you have tasted the success and when you know how it is to win the big ones. If you feel that, you play well and feel you can beat anybody, than you have something that you want to keep doing. That is what I am going to try to do.”
With proposing changes to some of the tennis rules on the ATP Tour, Mauresmo feels it has good and bad sides. “From a media point of view I do understand. There is a lot of sport in the media and they want tennis to be more entertaining. They want to make sure that people are watching tennis. They want more drama or more excitement; they want to see the man having to play more matches with the Round Robin competition.
“I guess we will have to wait with it until they experienced it and turn it into a rule. Like for example what we tried with on court coaching, I am not for it. I think the basic thing about tennis is that you solve the problems by yourself on court. With tactical or mental coaching, it makes a huge difference. I think you will have to figure it out yourself what you have to do and don’t have to do. The sense of tennis itself gets changed when you allow on court coaching.
“We already tried Round Robins with the Championships and we are also trying to reduce the number of matches we play, so I guess we would have to wait with playing Round Robins as well.
“It's okay to have pre-match interviews, just to tell the audience how we are feeling. It's not a big deal to answer a couple of questions. I also think it's okay to have a microphone on court so you can hear what players say to the umpire or ask for a trainer.
“It seems that every year the level of women’s tennis is growing. It's getting better and better. Physically it's getting more and more demanding. It's getting tough to stay healthy the whole season, that is something we are struggling with. And we also, see a lot of different kind of great personalities on the women’s tour.
“I think the players of 16, 17 and 18 years old are more mature now than when I was that age on the tour. They are all working in the right direction; they know what they do and what they want. As I recall, I was not this serious and mature at that age.”