Amélie Mauresmo, stronger mentally than the other years
May 19, 6:01 PM
Port-marly, Yvelines (AP) - Slackened, justified and generous. Amélie Mauresmo , number 1 of French tennis, drove out any useless pressure Wednesday at the time of what was her last meeting with the press before the tournament of Roland-Garros of which she will be the large favorite one as from Monday.
Number 3 world, better tricolour chance in these International of France 2004, took part in one day caritative with Port-Marly (Yvelines).
"For the moment, that goes", she entrusted. "In any event, they are not a few days only before Roland-Garros that one puts oneself to think of it. As soon as one puts the foot on beaten ground, at the end of March, one has this objective at the head there ". And the player of asséner: "No matter what I make, the pressure will be on me, therefore to gain as much!"
The Frenchwoman explained not to feel pressure higher than that of the seasons spent, in spite of her recent brilliances results (victories with the tournaments of Berlin and Rome, two greater appointments on ground beaten before Roland-Garros) and the blur who surrounds the state of the shape of his principal adversaries, the Belgian Justine Henin - Hardenne and the Williams sisters, Venus and Serena.
"I do not deal too much with the other players. There is each one our small concern, and then I have reference marks compared to certain players whom I already beat ", she explains.
"Today, there are four or five players who are all in top and which is dangerous. But I am not afraid of anybody ", she acknowledged while smiling, before entrusting that "over the three last weeks, (her) level tennistic is higher than the last year".
Especially, Amélie Mauresmo enormously seems to have worked on the mental level and the glanées victories these two last weeks came to reinforce her confidence.
"I try to benefit a little from the two weeks that I have just passed. I digest them quietly. They gave me much confidence in the field of the play, the physique and with the mental age. I proved myself that I was well, that I managed to manage any situation: I progressed in the head ", she recognized.
A confidence which makes her approach the second tournament of the Grand Slam of the season in a different way compared to the previous years. "A each failure, I analyze what occurred, at which time that did not go and why", she explains. "I accumulate experience. One will see well what will occur this year. In Australia also I had a splendid occasion, but I was wounded ", she regretted.
Wounds with repetition which often prevented Amélie Mauresmo from higher aiming in the past, but which today does not seem any more topicality.
"After my victory over Capriati in Rome, I recovered well. I prepared well as well on the level of the recovery and as of the prevention, therefore I do not have any apprehension on top ".
Amélie Mauresmo took part Wednesday in one day caritative with the profit of the foundation Little Dreams (of which it is the godmother for tennis) and of the Institute Curie.
The purpose of Little Dream was founded in 2001 by the singer Phil Collins and his wife, and is to carry out the dream of old children from 4 to 16 years which have a gift in the artistic or sporting fields. For the first time, Amélie Mauresmo also lent its notoriety to the Institute Curie, which has fought for more than 80 years against cancer.
For the French player, "it is easy for high level sportsmen to help like that because that does not require much time. And then, through this day and the other events of this type, people of these organizations give me their confidence. That also, it is significant ". AP