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Interview with Amelie

"A. Mauresmo Interview

Friday, June 25, 2004

Amelie Mauresmo

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Mauresmo Getting to Grips With Grass

A. Mauresmo Interview
Friday, June 25, 2004

THE MODERATOR: Questions in English, please.

Q. Watching you progress this week, you look fairly comfortable coming into the net. How comfortable do you feel doing that here?

AMELIE MAURESMO: Yeah, I feel pretty good, actually. I'm really enjoying it. It's good to come on a surface that you can finally come in easily in good conditions.

So, yeah, I'm just trying to put this game together. And so far it's going well, so...

Q. Do you feel you're making more of the right decisions about when to stay on the baseline and when to come forward?

AMELIE MAURESMO: Yeah, sometimes I can do little bit better. But, still, I think it's already, you know, it's a good level. I'm hitting on grass for more than two weeks now, so I'm feeling pretty good on this surface.

Q. You got a few days extra at Eastbourne. You arrived earlier there?

AMELIE MAURESMO: I arrived earlier, yeah, like five days before. Then I had some good matches there. So it was pretty good.

Q. There's a lot of talk about Martina Navratilova's tipped you to win it, Virginia Wade has tipped you. How aware are you of that, people like that saying, "Mauresmo has a chance to win it this year"?

AMELIE MAURESMO: Well, you just ‑ how do you say? ‑ yeah, I didn't know about that. But, again, you know, I'm feeling pretty good on the surface. I like coming in. Again, I'm really enjoying myself doing that.

So it's good for me to know that these kind of players that have won this tournament and that know how to play on grass are telling that.

Q. How do you feel? Do you feel you can do it this year?

AMELIE MAURESMO: Yeah, I feel I can do it. I felt I could do it two years ago when I was in the semis, but didn't happen. You know, you cannot say it's gonna be this time or... it's very tough to say.

I just feel that, yeah, I have some chances to go til the end. So many things can happen.

Q. Your matches so far, sometimes you appear to me like you're nervous.


Q. Like nervous, not too sure.

AMELIE MAURESMO: Of what I'm doing?

Q. Yeah, sometimes.

AMELIE MAURESMO: Yeah, I don't know (smiling). No, I feel like ‑‑ no, I don't feel that. I feel like I'm pretty sure of what I'm doing. Confident on the serve. Trying, of course, sometimes to return a little bit better.

But, no, I feel good.

Q. A lot of changes in the top rankings of female tennis have to do with injuries. Is that just accidental now at the time, or is there a common reason for it, a lot of injuries?

AMELIE MAURESMO: Well, yeah, we see a lot of injuries for couple years now. We all had our problems. But what can I say, you know? We need to play a lot of tournaments. The level of the game is, you know, stronger and stronger, and it's getting more and more difficult to win some matches.

So, yeah, sometimes it can happen that an injury make a player go down a little bit. It happened to me; it happened to other players. But what can you do?

Q. Is there a need to reduce the number of tournaments you need to play?

AMELIE MAURESMO: I don't know. You have to ‑‑ I think the main thing is probably shorten the season. I think November, like the championship is a little bit too late. Fed Cup is very late also. So probably shorten a little bit the season.

Q. Do you feel you players have enough say in that calendar, in what's happening?

AMELIE MAURESMO: We are trying. Yeah, I think so. But it's not easy. We want, on one side, more money from the tournaments. And on the other side, we want to shorten the season. So we are trying to find the right balance, which is not always easy.

Q. If this was asked already, I apologize. I just walked in. If you were in a situation such as Karolina Sprem was in a tiebreaker where you got a free point because of a mistake...

AMELIE MAURESMO: Yeah, I saw that. Well, I didn't see what happened because I wasn't watching at that time. But people, like, told me about it.

It seemed very strange that Venus didn't pay attention to that or didn't say anything, I think. I don't know. Did Sprem notice that, or...

Q. Nobody said nothing. No player said nothing.

AMELIE MAURESMO: What can you say, you know? It's very strange, yeah. Very strange.

I learned that this morning because I didn't watch the match yesterday. But I couldn't believe it, yeah, it's...

Q. Is it part of professional tennis that you would have to tell the umpire also, as an opponent, if you took advantage, or is it part of professional tennis if you accept the advantage and keep playing on? What's more professional?

AMELIE MAURESMO: I don't know. But the thing is, apparently, she wasn't ‑‑ she didn't even pay attention to that. I mean, that's what I was told so...

If you don't notice it, you can say nothing, you know? But it seems strange, yeah.

Q. It certainly was strange. As far as Venus' game and maybe Serena's also, how much less intimidating do they seem now than maybe two, three years ago?

AMELIE MAURESMO: Well, they don't win as much. Again, you are talking about two, three years ago. Serena was winning all the ‑‑ I think she won the four Grand Slams in a row, not in the same year. And then Venus> in the final each time."

This was posted on Wimbledon official site. I don`t know if you`ve seen it by now guys or not, but I`m posting it just in case.

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A. Mauresmo Interview
Tuesday, June 29, 2004

THE MODERATOR: Questions in English for Amelie.

Q. Are you beginning to fall in love with grass now?


Q. And why?

AMELIE MAURESMO: No, you know, I've been feeling pretty good a couple years ago when I came to the semis, and couldn't come last year. But again this year, you know, I have some pretty good feeling and a good sensation on this surface.

So, you know, it took me a few years to understand how to play on this surface, and now I'm starting to feel comfortable. So it's very good feeling actually.

Q. Also is your game gradually progressing? Going through the tournament, your form is getting sharper and sharper.

AMELIE MAURESMO: Yeah. I still have ‑‑ there are still a few things I'm not pretty happy about, or at least that I can improve. But, you know, overall, it's pretty difficult to adjust on this surface. So I'm pretty happy about my all game.

Q. How is your form in comparison to when you were last year?

AMELIE MAURESMO: Two years ago?

Q. Yes.

AMELIE MAURESMO: It's comparable. I think I'm serving pretty well, pretty consistent going forward, go to the net. So I'm trying to take advantage of the fact that I'm feeling comfortable to go to the net, to volley. I'm enjoying myself doing that. So pretty much the same.

Q. When Martina Navratilova said that you were her pre‑tournament favorite

AMELIE MAURESMO: I heard that.

Q. What is your reaction to that? Do you take that as a huge compliment or does it feel like a way to put more pressure on you?

AMELIE MAURESMO: No, it's a huge compliment. No question about that. Again, like I said a few days ago, to me she invented the game on this surface. So, you know, it's a compliment. There's no question about it, yeah.

Q. Everyone talks about the pressure that Tim Henman faces here with all of England riding on his shoulders. You kind of face that, too, at the French. Is that fair to say? How do you deal with it at the French? Is it more fun or less pressure to come to a place like Wimbledon where it's not so much your country on you?

AMELIE MAURESMO: So much attention, yeah. Well, actually I'm dealing a little bit better with that here because, of course, the attention is not on me. A lot of it is on Tim. Most of it is on the Williams sister, on the women's side. So it's pretty difficult, and actually I will maybe have to talk with him to see how he handles the pressure here maybe to help me at the French.

Q. It's obviously one match at a time, but do you think this time that Serena is very much more beatable than before?

AMELIE MAURESMO: Well, actually I haven't seen her play so far in the tournament. But I guess my coach has. Yeah, with the score, except maybe today, I don't know if she played a good game, but she seemed to have a little bit more trouble going through her matches.

But again, as you say, you know, it's match after match. I have a pretty tough opponent next time, so...

Q. But with Serena, you forget about 2002, put it behind you?

AMELIE MAURESMO: Oh, yeah. I think it's another story now.

Q. For you, where does most of the pressure come from? Is it from the outside or do you put most of the pressure on yourself?

AMELIE MAURESMO: I think it's from me. Yeah, I think it's from me, my expectations. Of course, when there is a lot of talk about me outside, it's also a little bit more pressure. But most of it, obviously, I think comes from me, yeah.

Q. You seem so laid back off the court. How do you explain how you are on the court in terms of maybe feeling tight and a little bit more stressed?

AMELIE MAURESMO: Well, I think we all feel some stress when you look at it, all the women players. Sometimes we have some trouble sometimes coming into a match and give hundred percent because of that. So I'm not ‑‑ I'm not the one that doesn't maybe handle it very well. I think we all have some trouble with that sometimes.

Q. Was that a lot tougher than you expected?


Q. Tougher.

AMELIE MAURESMO: No, I was expecting a tough match. I played her couple times on clay, which is obviously different. But she gave me some trouble already on clay. You know, I think seeing her play a little bit of that third set against Ruano Pascual, I had in my mind I had to go forward, take the advantage, take the opportunity of my game, of my aggressive game actually.

And I served pretty well today also, which helped me a lot.

Q. It took a while to get on top of her in that first set.

AMELIE MAURESMO: I had some occasions ‑‑

Q. Was it getting frustrating, you couldn't get a break?

AMELIE MAURESMO: I had a lot of occasions on her serve, especially in that first and second service game for her. But I didn't get into frustration. I just was patient, and I thought, you know, it's going to come, my time is going to come on her serve. So that's what I felt.

Q. How does the memory of your father inspire your tennis?

AMELIE MAURESMO: You know, it just doesn't, you know, inspire specifically my tennis. I think it's a way of life. You see things differently. Of course, you put things into perspective. Yeah, again, you see things differently, and you don't put maybe ‑‑ you put some priorities, I think. Probably enjoying what I do is now the priority when it was maybe sometimes the result and stuff.

And also enjoy life, obviously.

Q. Do you think of him when you're out there occasionally?

AMELIE MAURESMO: Not anymore ‑‑ well, sometimes. But not on the court. I'm trying to focus on the game. But could happen.

Q. Would you feel like your career is complete if you don't win a major?

AMELIE MAURESMO: Whoa. I'm not done yet (laughter). I'm not done with my career yet, so we'll maybe talk about that in a few years.

Q. I notice you had a bandage on your right leg.


Q. Is there a problem there at all?

AMELIE MAURESMO: I had some trouble in Eastbourne during that semifinal against Daniela Hantuchova. You know, was a little up and down throughout this first week, especially with some cold and rain. You know, you have to go and warm up and then stop again. So it's a little bit better now actually. It's more prevention, I would say.

Q. You're playing Suarez in the next round. Just wonder how you felt about that match?

AMELIE MAURESMO: Well, obviously she's playing well. She's in big confidence. She played the semifinal at the French Open, and coming here already into the quarters. So, you know, she's more a clay‑court type player. But obviously with the grass being a little slow here this year, she handles it very well. And I think I'm sure the doubles that she's No. 1 or No. 2, it helps her a lot, especially with the return.

So it's going to be a tough one.
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