From Eurosport: interview with Guy Forget
Forget: "One must gain"
Even if Spain constitutes a frightening adversary, especially at residence and a fortiori on beaten ground, the tricolour captain considers his players able to pass the Iberian obstacle, if they evolve/move on their best level. Explanations.
LESSONS OF THE FIRST TURN
QUESTION: Did Guy, in the light of the first victorious turn against Colombia, the team of France, according to you, cross a course?
GUY FORGET: "In a certain direction, yes. Each one starts with well finding its place in the group. The girls are, since some meetings, able to produce a tennis which is good as a whole. An additional course will be crossed when one disputes a new final phase with the advisability of beating large teams."
Q: "Until the year spent a little too much, you found your team" wise ". She dominated the teams of her level but did not manage to impose itself vis-a-vis to the nations supposed stronger. Can that change this year?"
G.F.: "One is there for that. One played Colombia, now one faces Spain. Spain is strong, but does not form part of the very best teams. It is a meeting which one must gain. Then, if one passes, it will be necessary to be transcended to beat teams like Belgium or the United States which is, they, still a notch above."
Q: "Which lessons you did retain of this first turn?"
G.F.: "Amélie (Mauresmo) crossed a psychological course. It is much more constant. For its part, Nathalie (Dechy) did much progress in double, which makes our pair stronger. Young people, they, progressed well into simple. But most important, it is to want to come and want all to give."
Q: Do you have recent news of Amélie Mauresmo?
G.F.: "I have news which is rather good."
Q: Do you fear that its failure vis-a-vis in Serena Williams in Roland-Garros, then its fixed price in Wimbledon, are prejudicial for him for this meeting?
G.F.: "I do not believe that his defeat in Roland-Garros either so serious that that. Serena Williams showed that it is the largest player of the world. And this day, Amélie was inclined vis-a-vis in Serena which took it speed. But for me, it at all dramatic and that is not formed part of its training."
"All that I know, it is that the rest taken thereafter will enable him to face the Spanish ones with much desire."
Q: Nathalie Dechy does not cease progressing and seems from now on more capable to assist Amélie Mauresmo in her role of leader. Is this your feeling?
G.F.: "They get along well, and there is a serenity within this group which gives pleasure to see. Our adversaries see in our team Amélie Mauresmo which forms part of the six best players of the world and an increasingly regular Nathalie Dechy on the most level. To beat it, should be carried out the perfect match. It is a positive point for us."
Q: Can you comment on the arrival of Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro within the group?
G.F.: "Stéphanie progresses month in month. Today, it deserves its selection. Since the beginning of the year, it is present among eighty the better world ones. It practises a very beautiful play, complete. I like its attitude much. It is a girl who brawls on the ground. It has features of character which I seek."
"Its arrival in the group will enable me to make fuller knowledge with it. I thus have of four complementary players, talent and especially character. As with the boys out of Davis Cut, I have the chance to have a group of very competitive girls."
Q: The good results of Mary did Pierce in Wimbledon pose you problems to establish your selection?
G.F.: Mary carried out much progress since Roland-Garros. In one month, it will be even stronger. But the beaten ground request much for mobility and I think that it is still perfectible in this field. It will be held ready if I call upon it.
Q: Carries it France club is not closed to him?
G.F.: Not, at all, quite to the contrary.
The SPANISH TEAM
Q: What do you think of the team of Spain?
G.F.: "They are true beaten ground players. Virginia Ruano Pascual is one of the best players of double in the world. It also plays very well into simple. Moreover, with Magui Serna and Cristina Torrens-Valero, Spain rests on championnes of talent which will not return the easy task to us."
"These players of experiment are certainly less strong than the Belgians or the American ones, but, at them, they are very difficult to beat. We will have to practise an offensive tennis if one wants to pass.
Q: Which will be the key of the meeting?
G.F.: Determination. It will have to be shown them that if one plays well, one is above, and that one is able to practise a tennis of very high level. Their to make feel that Amélie and Nathalie can impose their style of play and beat them with the regular one. The attitude on the ground will be essential.
Q: In is your eyes, which the favourite of the meeting?
G.F.: On paper, we are it. But knowing that one evolves/moves outside, it is balanced. It is of the 50-50, even if of the bottom of me, I think that one is stronger.
Q: "How you chose Biarritz like place of training course?"
G.F.: It is that one does not play very far from Biarritz. The climatic conditions in the Basque Country are rather pleasant. There is a club which accomodates us. And I know that Amélie goes often over there. As for me, I have a house there thus I do not spend badly time there. One thus will find oneself there before rejoining Oviedo in the car. The training course will consist of a work of adaptation to the ground beaten to find the rounder slips, trajectories, the breath by making joggings or exchanges a little longer on the court "