Re: Steffi Graf Admiration Thread Vol 2
The translation from the Têtu article, be very indulgents with my English :
Roland Garros, Serena, Schiavone: Steffi Graf said everything to TÊTU (the magazine's name)
By Blueberry Rambion Saturday, May 21, 2011, at 11:15 | 2342 views
In the Vegas GIRLS LOCKER ROOM there are not only slot machines and Playboy bunnies. There is also Steffi Graf. Têtu braved the heat till Nevada to meet the champion on the eve of Roland Garros.
Note to ...well, the under 25 years old : Steffi Graf had the most beautiful legs on tour. Note for those over 25 : Steffi Graf still has, at nearly 42, the most beautiful legs on tour. Although she is retired. Fearlessly Têtu went there to investigate and to see it with its own eyes, on the eve of Roland Garros, in Las Vegas, the city where her husband, Andre Agassi, was born and raised and where she has put her suitcases, nearly 12 years ago. To see her and ask her some questions, still. And to be able to confirm that, her blue eyes haven't lost their intensity either.
Paris and the paparazzi
This year, Stefanie Graf, as apparently we now have to call her by her real name, it is more "woman", but quite frankly, the real truth is, she absolutely, royally, doesn't care, will let Dede (=André) go alone to Paris to play a little match against Jim Courier, while she will be in Halle, Germany, to play an exhibition.
But next year, promised, she will come back to this city and this tournament which has left her so many great memories (six titles), the most beautiful in 1999, after a terrific final against Martina Hingis. Surprising actually what the former world No. 1, for 377 weeks (record), said spontaneously about the French Open,
Not about the game : "From the perspective of the surface is a bit harder than anywhere else because everything depends on the weather: if it is wet and cold or sunny and dry, it gives two different surfaces, slow or fast. Physically, it is also a surface more tiring, difficult, than the others. ". No, not about the game, what she remembers the most about Paris, where she has always loved walking around and the museums is : "The city is great," confide the one known for her shyness, "but it is more complicated with the paparazzi (in Paris). It is more difficult to have a walk there, than anywhere else".
Serena, Kim and Francesca's fan
So no need to beat around the bush: Steffi, Stefanie, there is no real dominance in women's tennis nowadays (translation: are we not all bored about it?), right? What do you think ? "I really think Serena would dominate if she hadn't had all these health problems", she assures without any hesitation. "But she has so much trouble to play for a while, dominates, then takes a break ... but clearly, without injuries, to me she'll be clearly dominating". And you, as the best of the best, even if you confess now that your 22 Grand Slam titles is not impossible to achieve : "This is not something that I think a lot, but the players are becoming stronger, technology advances, so I do not see why it would not be possible to do it again. ", who are the players, apart from Serena, you've been most impressed by in recent years?
"There are many, and for different reasons", said Steffi Graf. "Watch Kim Clijsters who had a child and took time away from tennis and then decided to come back and won Slams. Very impressive! Or watch a girl like Francesca Schiavone who won Roland Garros last year ... There are beautiful stories. It's pretty open right now in women's tennis, and it is both fun and interesting to see what happens. "
A "Petkodance" for Steffi?
And if the one to watch for the next few days in Paris, and for the next few weeks elsewhere, was one of our favourites, a German, Andrea Petkovic? "Yes (smiling), I had the opportunity to play with her in March. She is very, very nice". Beyond that, what the last woman to successfully complete the Grand Slam, appreciated about her compatriot is that "she is extremely athletic and works hard. And we can see how much she's having fun, how passionate she is and how determined she is. I love this kind of players. I really think we will hear a lot about her, it's just the beginning". Unfortunately, Steffi did not know about the" Petkodance" she discovered it while Andrea Petkovic already left Las Vegas. Now she knows about it and why not celebrate, finally, another German victory in a Grand Slam. So we hope too.
Photo Steffi Graf / Andre Agassi: Longines.
Last edited by djul14; May 22nd, 2011 at 08:17 PM.