Two announcements! / June 12, 2007
It’s been an amazing couple of days. I left Paris on Sunday evening. On the aeroplane the crew were very kind, they did a presentation with champagne and they also gave us a cake.
I don’t often drink alcohol but obviously this was a special occasion. Still, I didn’t drink too much in case I got drunk before we landed in Belgrade!
There was an unbelievable celebration outside the City Hall. I think there were around 10,000 people greeting me, Novak and Jelena. It was definitely an emotional time and very enjoyable.
I want to thank everyone who came on Sunday and also to everyone who supported me at the French Open.
Seeing how much our achievements mean to the people gives me even more motivation to train hard. I’m having another day off today but I will be back on the courts on Wednesday preparing for my next tournament in Holland.
I have two announcements to make. First of all, I will be playing in the Fed Cup against the Slovak Republic after Wimbledon. It was an easy decision to make! I only missed one tie because it didn’t fit my schedule, and now that I did so well in Paris I think it’s clear I made the right decision – the girls won without me in April anyway.
I am excited because I think Jelena and I have a great chance of doing very well in the team competition. We want so much to reach the World Group.
The other thing is that I’m going to be playing less doubles. I had planned to play some tournaments with Maria Kirilenko but now I decided that I need to focus more on singles. Doubles is great fun, but it can cause problems for singles, especially when there is a rain delay, or you need extra recovery time.
The worst thing would be if I had to withdraw from the doubles competition during a Grand Slam, because I was tired and needed to rest for singles – I would feel very bad, letting down a partner like that. Actually I would play anyway out of obligation, and that would not be a good situation.
So I decided it was best not to commit to anything. Maria and I are good friends and she also thinks it’s a good decision.