I was first interested in Mary in mid-1990 (I think) when Mary decided to represent France -I remember Nathalie Tauziat was against Mary's admission to the France team, and I hated Tauziat so took to Mary straight away! I followed her results closely over the next couple of years with interest, but because she didn't play at Wimbledon until 1995 only caught her on TV a couple of times -Filderstadt one year, and Brighton in 1993, when I think she made the Semis. Then at the end of 1994 I met my partner who had satellite TV so from then on I was able to see many more of Mary's matches, including the fantastic 1995 Australian Open. By this time she was easily my favourite player, and of course has been ever since. But at Eastbourne the following year I was lucky enough to see Mary play live for the first time, (a three-set tough first round loss to Irina Spirlea), and it was then that my feelings for her were really cemented - there's something about seeing a player live, when you get the real essence of their personality and really bond with them...I've never been the same since -really!