Worried about Wimbledon...
I've been reading some of the posts on Mary's french fanclub, where some fortunate Mary fans have had the occassion to meet and see Mary practice, but some of their reports haven't been all that positive about her participation at Wimbledon. It seems like she's continueing to train on clay and perhpas prepare for the upcoming Fed Cup tie against the Czech Republic (or, Nicole Vadislova).
The photos of Mary are just incredible. It seems like she's in the best shape of her life, even when compared to her 2000 RG form. She's slim, fit, and her injuries don't seem to have gotten better. The only thing that worries me is her motivation. Her goals this year was to become #1 or win Wimbledon.
I personally think that if she's fit enough to train on clay, then she should definetely be practicing on grass. It's just easier on the body, and the points played are much shorter. She has a couple of weeks to train and can be ready for Wimbledon.
On the other hand, I find it quite sad and actually stupid that she may be choosing Fed Cup over Wimbledon. the reason for this is that her false patriotism isn't necessarily reciprocated. Without a doubt she is the most accomplished French tennis player, and her performances at Roland Garros is something Amelie can only dream of. She's also the only player to have been on both Fed Cup winning teams. Yet, the French will always revere Amelie since she's been in France all her life. All one has to do is open up the French journals during RG to see where the French stand.
At 31, her priorities should be focused on Grand Slam competition, enough said. Even Amelie, who's in the form of her life and #1 in the world, let her nation and her fed cup team down a couple of years ago when she decided not to go to Russia and contest the title. This time around, if I were the coach of the Fed Cup, I would definetly choose Tatiana. She's played well before her injury, was couragous enough to give it a go at Roland Gartos, and will probably get match play during the grasscourt tournaments and Wimbledon.
I guess a lto fo this comes from frustration, knowing that with her powerful serve and strokes, and a #9 seeding which may give her a good draw, Mary would definetly be a contender for Wimbledon title.