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post #1 of 50 (permalink) Old Jun 12th, 2006, 03:25 PM Thread Starter
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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.

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I agree. If Mary plays Fed Cup and gives up a GS I will not understand her motivation
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I am not really optimistic about Wimbly from what I heard saturday! But who knows, Mary and David aren't the most talkative persons in tennis, so ...

About the way French people think of her, don't mix what medias say and what people think! She's been elected favourite sportswomen by the readers of a fashion magazine in France, before Manaudou or Amélie!

When you say something like "false patriotism", I think what she's really looking for in the extra-bonus of her carrier (these past two years) is pleasure. And I think she really enjoys being with the girls of the French team. She likes being part of a team. So I am not surprized that she hopes to play Fed Cup, and will go anyway, even if she does not play, only to support the girls.

IMO, her motivations are really different now, and what she seems to really hope is play well and have fun.
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I totally agree. That was very well spoken. The French aren't even in the semis. This is just a shock to me personally, she has the game to go far at Wimbledon, remember her 2nd set against Venus. She should have won that set and Venus won the title. Her years to become number one in the world and win Wimbledon are numbered, why waste this precious opportunity? A good draw and a couple of big wins and she'd be hoisting her third major title. I fully agree with you why waste such a precious opportunity.
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I am not really optimistic about Wimbly from what I heard saturday! But who knows, Mary and David aren't the most talkative persons in tennis, so ...

About the way French people think of her, don't mix what medias say and what people think! She's been elected favourite sportswomen by the readers of a fashion magazine in France, before Manaudou or Amélie!

When you say something like "false patriotism", I think what she's really looking for in the extra-bonus of her carrier (these past two years) is pleasure. And I think she really enjoys being with the girls of the French team. She likes being part of a team. So I am not surprized that she hopes to play Fed Cup, and will go anyway, even if she does not play, only to support the girls.

IMO, her motivations are really different now, and what she seems to really hope is play well and have fun.
I can see that Mary wants to play well and have fun, but at the beginning of the year she clearly stated that she was motivated this year to become number one in the world and to win Wimbledon. This saddens me that she is wasting what I thought she said she was working so hard for.
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Mary is not wasting.

She is being very careful. She is an injury prone player, and does not want to come back too quick and then injur her self even more.

I am with Mary, she knows her self that best.

All I have to say is trust in Mary

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I can see that Mary wants to play well and have fun, but at the beginning of the year she clearly stated that she was motivated this year to become number one in the world and to win Wimbledon. This saddens me that she is wasting what I thought she said she was working so hard for.

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I can see that Mary wants to play well and have fun, but at the beginning of the year she clearly stated that she was motivated this year to become number one in the world and to win Wimbledon. This saddens me that she is wasting what I thought she said she was working so hard for.
Maybe her life changed in such a way that winning is no longer the most important thing in her life. She goes on with her project, which always was play well and have fun, but let's be realistic, if she plays Wimbly and gets hurt again, as her physical trainer told me when I saw him in Roland Garros, we would no longer see her. She would not start all these efforts to cure and come back a second time in a couple of months. So if she feels she needs to wait, and if that means we'll see her longer playing well, I think she is right!
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injuries aside, i'd rather had her play wim. forget about the fed cup. they don't deserve you :P but i admire her decision
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I totally agree. That was very well spoken. The French aren't even in the semis. This is just a shock to me personally, she has the game to go far at Wimbledon, remember her 2nd set against Venus. She should have won that set and Venus won the title. Her years to become number one in the world and win Wimbledon are numbered, why waste this precious opportunity? A good draw and a couple of big wins and she'd be hoisting her third major title. I fully agree with you why waste such a precious opportunity.
totally agree. as much as being part of the french fed cup team would be great, she has her own game to get back into at the moment and wimbledon can prepare her for serious competitive matches
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Hey,
I only wrote this with last year's fabulous quarterfinal in mind. Without a doubt she has what it takes to win Wimbledon. Venus even said she was more afraid of Mary after her semifinal win over Maria.
All this talk about be cautious and afraid of injury doesn't make sense. The likelihood of getting injured on clay is much more higher than on grass, especially since Mary hasn't played in over 3 months!
Besides, Mary has always been an elite player in my mind, and she should be fearless when it comes to competition, and relish the fact that she can contest Wimbledon at 31 and as the 9th seed. She should be confident that no one in the top ten wants her in their side of the draw (from what Lindsay said at the end of last year).
Finally, does anyone really care about Fed Cup? I mean, Mary will always be remembered for her Grand Slam finals and her Grand Slam wins. Yes, she's at the twilight of her career, but the fact that she has all reason in the world to believe that she can raise another Grand Slam trophy must let her prioritize her tournaments. The Grand Slams are what makes tennis so special. Not Fed Cup, nor Davis Cup. At the elite level, and what Mary is best known for, tennis is an individual sport.
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Hum, yeah, i was thinking here ...
Mary have 31, and if i wore she, i will choose Wimbly, because is on the grass and is the less-injury surface, and the points are very quickly (??) and of course, is a Grand Slam, and she have some points to defend there. But, thinking in another way,i think Mary will choose FED CUP for one reason: She wants to win the Fed next year, and this is a good thing coz that means she wants to play next year too. I know she like to be on the team and have fun, buti think this is just a complement.
But, i´m very sad about Wimbly, but i really don´t think that i know more than Mary and her team of doctors etc. So, lets wait and pray to Mary be 100% healthy and play the better she can !

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Stefi or Saby, you have seen Mary two days ago . So how was she mooving ?

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I didn't want Mary to play Roland Garros 'cold', without at least one warm-up event, amd now I have the same feeling about Wimbledon. No player could come straight in after a four month absence and do themselves any sort of justice at Wimbledon, despite it being on grass! Mary: take as long as you need to recover completely, and return when you're fully confident of another prolonged attack on the tour!
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You know what all Mary's fans who meet her last saturday and even at the fed cup (like me) say, Mary is happy, she is so peacefull on and out of the court, she doesn't care anymore about the ranking, tourney....she just wants to PLAY tennis. Guys she is happy, Fed cup is very impotant for her, the french team has been there for her when she was down in 2001 2002...and at that moment, Mary openned her heart and completely gave to her fans., i wish that she can play wimbly, David and her are working hard for that, maybe she will play maybe not but for now she's trying to "play tennis only play tennis" and how many players are able to make come back like she does...

You can't even imagine how Mary was happy to see her fans during her training last saturday....
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We're all worried about if she's going to play, when and where, etc. Mary knows what's right for her. Let's hope it's soon, but only when she is at 100%. I'm just getting ahead of myself because I really want her to win Wimbledon and become number one in the world, she will but I guess we'll just have to wait.
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