The inevitable Fed Cup questions are asked. I think she answered them pretty well and hopefully there won't be anymore.
Press Conference with Jennifer Capriati Berlin, 8. May 2002
Jennifer Capriati - Meilen Tu 6:4, 6:3
Question (Q): Were the straight sets a good workout for you?
Capriati: She played really well. I had to play well. We had some good points. So, it was a good workout for me.
Q: Was it a lot hotter today?
Capriati: It wasn't so hot.
Q: It didn't speed up the court?
Capriati: Oh, yes, compared to yesterday, the doubles, it was quicker.
Q: Would you like it to get hotter and quicker as the week goes on?
Capriati: The way it was today, I liked the conditions. I expect the ball to be kind of heavier and slower.
Q: Have you been told that if you are in the tournament and beat the right people you could become the No. 1? Is that on your mind?
Capriati:No, not at all. I mean, it is important, but I'm not checking on the points. I don't even know how far she's ahead.
Q: Is the No. 1 spot not part of contracts?
Capriati: Sure, but I already covered that.
Q: Do you approach your European season differently because you already won a Grand Slam title?
Capriati: No, it's all starting new. I'm coming back and I'm fresh again. I don't think about last year because I don't want to get
myself in trouble, but just play well.
F: The French Open is arguably the most difficult tournament. Isn't it that you want to play enough matches to get good preparation, but that you easily could play too much?
Capriati: You definitely have to balance it right not peak to soon. I don't play too much. How I've been doing it is a good rhythm for me.
Q: Have you been able to reflect on what happened at the Fed Cup?
Capriati: I didn't think about it. It's in the past already. It definitely died down . I want to concentrate on my singles.
Q: did it at that time affect your confidence?
Capriati: No, not at all. I think you just have to put things into perspective. I don't believe I was in the wrong. I just felt sorry
for the people who had payed to see the top players.. But it's silly to get upset.
Q: Have you talked to Billie since then?
Capriati: I want to drop it. I don't want to talk about it.
Q: Do want to play back on the Fed Cup team?
Capriati: I can't say yes or no at the moment.
Q: did it change your commitment for the Fed Cup team?
Capriati: I haven't thought about it.
Q: So, when it's time to think about it would you play?
Capriati: We're not in the group anymore. I will have to look at my schedule then and my commitments and obviously who is the captain.
Q: Do you plan to play under Billie again?
Capriati: I believe there is always a way to work things out, but from right now, it would be tough.
Q: How important is it for you that your father is on the Tour with you?
Capriati: He's my coach. It is very imprtant for the game and for support. You need somebody on the road with you whom you can trust and who is definitely on your side.
May 8th, 2002, 08:05 PM
eep. they just didn't lay off did they??
Thanks for the interview. Looks as if jen's plan is to side step all that, good for her.I hope it doesn't affect her concentration.
May 8th, 2002, 08:20 PM
God, if she had told them to fuck off I wouldn't have blamed her. I mean, it's not like she wanetd to even talk about it, let alone get grilled about it.
May 8th, 2002, 08:52 PM
She didn't say "you know" !!!!!
Congratulations!!!! What a great progress!!
May 8th, 2002, 10:58 PM
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May 9th, 2002, 11:47 PM
Well said. Thanx for the interview!! :wavey:
May 9th, 2002, 11:50 PM
See this is where the media gets on my nerves. She told the guy firmly that she didnt want to talk about it, yet question after question kept focusing on fedcup! She should have just not answered and said something like next question please.
May 10th, 2002, 12:38 AM
This is a first...and hopefully not a last, but I am agreeing with cybelledarkholmexx on something. :wavey:
Question (Q): Do you like to get matches off as quick as that or would you have liked to have a bit more match practice?
Capriati: I like to get quick matches. I haven't had many of those lately. It was quick today, but I got to play tennis and I know that I will be playing a lot more, so it's good.
Q: It was quite breezy out there. Did you feel you were hitting the ball well despite that?
Capriati: It wasn't that bad out there. I felt good and comfortable on the clay. I feel it's all coming together now. I was working very hard before I came here and today I had the feeling everything clicked in.
Q: Of your closes rivals who do you think is the most dangerous. Serena hits the ball hard, but has a high amount of errors. Who do you think is the most dangerous for you?
Capriati: I think I am doing well. Against Martina, my record is O.K.. I think I'll have to do a lot of running against her, but that doesn't bother me. It's hard to say, because there are so many good players now. Serena: I've been playing a lot lately. The last few matches I haven't been able to overcome her, but it ws different before. She is a very difficult player, because she can come up with great shot. That's what makes her so unpredictable. Monica is also tough for me, because she's so good off the ground. Her pace is tough to handle.
Q: Is she still a title contender?
Capriati: I think yes. If she's gotten in better shape. Nowadays you really need to move well and have more variety.
Q: On clay, how many are capable of winning titles?
Capriati: I think there is more chances than on hard court., On hard court you have the power hitter and it's difficult to get by them. On clay, Mauresmo, Clijsters, henin, all have the potential.
Q: So, it would be as many as 7 or 8?
Q: From the promotional point of view this is as best as it ever was.
Capriati: Yes. Roland Garros is coming up and it's going to be really interesting.
Q: How much more mature are you than 15 months ago, in tennis terms?
Capriati: I think I was alrady mature then. It's just a matter of haveing more expereince, of being in finals of Grand Slams, before I wasn't accustomed to that. I expect myself to do well. I know like going into Roland Garros, I want to be there for two weeks. Before, I wasn't mature enough to think that far ahead.
Q: Which is why you like winning these matches 6:2, 6:0 I guess?
Q: I had the feeling the spectators love you on the court?
Capriati: It's nice to be loved. I've always had good support here. Probably that's why I play well here.
Go Jennifer :bounce: :bounce: Thrash Sandrine as well
May 10th, 2002, 06:02 AM
I like how Jenny gives props to the other top players. She's honest.
Question (Q): It must be great to be able to play as well as that?
Capriati: Yes, I played consistently thoughout the whole match. It even feels better because the last two times I lost against her. So, it was like a little revenge for me.
Q: What are you satisfied with of your performance?
Capriati: That I moved really well; I was able to play aggressively the whole match and that I was able to close it out. She started to come back, but then I served really well in the last game.
Q: She also was pretty aggressive. Does it suit yoiu to have somebody come at you like that?
Capriati: I she's on, she's definitely difficult to play. I played like that. She started to go for it in the third. She made me earn
Q: Would it have been better to win the match in straight sets or is it better to have long matches in view of the preparation for the French Open?
Capriati: I think that there is still plenty of time to have close matches before the French. I am definitely getting enough long matches and would rather have liked to have a shorter match.
Q: A lot of players would have given up the match at 4:0?
Capriati: I tried to break her mentally in the second set. I knew that it would have been very bad for me to go into the 3rd set with 0:6.
Q: She has got a very good backhand. Were you trying to play on the forehand?
Capriati: Yes, she has a better backhand. So, I tried to keep it away from that. It is important to move around and difficult to hit down the line on her backhand all the time. I was able to move the ball around, was patient when I had to be.
Q: What part of your game were you not so happy with?
Capriati: I was pretty happy with everything.
Q: Compared to last year at this tournament you didn't seem so comfortable on clay as this year.
Capriati: I guess last year I wasn't that comfortable as I won the French (laughs). At this tournament, I think I have more experience and my confidence is bigger than last year. Last year I didn't know how I was going to do on clay.
Q: You might play Henin...
Capriati: She has to win first. If I play her, it's going to be another match. I think I play better than last year. Maybe if she does not play as well as last year ... But you can never underestimate any player. I think I was ahead last year, then she came back; so I've got to be ready.
Q: Are you likely to have the Wimbledon match on your mind?
Capriati: I haven't even thought about it. That is totally different.
Q: Did you have the Munich match on your mind today?
Capriati: That was different. i was really sick then, it was the end of the year and I was kind of really tired by then. Now, I feel different.
Q: Does Sandrine have the game that is capable of challenging the big titles, or is she not consistent enough?
Capriati: She does well, but mentally there is a lot. In a Grand Slam you have to play consistently for seven matches and I don't know whether she has the mental ability for it, but she has the game.
Q: You won the French and the Australian Open.
Capriati: Yes, I want to do it again.
Q:Does it take pressure off you that you have done it?
Capriati: Yes. I don't know what people expect. It's going to be tough to win a second Grand Slam back to back. In know there are so many good players out there.
Jennifer We know u can do it :bounce: :bounce:
May 11th, 2002, 08:21 AM
Vielen danke for the interview Zhao:)
PS-Bad pic of Jen though, she doesn't look happy.
May 11th, 2002, 08:30 AM
thanks for the interviews.
She looks like a wax work in the last pic ;)
May 11th, 2002, 08:38 AM
Gracious words from Jennifer and insightful remarks on Sandrine...
I'm encouraged by her comments regarding the level of play in today's match both for her and Sandrine. I hope they both kick ass at the French. ;)
Why must God play such a joke on me everytime??same opponent..same set... :sad: :sad:
Question (Q): You seemed to be making good progress until the rain break. It was like a different match.
Capriati: The conditions changed and she had time to talk to her coach and changed her strategy. It's not that I played bad. I think that she really played well. I made a lot of errors then. If she can play like that all the time, she should definitely be ranked higher than she is.
Q: What do you think is the best to do to stop this stream of groundstrokes coming at you? Mix it up?
Capriati: I tried to mix it up, but the conditions got really heavy out there. Maybe I could have become more aggressive, come in more.
Q: Did you stiffen up at all, did you come back cold?
Capriati: Obviously the condition changed. You said it was like a different match, but it seemed like a different day. I think it
favoured her. I was on a real role before the delay.
Q: Was it hard to win the first set? You played all the time on the backhand, which is her most famous stroke.
Capriati: I won the set. Her forehand is good. When she's on, she plays well from both sides, but she can also make mistakes on both sides. So, I think it doesn't matter.
Q: How much of a set-back is that for you? Obviously your goal is the French Open, but how much does this affect you?
Capriati: It doesn't really affect me. Last year, I lost first round in Rome. It's a different match, a new tournament. A Grand Slam is much more pressure. It would be interesting to see this match in a Grand Slam. Now, I can go and have a rest.
Q: Is the doubles a help or a hindrance?
Capriati: somethimes it can be a help, but in the clay court season it's not a good idea. The matches are long. It was O.K. this time, but I probably think about it for next time.
Q: Did you give up in the thrid set after 1:5? Were you disappointed?
Capriati: It was little frustrating, because I was playing well. She was getting the lines, the let calls. But everyone knows that I never give up.
Ok we shall be sporting....Let's cheer Jennifer to the Rome title next week:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
May 11th, 2002, 07:42 PM
Shame about the match. Poor Jen Jen.:sad:
Btw, she looks like she's just sucked on a lemon in that last photo.
May 11th, 2002, 07:53 PM
or something else :eek:
May 11th, 2002, 08:03 PM
Okay, just don't even go there matey!:p
May 11th, 2002, 08:14 PM
May 12th, 2002, 11:37 AM
jen's last sentence says everything...
let's cheer fer her in roma
I wouldn't worry too much about Jennifer's loss to Justine. Justine played a great match and Jen had to be tired. The week off between Rome and Paris will do her a world of good and will be all Jennifer needs to refuel. :)
:wavey: Insanity, I decided to cut back on my habit a wee bit. ;)
May 14th, 2002, 07:30 AM
Insanity you bad boy! :fiery:
May 14th, 2002, 05:31 PM
that's the sentence, VBN!
May 15th, 2002, 10:01 PM
Of course she never gives up! :D The Oz final.... ;)
May 16th, 2002, 10:11 PM
TAKE THE TROPHY, JEN!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: