View Full Version : The french declaration of Mauresmo!!!!

Jul 5th, 2002, 07:46 PM
Because there are so many threads about what mauresmo said and what she didn't say, here's what I could find at yahoo France about mauresmo's declaration on the sisters. I posted the french text and "my" objective english translation of it! I didn't find any direct accusation of match fixing!

french text:

"Wimbledon - Déclaration

LONDRES, 4 juil (AFP) - Amélie Mauresmo (Fra/N.9, éliminée en demi-finale par Serena Williams (USA/N.2): "J'ai essayé, le résultat est sévère, mais c'est comme ça. Je ne peux rien faire. Je ne regrette rien, sinon de ne pas avoir servi un peu mieux. J'ai bien commencé, puis ça s'est déréglé, je ne sais pas pourquoi. Après son premier break, je me suis dit: 'je peux rester dans le match'. Puis, c'est devenu de plus en plus dur. J'ai tenté des trucs, essayé de rentrer dans le terrain, mais elle était au-dessus. Je n'ai pas trop ressenti la notion de plaisir. C'est très impressionnant, je suis en face et je me dis: 'il n'y a rien à faire'. Même par rapport à Capriati (battue par Mauresmo en quarts mercredi), ça n'a rien à voir. C'est un peu triste pour le tennis féminin. Les gens, au bout d'un moment, ça va peut-être les gonfler de voir les Williams en finale. Aujourd'hui, je ne peux pas rivaliser avec elles. Je vais attendre qu'elles baissent un petit peu. En attendant, je veux d'abord revenir dans le Top 5 et je vise la place de numéro 3. Je vais essayer de garder en mémoire tout ce que ça m'a apporté, pendant ce tournoi, d'aller de l'avant, vers le filet. J'ai eu une prise de conscience et c'est à moi d'ajuster ça selon les surfaces. Je peux vraiment m'appuyer là-dessus pour passer un cap."

English translation:

london, july 4th (AFP): Amelie Mauresmo ( France, #9 seed) defeated in the SF by Serena Williams (USA, #2 seed): " I tried, the score is hard but that's the way it is! I can't do anything! I don't regret anything but not having served a little bit better. I served well in the beginning but then my serve started to go down and I don't know why! After the first break, I said to myself : 'I still can stay in the match'. But then, everything got more and more difficult. I tried different things, tried to be aggressive and go forward, but she was always on top. I didn't really feel any pleasure while I was playing. It was very impressive, I was there and I was saying to myself: 'there is nothing I can do'. Even if you compare with Capriati (defeated by Mauresmo wednesday in the QF), they're two different players. it's a little bit sad for the women's tennis. People, after awhile, maybe will get tired of seeing always the Williams sisters in the finals. Today, I can't match them. I'm gonna wait for them to go down a little bit. In the mean time, I wanna first be back into the top5 and try to get to the #3 spot. I'll try to keep in mind everything this tournament brought me, and go forward, to the net. I just realized now what I have to do and it's my job to adjust my game to the surface. I think I really can use this tournament to step up"

I tried my best!

Jul 5th, 2002, 07:52 PM
joao---Sweety, How on earth could I forget your French??? My mind is going down hill fast. :) I could've just ask you right off the bat.

Thanks for the translation! Have you seen anything about a TV interview she did for french TV? That is the crux of the angst among us. The match fixing has only been referenced to the TV interview! Oh Well!

Jul 5th, 2002, 07:56 PM
Yeah .... i'll go to the FFT (french federation of tennis) site and try to see if there's any french interview ! I'll get back to you ASAP!!!

Jul 5th, 2002, 07:58 PM
:kiss: :kiss: Thanks!

Jul 5th, 2002, 08:49 PM
Could you find the whole interview? I've seen an English translation oif the whole interview, questions and answers. It would be nice to see a French one.

Jul 5th, 2002, 08:56 PM
I saw a french TV (pathé sport) yesterday
She did'nt say anything wrong or else .
Looks like the interview taped

Jul 5th, 2002, 08:57 PM
This declaration I posted is the biggest one I could find "in french"! I don't know where other people go to find them! At amelie's website there's no recent interviews and at the FFT site ( www.fft.fr) there is the same interview I posted . There's even a short audio from Amelie's post-match interview there. It's very short and only lasts 1'09'' but she doesn't say anything about the fixing issue and only talks about her performance against Serena .... and how hopeless and helpless Serena's power left her!!!

Crazy Canuck
Jul 5th, 2002, 09:12 PM
When I see it written like that, and not just quotes out of context, I fail to see what is wrong with what she said.

Good luck at number 3 Amelie.

Jul 5th, 2002, 09:22 PM
Boy its like the words the BBC quoted were never spoken. Amelie definitely has a defamation lawsuit there. The BBC quoted her as saying

"...I think they arrange it - I don't have any proof of this or inside information, but take for example the match at Roland Garros - it could have been arranged. As Serena won in Paris, maybe they'll change it and it'll be Venus' turn now."

Sure is tough when the press makes things up that makes players who are already better than you just want to beat you and embarass you that much more. Makes you wonder what they have against Amelie that they would make up those sorts of things.

Jul 5th, 2002, 09:27 PM
their is no way the bbc made this up, they themsleves would be lible to a lawsuite if amelie did not say anything. I live in england and the bbc has always been the most genuwine and an objective press and i fail to say how they would just make up all this bullshit, what would it achieve them, apart from a top10 player damaging their credibility.

Jul 5th, 2002, 10:17 PM
The thing is the players do a whole round of interviews after each match as well as a general press conference. So because you have ONE out of a possible half dozen interviews, doesn't mean she didn't say what was reported.

I very much doubt the BBc made anything up.

Jul 6th, 2002, 12:06 AM
Anyway it is quoted as being said in a French TV interview not in a english spoken interview.

The problem I have is that I can't find any one to give the tv station?? I have found another place where she was quoted but its not a french source but an australian source here's the web address


Mauresmo accuses Williams sisters of sharing spoils
By Linda Pearce
July 6 2002

The theory that results between the Williams sisters are predetermined has been given new life at Wimbledon by beaten Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo, who predicted a Venus victory in tonight's final, on the basis that Serena won their previous match at the French Open.

"I think they arrange it," Mauresmo said in an interview with French TV. "I don't have any proof, but when you see the final in Roland Garros, you can think that it could be arranged. Maybe they can exchange and it will be Venus' turn now."

Earlier, Mauresmo had told the English-speaking media that she did not plan to watch the final, the third in 10 months between Venus, the No. 1, and Serena, who will succeed her at the head of the rankings on Monday. Asked to predict the outcome, Mauresmo said: "Well, you have to ask them for that."

It is not the first suggestion of turns being taken, and the major prizes being shared between the sisters, although any such suggestions have always been angrily denied by the Williams family.

Venus has won five of the pair's eight matches, and two of the three grand slam finals, but Serena has won the past two encounters, including last month's French Open decider.



If that controversy was not enough, Serena will contest her first Wimbledon final aware that the German man arrested on Wednesday for stalking her at tournaments on three continents was released by a local magistrate on an $800 13-month good behaviour bond.

Albrecht Stromeyer, 34, of Frankfurt, appeared in the Wimbledon Magistrates Court on Thursday charged with breaching the peace and criminal damage. The prosecutor, Martin Fox, testified that Stromeyer had "a fixation" with Williams, having been detained at the Italian Open in May after also trying to get close to the American at tournaments in Berlin and Arizona.

The Williams family has a full-time bodyguard living in their rented house near the All England Club, but Serena said her on-court performance had not been affected.

"No one ever tells me anything, so I didn't find out," Serena said after her semi-final defeat of Mauresmo. "But, hey, I don't see how it could affect my game, him being arrested. I'm a strong person. I try not to let things like that affect me."

Lleyton Hewitt, meantime, was forced to sweat on another dismal weather forecast before his semi-final match against Tim Henman, scheduled to be played overnight, but turned up the psychological heat a notch by pointing out his much-hyped opponent's age and three previous Wimbledon semi-final appearances.

"How many times has he made the semi-finals here?" Hewitt asked. "This is my first time. I'm 21. I'm sure I'm going to have other chances to do well at Wimbledon. Obviously, he's probably got maybe less chances than I'm going to have in the future.

"So, in that way, I think there's a lot of pressure on him to do well. He's made the semis so many times, and everyone expects so much of him here at Wimbledon. Everyone's been asking the question: `When is he going to finally get through to the final and give himself a chance to win?' "

Hewitt was twice down a break of serve in the deciding set of his quarter-final against Sjeng Schalken, having dominated the match for almost three sets but unable to capitalise on 16 consecutive break points from the start of the third until early in the fifth.

From having four match points to close it out in straight sets, Hewitt was forced to play for almost a further two hours, by which time Henman was already resting after disposing of Andre Sa in four sets.

Hewitt had won all five of his previous matches against fourth-seeded Henman, the most recent in the Queen's Club final a fortnight ago. But the top seed said he had not spoken to Pat Rafter, the 2000-01 finalist, who is back in Australia preparing for the birth of his first child with partner Lara Feltham.

"I'm sure he doesn't want to (chat)," Hewitt said. "Here I'm in the semi-finals at Wimbledon and he could have been No. 2 seed down at the bottom there playing (Nicolas) Lapentti or (David) Nalbandian."

Nalbandian, actually. He is the first South American to reach the semi-finals in 43 years after defeating Lapentti in the quarter-finals. Nalbandian will play Xavier Malisse, the Belgian who ended the run of 1996 champion Richard Krajicek in five sets.

Nalbandian, who was disqualified from junior Wimbledon for being late for his semi-final three years ago, joked that he would sleep at the grounds this year.

Jul 6th, 2002, 12:08 AM
Thanks Joao for looking at some french sources! I was unable to find anything other than the previous article and its australian.

I don't know what to think. Its hard for me to believe papers would quote her if she didn't say it but then I can't find any "french" sources that confirm it.

Ms. Lively
Jul 6th, 2002, 12:10 AM
The quotes were taken out of context.

Jul 6th, 2002, 12:25 AM
joao, I searched the fathest reaches of my brain and remembered the two french papers my library use to get. Maybe they will have an article?

Le Figaro


Le Monde


Jul 6th, 2002, 02:27 AM
I've been watching everywhere, including those 2 journals and the only thing that comes out is "maybe people will get tired of it ... to se always the williams in the finals" ...

Nothing more! So I really don't know what to think! I'll give her the benefit of the doubt though!

Jul 6th, 2002, 04:13 AM
Originally posted by joao
I've been watching everywhere, including those 2 journals and the only thing that comes out is "maybe people will get tired of it ... to se always the williams in the finals" ...

Nothing more! So I really don't know what to think! I'll give her the benefit of the doubt though!

Ok, well if France can produce a sweety like you, I'll give her the benefit of the doubt too! :wavey: However, you know I'm going to keep an eye on her press conferences now. ;)

Jul 6th, 2002, 04:18 AM
I'm thinking the NBC commentators (Evert,McEnroe) would have used those comments as fodder if A.M. had indeed said it.

Jul 6th, 2002, 04:20 AM
So will we be seeing a mauresmo lawsuit against the BBC or not?

Jul 6th, 2002, 04:24 AM
nothing objectionable that was said in french. yes, as a williams fan, i can wish her well in her endeavour to be no 3. 3 out of three americans is definitely "boring"!