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May 6th, 2006, 11:13 PM
No More Nerves
No More Upsets
No More Excuses



May 15th, 2006, 10:59 PM
You've been watching the Eurosport ad for Roland Garros haven't you?!! :p 'Some destinys, are harder to reach....' (picture of Amélie...) ;)

Or was it the inspiration of this month's French 'Tennis' magazine?!! :p ;)


Great thread title mauresmofan! :yeah:

:bounce: Allez Amélie!! Bonne Chance!! :bounce:

May 16th, 2006, 11:28 AM
You've been watching the Eurosport ad for Roland Garros haven't you?!! :p 'Some destinys, are harder to reach....' (picture of Amélie...) ;)

Oh you caught me - the truth is out I get all my ideas from Eurosport! :p

May 16th, 2006, 02:49 PM
Oh you caught me - the truth is out I get all my ideas from Eurosport! :p



May 17th, 2006, 11:47 AM
Good catch Lapin, sorry I couldn't good rep you because i have to spread the love around before i give it back to you lol.....

Let go Ame Allez.......

May 21st, 2006, 12:45 AM
The Roland Garros Magazine cover:


Allez!! :yeah:

May 22nd, 2006, 07:43 PM
A little blurb from the RG website :):

Mauresmo on the mend
At a press conference to present the outfit she’ll be sporting at the French Open, Amélie Mauresmo sought to reassure her supporters. The world no. 1 is feeling fine and her angina is nothing more than a nasty memory. “I’m disappointed that I was unable to defend my title in Rome, but I feel good now. I’m going to train all week at Roland-Garros,” revealed the player who will be the top seed at the tournament.

We want photos, darnit! :mad: ;)

May 22nd, 2006, 09:32 PM
One small one ;)


And one practicing:


And an article from L'Equipe via Yahoo (google-ized :p)


Roland Garros - Amelie Mauresmo - in Major Mode

“I go up in power”

The fever went up during one hour. Decreased by an angina and constraint with the fixed price in Rome last week, Amélie Mauresmo ( appeared in form to present its new line of clothing in front of a floor of journalists, gathered Monday in Boulogne. If the tendency of the behaviour is with orange, the form is with the green. “I go up gradually in power. I was sick all the week spent, it was a little difficult because I could not defend my title in Rome, explains number 1 world. But we took again the drive and I will be all the week with Roland-Garros to involve me under the conditions of the tournament.

Very slackened, it lent itself to a small procession out of white skirt and body orange flashy. But the fashion proves to be minor vis-a-vis the event. For the first time in the history of International of France, a tricolour player will wear the number of number 1 world. Some glosent already on the pressure inherent in this row. Beyond this commonplace, this statute could produce the contrary effect well. For its twelfth participation in the tournament, Amélie Mauresmo ( knew all, very heard and very lived. And today, it very proved. Number 1 world, victorious of a Large Slam, an EDF Cup, Masters… Who says better? Not large-world. Then the small music of the weight of the event becomes almost a refrain. Like a popular song, you do not taste the words inevitably, but you finish by you adapting it. “As I repeat it since my victory in Australia, I have the impression to have buckled the loop, to have achieved all my objectives, to have one of the most beautiful prize lists of French tennis and it is a great pride, pleads the Frenchwoman. Roland-Garros or Wimbledon, it is a little no-claims bonus. I am very motivated and I am in a hurry really to be able to play this tournament as a n°1, but I also think that it is no-claims bonus and one will see.

The unknown factor is under its physical condition and its six matches on beaten ground. Is it with court of preparation and reference mark on surface? Usually, it arrives haloed its titles to Rome or Berlin, of its small package of victories on beaten ground. This year, a reduced program, a severe defeat counters Justine Henin-Hardenne ( (6-1, 6-2) in Germany and an angina upsets gives it. “When I decided to give up in Rome, I said myself: it is a pity for the preparation, etc And at the same time, I said myself the previous years, I gained the tournament of Rome or fact final, I played well in Berlin and then that did not smile me more than that to Roland-Garros. Finally, it is a different preparation and it will be interesting to see what that gives”, explains the head of series n°1 which acknowledged to appreciate the rational one. However its “casaque” news leaves the place to empiricism. And the recent experiment invites to pragmatism…


The victory of Martina Hingis in Rome does not have really surprised Amélie Mauresmo ( “One felt it since his return. Since the beginning of the season, it is very close, initially to beat the best - than it made since that it beat Sharapova. I find that it plays better than when it stopped three years ago. It really evolved/moved on the physical level because it sinned on this level a few years ago. It is felt more sharpened, more resistant and more opportunist. One spoke about it with Loïc (Courteau) and he said to me very early in the tournament perhaps that it would go to the end.

May 22nd, 2006, 10:57 PM
:bounce: ALLEZ MOMO : DREAM BIG !!!! :bounce:

May 23rd, 2006, 12:42 AM
Thanks for the pics and article Linnie! :)

A slightly bigger picture (with thanks to Corinne Dubreuil)


Apparently the top is 'orange flashy' - I'm not sure what this means, perhaps it has a sparkly thread in the material...? :confused: I guess we'll just have to wait and see! ;)

May 23rd, 2006, 01:57 AM

May 23rd, 2006, 10:51 AM
:bounce: :bounce: Allez Amelie :bounce: :bounce:

:worship: Time to break the bad luck ;)
Thanks about the article and the pics :yeah:

May 23rd, 2006, 12:15 PM
Lots more pics from the Reebok press conference on Amélie's official site:



May 23rd, 2006, 06:05 PM
Allez Amelie :)

May 23rd, 2006, 08:12 PM
:sport: Allez Amélie! :sport:

May 23rd, 2006, 08:52 PM
From the RG website :):

Photo by: FFT
World number one practise on Philippe-Chatrier court today.

Number ones get down to business
World number ones Roger Federer and Amélie Mauresmo have been training hard at Roland Garros. On Tuesday, Roger made his first appearance this year on the Paris clay, trying out n°2 court for size around midday before moving onto the Suzanne Lenglen court, under the watchful eye of Tony Roche. Amélie Mauresmo also trained twice, first on Philippe Chatrier court, then on "Suzanne". Some of the top French players have also been reacquainting themselves with the courts, including Gaël Monfils, who knocked up with Paradorn Srichaphan, Paul-Henri Mathieu and Florent Serra.

May 25th, 2006, 04:11 PM
*bump* :p

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(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
France's Amelie Mauresmo sits during a training session at the Roland Garros stadium, Thursday May 25, 2006. The French Open tennis tournament starts Sunday.

May 25th, 2006, 05:04 PM
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(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Not very happy, are we? :lol:

Thanks guys for pics, interviews, info... :D

May 25th, 2006, 08:55 PM
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(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Not very happy, are we? :lol:

Thanks guys for pics, interviews, info... :D
That's the impression I got too (her face says 'buzz off, you're annoying me :fiery: ), but people on GM interpreted Momo's facial expression as that of a person who is scared :rolls:

May 25th, 2006, 10:39 PM
*bump* :p

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(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
France's Amelie Mauresmo sits during a training session at the Roland Garros stadium, Thursday May 25, 2006. The French Open tennis tournament starts Sunday.

Oh dear she doesn't look best pleased at all :lol:
"Release the hound! - Get 'em Sophie!"

May 26th, 2006, 03:51 AM

Scared? :lol: She's ready to slap the photographer!

May 26th, 2006, 06:25 AM
I never really doubted it but :bounce: Yay! She's human! :bounce:

I think it's the first time i see a pic where she looks annoyed at the photographer like that. She usually always looks so camera friendly, generous, nice, kind and smily on most of the pics i've seen, i often was very impressed and wondered what was her magic potion receipe or what was her special trick to be able to deal so well with all those medias and cameras and all those wild or crazy or Moresmorized fans! ??

Thanks for the pics, infos and stuff folks! :)

:yippee: :boxing: ALLEZ MOMO! :drive::yippee:
Let the home town crowd bring you
pleasure, not pressure!

Or just look at it as a warm up for the Montreal tourny! :bounce::yippee: :bounce:

May 26th, 2006, 12:58 PM
:clap2: :clap2: :clap2: :clap2: :clap2:

Allez!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

May 26th, 2006, 01:17 PM
Not a bad draw - stayed away from Petrova and Justine which is good but Venus looks dangerous. 1 match at a time Momo stay focused and relaxed - WE BELIEVE IN YOU!!!!!

May 26th, 2006, 02:24 PM
Right now I'm a little in a hysterical mood! Two days to think about all the possibilities, "will she beat Megan...? Vaidisova, Venus, what will be her first reactions to the tournament, will she be relaxed...etc...etc...!" :eek:
OMG, someone punch my heard! :lol: :lol:

May 26th, 2006, 03:08 PM
Could've been worse ;) Meghann just won Rabat, so that could be tough. One match at a time :angel:

I posted this in the French forum, but thought it would be worth a look here, too :)

For Mauresmo, another try at the title that means most to her

By Christopher Clarey (http://www.iht.com/cgi-bin/search.cgi?query=By Christopher Clarey&sort=swishrank) International Herald Tribune
FRIDAY, MAY 26, 2006
PARIS (http://www.iht.com/cgi-bin/search.cgi?query=PARIS&sort=swishrank) The year was 1995. Amélie Mauresmo, an unknown French 15- year-old with thick glasses and a fine one-handed backhand, entered the French Open qualifying tournament and managed to get through all three rounds, sobbing with joy after beating an American, Lindsay Lee-Waters, to make it into the main event.
It looked like the beginning of something beautiful.
Roland Garros stadium, after all, was the same leafy place where Mauresmo's childhood idol, Yannick Noah, had won the men's tournament in 1983, inspiring her to head into her yard and start imitating his strokes without a racket.
This, after all, was the same place where Mauresmo had come to live and train as one of the most promising players in the highly structured French developmental system.
But despite all the good omens and elemental connections, Mauresmo has never come close to a happy ending. In 12 appearances in the main draw of her national championship, she has yet to make it past the quarterfinals, or to demonstrate the same sort of versatile flair that she has demonstrated on other clay courts around the world.
She has been beaten by much lesser talents, including Jana Kandarr of Germany in a particularly upsetting first- round shocker in 2001. She has been overwhelmed by the mighty, losing, 6-1, 6-2, to Serena Williams in the quarterfinals in 2003.
But the common thread running through those and other matches was stage fright, and as if it weren't tough enough to tighten up for your own cause, Mauresmo also experienced defeat on home ground in the final of the Fed Cup in 2005, as Elena Dementieva led Russia past Mauresmo and France to the disappointment of a large and hopeful Paris crowd at Roland Garros.
Mauresmo, a thoughtful, occasionally pensive sort, has tried all manner of approaches in an attempt to change the karma. She has kept to herself and avoided discussing the upcoming tournament some years. She has talked freely and addressed all her demons during others. She even enlisted Noah himself last year as a motivator and talisman. The result: an upset loss to a Serbian teenager, Ana Ivanovic, in the third round.
This year, she is trying another experiment: returning to the place that means so much, perhaps too much, to her as the number one seed. She arrived at that lofty perch by winning her first significant title at last year's tour championships in Los Angeles and then breaking through to win her first Grand Slam singles title at the Australian Open in January.
She is not quite on the same roll now. She played just one warm-up tournament on clay, losing in the semifinals to Justine Henin-Hardenne in Berlin and then withdrawing from the Rome event with tonsillitis. In short, she has not had ideal preparation, but then ideal preparation has not suited her in other years. Could this one really be different?
Mauresmo hopes so, even thinks so, and she discussed her breakthrough year and frustrating past this week.

IHT: How have the last few months been different because of your victory in Australia? What impact has it had on your state of mind?
MAURESMO: In fact, it's all been part of the process that started with winning the tour championships. There has been lots of joy and free swinging on the court. It's like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. You could see I left the contents of my backpack in L.A. and then left the backpack in Melbourne. I feel freer, and when I came back to France I won the tournaments in Paris and Antwerp. So these good results helped me stay on my cloud for a little while. I then had to take a break. Mentally, I needed to protect myself. It's a long season, and I have to be aware of that.

IHT: Do you feel lighter in the shoulders only on the court or off the court, too?
MAURESMO: Above all, it's on the court, but I've come to realize that it's affected me in my everyday life, too, and in my relations with others. I'm more open now, more relaxed, happier.

IHT: Because Justine Henin- Hardenne retired in the second set of the final in Australia, you didn't get a chance to experience the adrenaline rush and release of a championship point. Is that something you are chasing now, or is it not that important compared with the title?
MAURESMO: Sure, it's important to experience that. Sure, looking back, it was frustrating, because it would have been even more extraordinary to have this climactic moment, all the more so because I experienced it in Los Angeles at the end of a very tight and intense match. That was extraordinary. Of course, it's a bit of a shame what happened in Australia, a bit of a disappointment, but for me, the victory is not tainted by the way it ended. It's a real, beautiful Grand Slam victory.

IHT: Have you and Justine had a chance to clear the air by talking about her decision to stop?

IHT: Would you like to get her version from her?
MAURESMO: Perhaps it will happen. We'll have to let the time go by.

IHT: You were number one in 2004 without winning a Grand Slam. How different is it to be number one with a Slam?
MAURESMO: The first time it was lots of emotion, because it was a first and I really did not expect it. Today, it's more level-headed. I've actually been dominating at times in recent months. I'm taking this more calmly.

IHT: Do you feel you deserve it more now?
MAURESMO: Perhaps more than the last time, even though the last time it was more a reward for consistency. I'd say now it's more a reward for a certain phase of dominance. It's true that I feel I do really deserve it. I'm not going to win every tournament I play, but I'm savoring it, and at the same time, I'm not feeling that I have pressure on me. I think you savor things more when the path isn't easy, and it was more laborious for me than some of the others. I am perhaps even more proud, because I know exactly how much was required of me and what I had to do to get there.

IHT: You're almost 27, and you've said that you are a slower developer, a later bloomer than some of the other champions, like Martina Hingis or Steffi Graf or the Williams sisters. Why is that?
MAURESMO: Several factors, I think. There is perhaps an emotional factor that I needed time to mature and be able to manage. Another factor is the education and culture in which you grow up. I didn't grow up in the culture of victory, where you are expected to be or have to be, the best. It was not at all like that in my family. Tennis was really a hobby. If it led to something, great. If not, there were other things in life. I think that was something I was missing at some points in my career, because when I see Hingis or the Williamses, you see how they were educated for this: to win, to be the best, a bit the American mentality. Number one. Number one. Number one. I didn't have this. It's not that I regretted not having it. I'm happy with how I was educated, but I think it explains the process.

IHT: So did you learn to acquire this killer instinct?
MAURESMO: Actually no. I didn't have to adopt it. I created something else for myself that allowed me to reach, I think, the same ends. I think it's very tough to get that innate sense of victory and destiny once you come out of adolescence. But I created something for myself that was based on thinking about every aspect of tennis, on improving the details and the technique. I learned about myself and how I function, and I tried to follow this path. But in the end, there was also a feeling of enough is enough. Seriously. I got to a point where I really, really wanted it to be me who was the last one standing on the court and holding up the trophy.

IHT: So why hasn't it happened at the French Open? You've won other tournaments on clay, like Rome. You've gone past the quarterfinals now at all the other Slams.
MAURESMO: We'll see what happens, but for me, Roland Garros was always, until this year at least, something very uncomfortable, something I'd equate with suffering. It was not a pleasure to find myself on the court with all the fans behind me. Now, I'm taking more pleasure. I really want to be on the court and share something with them. They will be there this year again, and perhaps in a different way, perhaps to celebrate, in a way, what I've done.
Of course, there will be expectations and pressure, but I've proved that I can handle it and win other big tournaments. I hope that will free me up to approach Roland Garros differently. I feel like it will. I feel I am less stressed out in practice.

Other years, as soon as I got out there and put my foot on center court, I could feel myself tightening up, could sense that I had a short fuse, getting mad at things very quickly. It's true. Everything bothered me. It was tough. I think I was not ready to handle the expectations. Not just the crowd's but my own expectations. I also wanted a lot from this tournament, and it was hard to handle. But I really hope the experience will have served me, and that the free feeling I've had the last few months will make a difference.

May 26th, 2006, 04:08 PM
:bounce: :bounce: Allez Amélie :bounce: :bounce:

RG is almost here and I'm getting really nervous & excited about it.Just play relaxed,Momo and one match at a time.We all know you can do it!!!! :D ;)

May 26th, 2006, 04:24 PM
Amélie will be playing sunday, 3rd match on Chartrier. :rolleyes: My guess is they chose top seeds to open but I would have prefered her to play on monday instead!

May 26th, 2006, 04:40 PM
Amelie on sunday? :\
Anyway, good luck Ame!!! can't wait, ALLEZ!

May 26th, 2006, 08:13 PM
my heart will beat hard when she will enter the Phillippe Chatrier court. :hearts:

hope the crowd to give her a big ovation,she will have those little stars in her eyes, cant wait to see it! :bounce:

shaughnessy --> she won rabat tournament(tier4),

H2H between them--> amélie leads 3-0

she beat her 10 years ago at junior RG tournament--> is it a "sign" 10 years later to begin by her???HOPE SO :angel:

May 26th, 2006, 08:14 PM
Allez!! :bounce:

May 26th, 2006, 09:56 PM
:sad: I have a Court One ticket for Sunday - I was hoping Amélie would play her first match on Monday!

Thanks for the interview Linnie; a really interesting one! :)

A couple of videos featuring Amélie can be found here:


:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: Bonne Chance Amélie et ALLEZ!!!!:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

May 26th, 2006, 10:10 PM
Allez Amélie! I believe in you! :bounce: :bounce:

Scots Kim Fan
May 26th, 2006, 10:27 PM
Good Luck Momo! :yeah:

May 26th, 2006, 11:00 PM
Par Sophie DORGAN, à Roland-Garros

Entre deux séances d'entraînement sur les courts de Roland-Garros, Amélie Mauresmo a délivré vendredi ses premières impressions en conférence de presse. Malgré une chaise cassée et une chute juste évitée, la numéro 1 mondiale s'est montrée détendue et sereine.

Lunettes de soleil sur la tête, souriante et détendue, Amélie Mauresmo arrive au Tenniseum pour sa conférence de presse. Les journalistes assistent alors à la "glissade" de la numéro 1 mondiale. La Française se retrouve le menton sur la table, mais se redresse rapidement en plaisantant «je suis venue vous annoncer mon forfait» et en brandissant l'objet du délit, la chaise cassée ! :haha::rolls: Les questions peuvent commencer dans l'hilarité générale et l'une d'entre elles engendre l'ironie voire le rire jaune. «Amélie, vos adversaires les plus sérieuses Petrova, Hingis, Henin, Clijsters, Dementieva ou Myskina sont dans l'autre moitié du tableau. Vous êtes déjà en finale ?» La réponse ne tarde pas : «Sûrement. J'ai même déjà gagné, bien sûr.» Seule sa première adversaire l'intéresse et connaître la suite du programme ne la ravit pas : «Je n'ai pas regardé le tableau, je vous remercie de me donner toutes les infos que je ne voulais pas savoir ! Enfin, si toutes ces joueuses sont de l'autre côté, ce n'est pas plus mal, je ne vais pas me plaindre.»

Sa préparation

Avec seulement six matches au compteur sur terre battue cette saison en raison d'une angine survenue à Berlin, Amélie Mauresmo arrive avec une préparation écourtée. «La préparation a été différente des autres années. La semaine dernière, j'ai simplement récupéré et essayé de me remettre d'aplomb. Je crois qu'il n'y a pas de règles. Quand on regarde 2005 ou 2004, j'ai toujours bien joué, ou à Berlin, ou à Rome, ou aux deux, et finalement, cela n'a jamais porté ses fruits ici. Là, par la force des choses, j'ai une préparation un peu différente. Est-ce que cela portera ses fruits ? De toute façon, nous n'avions pas le choix et je prends donc les choses vraiment comme elles viennent. Aujourd'hui, je pense avoir vraiment remonté sur le plan du physique, être au niveau pour ce genre de tournoi.» Depuis lundi, la Française enchaîne deux séances d'entraînement par jour sur les courts de Roland-Garros avec son sparring-partner attitré, Hugo Lecoq, et sous les regards conjugués de Loïc Courteau, son entraîneur, et Xavier Moreau, son préparateur physique.

Sa prochaine adversaire Meghann Shaughnessy

Si le tableau d'Amélie Mauresmo peut paraître dégagé, sa première adversaire n'invite pas à la promenade de santé. Plutôt adepte des surfaces rapides, Meghann Shaughnessy revient en forme après cinq ans de lente descente au classement (12e en 2001, 66e fin 2005 et 59e actuellement). L'Américaine a accroché à son palmarès cette saison Justine Henin-Hardenne à Miami et a remporté récemment le tournoi de Rabat sur terre battue. Mais elle n'a jamais pris un set à Amélie Mauresmo en trois confrontations. «C'est plutôt une joueuse de dur avec un jeu typiquement américain, elle frappe fort des deux côtés, s'appuie sur un bon service, mais elle n'est pas toujours très régulière. Je la connais plutôt bien pour l'avoir déjà affronté plusieurs fois. Globalement, je me dis que c'est mon jeu qui est important. Il faudra que je m'appuie sur ce que je sais faire, sur mes forces, que je m'adapte un tout petit peu à son jeu mais surtout que je me concentre sur moi. Si j'arrive à développer mes forces, je pense que cela devrait passer. Tout cela, ce sont des beaux discours, il faudra le faire sur le terrain.»

May 26th, 2006, 11:02 PM
Good Luck Amelie :kiss: :bounce:

Everyting seems to go wrong for her if I so much as look at a cheering thread so I think I'll lay low for the next 8 weeks :lol:

May 26th, 2006, 11:35 PM
Google-ized ^ ;)

By Sophie DORGAN, in Roland-Garros

Between two training sessions on the courts of Roland-Garros, Amélie Mauresmo delivered Friday her first impressions in press conference. In spite of a broken chair and a just avoided fall, number 1 world was shown slackened and serene.

http://www.lequipe.fr/home/pts.gifMedia gag http://www.lequipe.fr/home/pts.gif
Sunglasses on the head, smiling and slackened, Amélie Mauresmo arrives at Tenniseum for her press conference. The journalists then assist with the “slip” of number 1 world. The Frenchwoman finds the chin on the table, but rectifies herself quickly while joking “I came to announce my fixed price to you” and by holding up the object of the offence, the broken chair! The questions can start in general hilarity and one of them generates the irony even the laugh force. “Amélie, your most serious adversaries Petrova, Hingis, Henin, Clijsters, Dementieva or Myskina are in the other half of the draw. You are already finally?” The answer does not delay: “Surely. I even already gained, of course.” Only her first adversary interests her and to know the continuation of the program does not charm her: “I did not look at the draw, I thank you for giving me all the infos which I did not want to know! Lastly, if all these players are other side, it is not more badly, I will not complain.”

Her preparation http://www.lequipe.fr/home/pts.gif
With only six matches with the meter on beaten ground this season because of an angina to Berlin, Amélie Mauresmo arrives with a curtailed preparation. “The preparation was different from the other years. Last week, I simply recovered and tried to give me from balance. I believe that there are no rules. When one looks at 2005 or 2004, I played always well, or in Berlin, or Rome, or both, and finally, that forever borne his fruits here. There, by the force of the things, I have a a little different preparation. Will that bear its fruits? In any event, we did not have the choice and I thus take the things really as they come. Today, I really think of having gone up on the physical level, to be it on the level for this kind of tournament.” For Monday, the Frenchwoman has connected two training sessions per day on the courts of Roland-Garros with her appointed sparring partner, Hugo Lecoq, and under the combined glances of Loïc Courteau, her trainer, and Xavier Moreau, her physical preparer.

Her next adversary Meghann Shaughnessy http://www.lequipe.fr/home/pts.gif
If the draw of Amélie Mauresmo can appear released, her first adversary does not invite to the walk of health. Rather follower of fast surfaces, Meghann Shaughnessy returns in form after five years of slow descent to the classification (12th in 2001, 66e at the end of 2005 and 59e currently). The American one hung to her prize list Justine Henin-Hardenne this season in Miami and recently gained the tournament of Rabat over beaten ground. But she has never taken a set off Amélie Mauresmo in three confrontations. “She is rather a player of hard with a typically American play, she strikes extremely on the two sides, is based on a good service, but it is not always very regular. I know her rather well to have already faced her several times. All in all, I think that it is my play which is important. One will need that I rest on what I can do, on my forces, which I adapt very small little to her play but especially that I concentrate on me. If I manage to develop my forces, I think that that should pass. All that, they are beautiful speeches, it will have to be done on the ground.”

May 27th, 2006, 11:14 AM
ALLEZ :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

May 27th, 2006, 11:24 AM
Allez Amelie !!!!!!!!!

May 27th, 2006, 02:11 PM
AP Photo/Alastair Grant

AP Photo/Alastair Grant

May 27th, 2006, 04:47 PM
I hope the best for you tomorrow Momo ( I will try to watch her match on livestream :p ) ; ALLEZ :bounce:

May 27th, 2006, 04:47 PM
thanks for posting those pics, Linnie :hearts:

May 27th, 2006, 10:16 PM
Allez Amé!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :bounce:

May 28th, 2006, 02:31 AM
RG outfit!
(photo from French Yahoo)
JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images

:yippee: ALLEZ! :banana:

May 28th, 2006, 03:31 AM
thanks for the article guys, Amelie is :hearts: :kiss: :drool:

May 28th, 2006, 07:39 AM
Great Idea that the tourney starts Sunday...I am so excited couldn't have hoped for better.....

May 28th, 2006, 07:40 AM
Allezzzz Amelie....lets go....and win this one.....

May 28th, 2006, 05:13 PM
AP Photo/Michel Euler

AP Photo/Michel Euler

AP Photo/David Vincent

May 28th, 2006, 05:16 PM
AP Photo/David Vincent

AP Photo/David Vincent

May 28th, 2006, 05:19 PM
Is that the lime version of what she wore at AO? She looks good with anything, doesn't she? :drool:

Great stats from today's match. Keep it up, Amelie. ALLEZ. :banana:

May 28th, 2006, 05:24 PM
Amé's after match interview May 28, 2006 (http://roland-garros.france2.fr/reportages-videos/IMG/arton7.jpg)

May 28th, 2006, 05:30 PM
Allez Amelie! Keep it up! good luck next round

May 28th, 2006, 05:48 PM
AP Photo/David Vincent

AP Photo/David Vincent

AP Photo/David Vincent

May 28th, 2006, 08:03 PM
RG outfit!
(photo from French Yahoo)
JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images

:yippee: ALLEZ! :banana:
I like it :hearts:

Allez Momo, well done in first round match! (especially your first serves :drool: ) :bowdown:

May 28th, 2006, 08:37 PM
Stade2 28-05-06 (http://sport.france2.fr/stade2/?date=2006/05/28&id_article=395)

May 28th, 2006, 09:20 PM
very close and intense match but amélie played great especially on her serve(80% with 7 aces )

she was moving well, it wasnt good conditions to play,much wind but she was really calm and in control of this match,her first match in roland garros as n°1, we saw how difficult it can be to play a first round in such a tournament, federer had difficulties.

But this ace on match point was just

ahahahah for those who said that she will fail

Allez Amé!!!!!!!!!

May 28th, 2006, 09:33 PM
very close and intense match but amélie played great especially on her serve(80% with 7 aces )

she was moving well, it wasnt good conditions to play,much wind but she was really calm and in control of this match,her first match in roland garros as n°1, we saw how difficult it can be to play a first round in such a tournament, federer had difficulties.

But this ace on match point was just

ahahahah for those who said that she will fail

Allez Amé!!!!!!!!!
I think it was 8 aces, no ? :p
I was very nervous, I'm glad she managed meghann's new tactics well (apparently meghann doesn't usually vary her shots like she did today :D)

May 29th, 2006, 09:36 AM
lol 8 aces :D

yes meghan S tried to surprise amélie by using variation , not playiing just hard from the back of the court.She did it quite well but amélie was just too focus and played solid.

ouaou we ave to wait till wednesday to see amélie playing her next round

May 29th, 2006, 09:40 AM
Well the 8th was on Match point which was kind of cute....funny thing is that most of them were weired aces the swing was too long and they seemed to come from a far away place or by a much taller player......:yeah:

May 29th, 2006, 09:43 AM
The only thing I can be pleased about is that she seemed very relaxed and having fun on court which is an excellent atitude on RG central court.....I felt she was over confident at times which is something she should be careful about.....but she had that sparkle of champions in her eyes which gives you confidence that she believes she can do it....

May 29th, 2006, 09:26 PM


ALLEZ ALLEZ AMELIE!!! :hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

May 29th, 2006, 10:04 PM
yeah, allez Ame! :bounce:

May 30th, 2006, 10:03 AM
i'll pray everyday the God of tennis she can keep that quality of serve all the tournament :drool:

she 'll be invincible with it :bounce:

May 30th, 2006, 12:32 PM
:) Come on Amelie beat Dushevina

May 30th, 2006, 08:25 PM
:) Come on Amelie beat Dushevina
yes, beat her like you did just recently, Momo, allez :devil::bounce:

I'm still very nervous for Momo at RG :unsure:
(especially considering what happened to Nadia today :unsure: )

May 30th, 2006, 09:08 PM
The weather in Paris's been really bad this tourney , I wish to god things will be better for Amelie tomorrow.....

May 30th, 2006, 09:09 PM
yes, beat her like you did just recently, Momo, allez :devil::bounce:

I'm still very nervous for Momo at RG :unsure:
(especially considering what happened to Nadia today :unsure: )

The weather was horrible, I didn't see Madia's match but I bet u anything she was totally paralyzed by the weather.....

May 31st, 2006, 12:08 AM
Allez Amélie - Win this match and you've defended your points from last years tournament! There's something to aim for every round!

May 31st, 2006, 01:46 AM
:yippee: ALLEZ! :banana:

May 31st, 2006, 03:23 AM
The weather was horrible, I didn't see Madia's match but I bet u anything she was totally paralyzed by the weather.....
I don't think the weather had anything to do with Nadia's defeat :p

all the players had to play with that crappy weather :lol:

May 31st, 2006, 07:51 AM
Allez Amelie !!!!!!!

May 31st, 2006, 08:17 AM
Great pics and thanks for that fantastic interview Linnie!!! ALLEZ and ALL THE WAY Amelie!!!

May 31st, 2006, 11:40 AM
Amé will play on Lenglen today after federer(again lol)

cool I like this court :)

crappy weather again but amélie said that she played n those conditions for several days now so she will deal with it.

Allez Amé!have a good match :)

May 31st, 2006, 01:53 PM
Just read in GM that Amélie will be playing mixed dubs with Fabrice :hearts:

May 31st, 2006, 05:20 PM
poor ame, this aint lookin too good

come on girl u can do it!

May 31st, 2006, 05:22 PM
I don't like what I'm seeing

May 31st, 2006, 08:32 PM
Momo, thank goodness you won 2nd round match! :help::woohoo:
now beat Jankovic too :unsure:

May 31st, 2006, 09:10 PM
What a dreadful performance - so many nerves and mis-hits the only thing that saved Amélie was that Vera played even worse than she did! Get it together for the next round Momo cause Jankovic will beat you if you bring that sort of tennis to the court! If you win your next match you will have gone one round further than last year!

May 31st, 2006, 09:48 PM
I was watching her match today. My nerves were ...dancing once again, but after so many years of watching Amelie's matches, I am used to it.. http://www.tennnis.com/phpbb/images/smiles/kiffer3.gif
She certainly has to improve if she wants to beat Jankovic
Anyway, it' French Open and how all this atmosphere and expectations affect her is something we will see it in the next rounds.
As long as she wins her matches is OK and I wouldn't ask for more. http://www.tennnis.com/phpbb/images/smiles/eusa_think.gif

ALLEZ ALLEZ AMELIE http://www.tennnis.com/phpbb/images/smiles/eusa_pray.gif

May 31st, 2006, 10:27 PM
she said that the conditions didnt help her and that herr tennis wasnt good today but she will play doubles with fabrice, she had several days OFF because she started on sunday her first round, with the doubles she will keep a rythm especially for her serve who wasnt good today.

May 31st, 2006, 11:26 PM
I'm glad she's playing in the mixed and Fabrice is an absolute genius so it would be fun to see them combine!

Jun 1st, 2006, 12:55 AM
Post-match interview here, with video:


Day 4 - An interview with Amelie Mauresmo
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
http://www.rolandgarros.com/images/headers/fo4510h2_e.gif Q. It's very clear that you're a role model to the children of France, the whole crowd was screaming for you. It must be a wonderful feeling.


Q. Can you talk about who were your role models when you were a little girl and do you feel comfortable being a role model and such a public face?

AMÉLIE MAURESMO: I don't know if I'm a role model. If I can give them a good example, it's great for me. As far as my role model when I was a kid, everybody know I started to play tennis watching Yannick Noah. I really don't know if I had really somebody I was admiring a lot or whatever. I liked Steffi Graf a lot. I liked Sabatini a lot. I was following all the French guys, Leconte, Forget, Yannick Noah.

I think it's nice to have a Grand Slam in France for this, for all the kids coming on the Wednesdays, sometimes on the weekends, to enjoy the best tennis in the world, but also support the French. That's what I was enjoying when I was a kid. That's what they seem to enjoy now. That's nice.

Q. Could you also comment on how you came back to win the match?

AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Well, I struggled a lot in the second set. I think when I needed, really, to probably to stay a little bit more focused or to make sure I was not doing so many errors or whatever, I was able to control at least in the key moments. That's what made the difference in that second set.

But I have to say the level of the game was not as high as I wish it was for me.

Q. An abstract question about confidence. Players talk about confidence, but it's very hard to say exactly what it is. For you on the court, when you're confident, what does that actually mean?

AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Probably that you don't have to think a lot, that everything is coming together just naturally in an automatic way, just like, you know, everything is going right. For example, this afternoon was not ‑‑ you know, I felt like I was hitting shots, not constructing the points. I did that in the first set, you know, not the best game ever, but still was consistent enough to win 6‑1.

Suddenly I think I probably, yeah, in my mind went away a little bit. Then, you know, you struggle. You don't construct the points the way you should. I guess, yeah, that's how you can explain confidence.

Q. So you're thinking more about the shots?

AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Yeah, you're thinking more, you're struggling a little bit more. You don't feel these things I guess when you're a hundred percent confident.

Q. It seems to come and go. When you lose it, how do you get it back?

AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Well, you try to stay calm first because if you get frustrated or whatever, then it makes it pretty hard to come back. Then, you know, you have still your weapons that you can rely on, you try to do your best.

Sometimes, you know, you have a bad day and you have to deal with that and make sure you still win it so that you can have a better day the next game.

Q. Do you know it when you see it?

AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Well, you kind of feel it. You kind of fight against it. When it's there, you try to do something different to make it go. Yeah, it happens that you can feel it.

THE MODERATOR: Questions in French.

Q. Could you tell us about the conditions for the match. Cold, wind. Was that a problem?

AMÉLIE MAURESMO: I think everyone can see the conditions are very difficult. That's it. It seems obvious. There's a lot of wind. It's swirling. It's not always in the same direction. Then the cold. It's not always obvious to stay in the right rhythm in those conditions.

Of course, we all try to do our best, to do our utmost. I think it's probably a bit of a pity for the overall level of our tennis, at least as far as I'm concerned today, what I've been seeing from other matches, as well. It's not too bad for the winter (smiling).

Q. We get the feeling this match was cut in two. There was a very good first set. What happened? Is it the fact she broke your serve in the beginning?

AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Well, we discussed this with Loic immediately after the match. The first set was solid, it was good, with overall control of the game, no problem. Then all of a sudden, I'm not sure if it's in my mind or I just relaxed too much, maybe it was perhaps the feeling that I was completely in control anyway.

Something happened. Things sort of weren't functioning any more: the serve, the tennis, I wasn't ahead, then the wind. In those conditions, everything sort of just adds up. It became a little bit more difficult in the second set.

But I think that experience and managing the important points helped me and made the difference in that second set.

Q. I know you don't really like comparisons. What about the Amélie of two, three years ago? Would she have let the second set slip, gone onto a third, possibly lost the match?

AMÉLIE MAURESMO: I don't have an answer to that question.

Q. You're saying you used the important points to manage the match. We're talking about confidence. Is there something that enables you today to better use your strong points today that you didn't have a couple of years ago?>

AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Well, yes. What I've learned is perhaps more important to me today at all levels from a mental point of view, physically, but also physical commitment. It's always something very delicate that you have to keep up. In those cases, it's the average level that has for me improved I think over the years and over the months. When you don't play your best tennis, you go back into your average level. I think that average level has improved slowly.

Q. These winter conditions, are they making the players' levels closer? The lower‑ranked players maybe play more dangerously?

AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Well, probably. I think we all need to be able to adapt and to play your best tennis in these conditions. It's not easy. But you can consider overall that it just levels the game downwards. I would consider that you should be able to still keep up the level of your game.

Jun 1st, 2006, 02:15 AM
From CBS Sportsline:

Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Jun 1st, 2006, 09:18 AM
Thanks Linnie :)
Allez Amelie, good luck next!

Jun 1st, 2006, 11:53 AM
fab and amé will play the third match on court17 against a tough pair likhovtseva/nestor

Jun 1st, 2006, 02:22 PM
oh I didn't know she played doubles mixed with Fabrice :D

Jun 1st, 2006, 02:33 PM
fab and amé will play the third match on court17 against a tough pair likhovtseva/nestor
yup, that pair is very good :scared:

Jun 1st, 2006, 07:32 PM
they lost in two sets.

Well hopefully amélie will play great against jancovic, she will play the second match(ouffffffffff :rolleyes: )

I couldnt imagine her waiting so long like she did wednesday.

Allez Amé!tough match to come!fight!http://smileys.sur-la-toile.com/repository/M%E9chant/0026.gif

Jun 1st, 2006, 10:52 PM
Momo is now playing the third match (after Lena Dementieva completes hers ;) ) :p

yeah, the mixte doubles didn't work out with fabrice :sad::bigcry:

allez Momo, gotta beat Jankovic tomorrow, allez :fiery:

Jun 2nd, 2006, 10:55 AM
Well their opponents were very tough so I'm not much suprised they lost. Now beat Jankovic today Amelie!

Jun 2nd, 2006, 11:45 AM
:yippee: ALLEZ! :banana:

Jun 2nd, 2006, 01:41 PM
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: Bonne Chance Amélie!! ALLEZ!!!:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Jun 2nd, 2006, 02:34 PM
Allez Amélie! :bounce: :bounce:

Jun 2nd, 2006, 06:01 PM
Good luck Amelie in the next round!!
ALLEZ! :banana: :D

Jun 2nd, 2006, 06:08 PM
Nice win Momo :woohoo:
now take out Vaidisova :fiery:

Jun 2nd, 2006, 06:41 PM
AP Photo/Alastair Grant

Jun 2nd, 2006, 07:05 PM
BETTER MATCH than against dushevina.She was clam,in control and happy to be there.So happy for her :) she looked "sereine" :angel: hopefully its the same as it was during the YEC and the AO. ;)

anothers pics:

http://img397.imageshack.us/img397/1826/jan63xp.jpg AP Photo/Alastair Grant

http://img193.imageshack.us/img193/6452/jan98go.jpg AP Photo/Alastair Grant

http://img430.imageshack.us/img430/2159/jan109eb.jpg AP Photo/Alastair Grant

http://img348.imageshack.us/img348/2951/jan146ra.jpg REUTERS/Vincent Kessler (FRANCE)

Jun 2nd, 2006, 07:07 PM
AP Photo/Alastair Grant

AP Photo/Alastair Grant
Damn it!!! I was there and saw her walk with those same 10 bodyguards around and didn't dare getting any close for an autograph :rolleyes: mind you given how short I am I would have easily been squashed! :rolls:

Amélie this is time for you to shut the hell out of all those bashers doubters and idiots!!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Jun 2nd, 2006, 10:22 PM

Mauresmo learning to love Roland Garros
Fri Jun 2, 2006 6:39 PM BST

By Julien Pretot

PARIS, June 2 (Reuters) - World number one Amelie Mauresmo said she was learning to love Roland Garros after defeating Jelena Jankovic of Serbia and Montenegro 6-3 6-3 in the third round on Friday.

Mauresmo started brightly and capitalised on two early breaks to claim the first set.

The Frenchwoman, who broke her grand slam jinx by winning the Australian Open in January, responded strongly when challenged by the world number 32, saving a total of nine break points in the third round match.

Jankovic went down on one knee when Mauresmo broke her for 3-2 with a forehand winner and capitulated after 80 minutes.

"Everything went fine today. My game is coming together," said Mauresmo.

"I'm much more satisfied than after my first two matches. I need to get stronger round after round and that's what I am doing."

Also a winner at the season-ending championship last year, Mauresmo was delighted to share her joy with the Paris crowd.

"Today, I can say I start loving the centre court which is something I would not have said before," said Mauresmo.

The Geneva-based Frenchwoman has been a long-term under-achiever on home clay, never making it past the quarter-finals at Roland Garros.

In 2001, she arrived as the hot favourite only to crack under pressure and lose in the first round to German Jana Kandarr.

"I now have more experience, it's my 12th Roland Garros. And my game is also better," she said.

Mauresmo, however, warned herself against over-confidence.

"Today, I've played very well at the beginning and at the end of the match but at times, I let her back into the match," she said.

"I've lost a bit of my concentration and my serve percentage has dropped. I need to work on that."

In the next round, Mauresmo will meet Czech 16th seed Nicole Vaidisova whom she thrashed 6-1 6-1 in the fourth round at the Australian Open.

"I know her pretty well. I'll have to knock her out of her stride," she said.

Jun 2nd, 2006, 11:34 PM
That was a really good match today - she was so much more relaxed and Jankovic played quite well too so 6-3 6-3 is a great scoreline. It was so funny when Jelena yelled at Amélie "Stop hitting the lines". Jelena is fast becoming my 3rd fav player after you know who and Maam.

Jun 2nd, 2006, 11:36 PM
No I don't know :p

btw great match today Amélie :yeah:

Jun 3rd, 2006, 02:14 AM
That was a really good match today - she was so much more relaxed and Jankovic played quite well too so 6-3 6-3 is a great scoreline. It was so funny when Jelena yelled at Amélie "Stop hitting the lines". Jelena is fast becoming my 3rd fav player after you know who and Maam.
I know. I loved that part. :rolls:
but I thought she said : "you keep hitting the lines." :lol:
I also like Jankovic's game. You can tell that it's not all about bashing the ball with her. Her game seems very complete ;)
I really hope Momo beats Vaidisova though :scared:

Jun 3rd, 2006, 11:03 PM
Allez Amélie!!!!!! :bounce:

Jun 4th, 2006, 12:11 AM
One more win Amélie and you equal your best showing at Roland Garros. Something to aim for Every Round!

Jun 4th, 2006, 01:10 AM
Good luck tomorrow :bounce:

Jun 4th, 2006, 10:26 AM
C'mon Amélie !

Jun 4th, 2006, 11:20 AM
Allez Amélie! :bounce: :bounce:

Jun 4th, 2006, 12:50 PM
:yippee: ALLEZ! :banana:

Jun 4th, 2006, 07:00 PM
Amélie :sad: :bigcry:

Now concentrate on the grass tourneys.......

Jun 4th, 2006, 08:18 PM
mauresmo, get ready for wimbledon, you have a lot of pts to defend :hug:

From what I saw, I think you were just not playing your game like you normally can somehow and also vaidisova just kept going for her shots... it was pretty sad to see .... :bigcry:

If only you could just play your game more freely at RG it would do wonders for you :shrug::sad:

and so many ues :help:

Jun 4th, 2006, 10:30 PM
I really enjoyed the 1st set and then Amelie just disappeared. :sad: :sad:

Now to the grass! Woo hoo! Bring on the net play. :worship: