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May 23rd, 2002, 09:40 PM
This is an article posted on the Roland Garros website about how players are approaching their training. Amelie, Mary and Nathalie are training together :D under the direction of the French Federation !!! Wow looks like there will be a French assult for the title. Why is Sandrine not there??

The article also mentions that Roland Garros 2002 may be Monica's LAST :eek: ... I think that this is an exaggeration though ... we all know that Monica will stop playing when she stops having fun so hypothetically any year could be her last year. Maybe a few good wins will motivate her! Go Monica!

Enjoy the read.

Echoes from "Roland"

Thursday, May 23, 2002

3 more days until the French Open. The champions, like Gustavo Kuerten or Amelie Mauresmo are getting down to the last preparations. Others, like Andy Roddick and Marcelo Rios, are having health problems. Here's what's going on...

Mauresmo: get right back on the Philippe Chatrier court

Compared to the past, Amélie Mauresmo has changed her way of preparing for the French Open. The idea of a workshop came about while the French team was playing the Fed Cup in Argentina, and it came to life this year. Amélie, Nathalie Dechy and Mary Pierce settled into a hotel around Versailles. They start their days together under the direction of Xavier Moreau, athletic trainer at the French Tennis Federation. Technique is worked on with their individual coaches. This morning, Amélie warmed up for a long time on the Philippe Chatrier court. Despite his combative efforts, her new coach Loïc Courteau, lost 6/0. Satisfied with the shape she's in, Courteau is hoping that Amélie will start her run on this very same court, despite her surprising loss to Jana Kandarr. Last year's trauma was analyzed . She's got to get past it. The quicker the better, stated Courteau.

Kuerten is giving all he's got

Gustavo Kuerten has been in Paris since Tuesday, which is a victory in itself for the defending champion. Following his hip surgery last February 26th, Guga wasn't sure he would be able to defend his title. But he got better much more quickly than expected. As he's missing matches and victories (only six since he started playing again in early May), Kuerten is giving it all he's got. His coach, Larri Passos, is putting him through hard work. But it's the price he has to pay if he intends on pursuing his ambitions.

Pierce is doing well

Mary Pierce had a good hour of warming up on the Suzanne Lenglen court today. Back in Paris after her victory here in 2000, she seems to be quite moved, finding herself back on the courts at the Porte d'Auteuil, where she has not been for the past two years. I am very happy to be back in Paris, a city I appreciate so much, she stated after her warm-up. Concerning my physical form, everything is fine. And as for my tennis, it's getting better and better with every match. She's just got to quickly forget her last one: a 6/0, 6/0 loss against Jennifer Capriati in Rome.

Roddick is saving his energy, Rios is worried

Andy Roddick, who is known for pushing his limits, preferred not playing today at the World Team Cup in Düsseldorf. He was supposed to play against the Swede Thomas Enquist, but because of wrist and knee pain, gave up his place to James Blake. It's painful, but not a big deal before Roland Garros, declared Roddick, one of the main attractions at the French Open. However, Marcelo Rios' participation is more and more uncertain. The Chilean, victim of tendinitis in the knee, hasn't played since the Masters Series in Monte Carlo.

The article also mentions that Roland Garros 2002 may be Monica's LAST

The tenth and the last for Monica Seles?

Presently playing in the tournament in Madrid, Monica Seles, former N°1 world champion, said she would perhaps play her tenth and last Roland Garros. At the age of 28, I don't feel like looking ahead. Maybe I'll stop playing at Roland Garros. Seriously, I have no idea. Right now I really like playing, but if I wake up tomorrow morning not liking tennis anymore, I'll stop. It's like asking a 16 yr. old girl why she wants to play, because she wants to be N°1 in the world. The champion admits that the stabbing she experienced in Hamburg in 1993 cut her wings. Easily understandable. Nobody has ever gotten as far as I was before being stabbed. I was losing one match a year. Only Navratilova got that far, she stated.

May 23rd, 2002, 09:43 PM
Oh no :( I hope Andy is ok!

May 23rd, 2002, 09:59 PM
Thanks Pierce0415,

If you want to see french players, watch tv on sundays afternoon, it's a special Roland Garros show (on France2), there will be a show with all the french players, Mary, Amélie, Sébastien, Arnaud, Guy, Yannick..................

If you want to know more about the time check my thread on Mary forum. :wavey:

:angel: :angel: :angel:

Williams Rulez
May 24th, 2002, 12:47 PM
This will not be Monica's last... :fiery:

Brian Stewart
May 24th, 2002, 02:43 PM
Looks like Momo could use a new coach. Jeez, 6-0! Did this guy ever play on the ATP tour? If so, I'm sure they've now expunged his records to preserve their "the one millionth guy could beat the top woman" claims. :)

Is "Loïc" the equivalent of "Dewonder"? :D