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Old Oct 25th, 2005, 09:46 AM   #1
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The real Callens interview: fully translated now!

I noticed a big thread concerning some quotes of Callens. Unfortunately they were (consciencly) mis-interpreted by Flemish TV. That's why I summarized the unimportant parts and litterlay translated the important parts about Justine, youngsters, Hingis and Navratilova. You'll notice it gives a whole other dimension to the 5 lines quoted in the previous article.

ELS CALLENS

First she explains how she started her professional career at the age of 19. In 1991 she played for the first time at wimbledon and she won her first round match without ever playing or practising on grass. She stayed with the same host family at Wimbledon for 15 years. Her most happy moment was the olympic bronze medal (Sydney 2000) with Van Roost.
she had a serious fight with Kim Clijsters about the Olympics (Athens), because she wanted to play doubles there but Kim didn't want to.

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"The title in 2001 was the climax. But I remember I was the only player who went celebrating with the coach and the rest of the delegation. The other players went right to bed. The rivalry between Justine and Kim was there from the beginning, like it existed between Van Roost and Appelmans. Kim and Justine didn't talk much to each other. At dinner, Justine stayed in a little corner far away, she doesn't speak Dutch and Kim doesn't speak French well. The communication was very difficult. Sometimes I went over to Justine to have a little chat, but it wasn't easy to speak freely. Pierre-Yves and Carlos were around her all the time. I also felt little respect from her side. She quickly thinks that everybody is against her. It's really a pity that they don't play together anymore in Fed Cup. Theoretically they could have won Fed Cup 5 times.

"Kournikova showed little respect for others, I overheard her once yelling at her driver because he was 15 minutes late. That mentality is very typical for the eastern european countries. When those players start with nothing and they go to the top, they often forget where they are coming from. Also Sharapova is not the nicest person, but her dad hangs around her all the time. Even when she wins a final, he keeps on harping on points she lost. If a person behaved in that way towards me, I would smash my racket on his head!"

"Of course there is a generation-gap. With somebody of 16 years I have no contact. Most of the young girls stopped school early and have little interesting things to tell, have little attention for culture. One has little friends in the circuit. I always got along well with Meileen Tu. In general it's a very jealous world. In the lockerroom players supported often against Martina Hingis. She could be very belittleling. I played once against her. When I made a point she lokked at me like: "how is it possible that you made a point?". She laughed at you in your face.


Els talked about how she saved a lot of her earnings and never bought unnecessary things ("only a watch, a painting and a car"). Now she is fed up with traveling.

Callens was known for her double skills. In Amelia Island 2003 she played with Navratilova. "She asked me, and of course you don't say no. It was quite an honor. Of course she tries to pick good partners. I was really nervous. She really puts a lot of pressure on you. She could get quite mad when I made a stupid mistake. (laughing): 'Why don't you hit a forehandsmash instead of a backhandsmash!!". In that sense I was relieved it was over".
With Van Roost it clicked the best. She build up the points from behind, I finished them at the net.


Callens isn't afraid to start her life after tennis. I already teach tennis and I would like to graduate as an A-trainer, with that I can also become Fed-cup-captain. Within a few years I want to apply for that job.

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Old Oct 25th, 2005, 10:20 AM   #2
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her comment about Justine doesn't sound negative at all. Jusine seems to be that kind of person. it's her character and i respect to that

hope no one bashes Els on this thread.

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Old Oct 25th, 2005, 10:36 AM   #3
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Cheers, the article shows that the quotes were deifnely taken out of context.

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Old Oct 25th, 2005, 11:25 AM   #4
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Wow what a nice thing she said about Meilen Tu. I suspect though that you probably find more frienships with the women that are ranked lower and not fighting for Grand Slams and the top spot.
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Old Oct 25th, 2005, 11:32 AM   #5
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Finally, her coments was less nasty than what it seems
It 's less funny
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Thanks for clearing that up


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Old Oct 25th, 2005, 12:05 PM   #7
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Justine is right--everyone on the tour is against her. Just like me in Hollywood, making it in tennis and in Hollywood is very hard, it's a total snake pit of vultures who want to take away anything you achieve. Only the strong and suspicious survive and it's good for Justine that she has learned this at any early age, it will keep her well in life, even after tennis.
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Old Oct 25th, 2005, 12:07 PM   #8
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Not really surprising about Martina. Any match she plays, she gives plenty of staredowns. I would think a lot of people with money and people who are in the public eye think the way Justine does . She does make a good point about the youngsters not really knowing the world yet. Meilen Tu is awesome, glad to see other people think so to . Thanks for the true translation.
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here is a bottom line of this interview: I was very unhappy during all these years, which resulted in less than mediocre career and turned me into a bitter woman. This is my pay off to all you successful biatches...
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This is not the article that appeared in the newspaper on which the teletext message was based though... This version is sweetened up, all the sections in which she was simply rude and out of line are left out. I know this because I read it myself.
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Old Oct 25th, 2005, 12:37 PM   #11
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This is not the article that appeared in the newspaper on which the teletext message was based though... This version is sweetened up, all the sections in which she was simply rude and out of line are left out. I know this because I read it myself.
Not true, this is the article which appeared in De Morgen, all be it shortened (but it takes time for such a translation - try it yourself once day ). He did not leave out "rude and out of line comments", except perhaps the Martina Hingis one.
And if you want some proof of this: I translated parts of it as well in the original thread, see: http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php...&postcount=185


BTW: smart move to post this seperately Borris, this way (some) people actually read it
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Old Oct 25th, 2005, 12:46 PM   #12
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I based myself on the article that appeared in Gazet van Antwerpen.
Problem is I've tried to look it up on their site, but I couldn't find it anywhere.
Then I went to the Sporza website where I found extracts of it, but still not the complete version. But I am sure of what I read. Two pages were dedicated to it, so it was kinda hard to miss.
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Old Oct 25th, 2005, 12:47 PM   #13
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Els you are fantastic thanks for all the good moments
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Old Oct 25th, 2005, 01:37 PM   #14
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I based myself on the article that appeared in Gazet van Antwerpen.
Problem is I've tried to look it up on their site, but I couldn't find it anywhere.
Then I went to the Sporza website where I found extracts of it, but still not the complete version. But I am sure of what I read. Two pages were dedicated to it, so it was kinda hard to miss.
Can't comment on the article in GVA, I only read De Morgen . Here is the full article of De Morgen in Dutch:
http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.ph...2&postcount=303
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Not as nasty as first reported.

But my question is, if Els really wants to be the Fed Cup captain, shouldn't she be just a little more political and circumspect? Fed and Davis Cup captains seem to be chosen primarily by who does and doesn't like you.
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