Amelie Mauresmo wants some French Open fun
Even though she never enjoyed great succes at Roland Garros, Mauresmo is ready this time to enjoy her 15th appereance at a French Open.
“Coming into the clay season I’m really just trying to enjoy myself. I’ve been struggling the last few years on this surface a lot, more than on the others,” Mauresmo said.
The Frenchwoman has never made it past the quarter-finals at Roland Garros and has found it hard to cope with the expectations of the media and her adoring fans.
“It’s probably the toughest tournament I’ve played. When I think about all those years I was never really able to enjoy myself fully during this week or couple of weeks. It was not only pressure from the media but pressure from myself, hoping to do well and wanting to do well so much. So it’s always been something that has given me a lot of trouble over the years.” Mauresmo commented.
Mauresmo has enjoyed 34 weeks as number one in the WTA ranking and won 2 grand slam titles but after her Antwerp Diamond Games victory in February 2007 she took longer than expected to recover from an appendectomy and suffered a series of injuries.
She spent two years in the wilderness and thought about quitting before storming back to claim the Paris Open title in February 2009.
“It was basically almost two years of questions and thinking and wondering whether I would make it. I was thinking okay maybe it’s time to retire, it’s time to stop. It was really disturbing in the mind and feeling physically down was also something I was not used to.” she said.
Mauresmo started the 2009 season with a new coach, Hugo Lecoq, and she thinks that decision had paid off.
“I was thinking let’s go for 2009 and try to have the best preparation with someone new and see what happens. I don’t regret it at all because I’ve already had some great moments out there.” she said.
When thinking about the French Open, Mauresmo says: “I’m really trying to find the pleasure again to be out there on clay and sliding around. I’m just here to enjoy.”
She had no illusions of regaining the number one ranking but still fancied her chances in the slams.
“When you are at my level and you still have some ambitions you have to think you can do it. Of course you have surfaces that are going to suit you better than others. But I still think I can do well.
I’m not going to play every week, I’m not going to run after a ranking, I’m not going to be in the top 10 or five. It’s not my goal. I just want to live some great moments.” she said.
Asked whether she planned to continue next year, Mauresmo said: “I will sit at the end of the year and see what’s going to happen.”
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