Amelie Mauresmo Quotes

"The president of the French federation, Christian Bimes, is always saying he wants a French winner at Roland Garros, but if that's the case they should provide us with some clay courts. Look at Rafael Nadal. In Spain he's playing on clay courts the whole year round. Most French players learn their game on hard courts. I learned mine on wooden indoor courts. But not clay."
-- Amelie Mauresmo speaking to The Independent.

"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."
-- Amelie Mauresmo speaking with the International Herald Tribune.

"My coach told me I had to expect, you know, some long rallies and stuff. So, you know, I was ready for this."
-- Amelie Mauresmo breaking down the intricate nature of Team Mauresmo coaching strategies.

"You beat me last time in Moscow, and now it's my turn here in Philly."
-- Amelie Mauresmo, running some smack at Anastasia Myskina on the mike after her win over the Russian in the Philadelphia final.

"If you are not physically strong, it's difficult. But at the same time, I think you need something more than that; you need to vary your shots, as Justine has been able to do in Amelia or Charleston, where she beat her -- I can't remember where it was on clay. So you need this kind of thing. But of course if you're not fit, you'll never make it through."
-- Amelie Mauresmo on what you need to beat Serena.

"The more kilos you have to move around, the more it weighs on your knees. Then of course in terms of stamina, the way you move around, it's a little extra. It might not be much, but when you exercise with two, three extra kilos, you can feel a difference; it's important."
-- Amelie Mauresmo on how tough it is to move around if you're fat.

"The day I stop feeling the pressure and I'm just enjoying myself and taking it easy is when I'm 35, asking for a wild card and playing mixed doubles with Arnaud Clement." -- Amelie Mauresmo on the pressure to win in her home country.

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