Retired French-American tennis player Mary Pierce has expressed her admiration of the WTA stars who continue to stretch their careers longer and longer, most notably including Venus and Serena Williams.
For Mary Pierce, in women’s tennis, age is only a number.
Although she isn’t planning a comeback of her own, the former world No. 3 and two-time Grand Slam winner, who turned 40 earlier this year, appreciates the courage of women who have kept up with the game.
“To me, age doesn’t matter at all,” Pierce told Wimbledon.com in an exclusive interview at the WTA Finals in Singapore.
“If you’re happy with the level that you’re competing at, then go for it. As long as you’re healthy and as long as you’re loving it and hungry and want to work hard and fight, then keep doing it,” she said.
Pierce, started an early carrier, having made her first appearance at the WTA tournament at the age of 14 and having an early taste of victory, as she won her first singles trophy at 16 in 1991, she has applauded the performance of older players in the game. Admitting that the WTA’s age eligibility clause limits the number of tournament players can compete in before the age of 18. Read more »
Even when the sportspersons hang their kitbags, most of them still want to have some sort of a job in the game itself, be it commentary, punditry, writing columns, coaching or something else because the game is in their breath.
Those sportspersons are very few who totally stay away from the game after leaving it as a player. Steffi Graff is, however, of that type.
There’re so many moments Graff had on the court that she can cherish, but, she is just too occupied in her charitable stuffs and says she doesn’t often go into the flashback to remember what she did in her playing days.
However, Graf thanks Tennis as it’s only because of Tennis she met the love of her life Agassi and the association of the two has developed into a beautiful family which she loves to the core and is living a peaceful and happy life with.
According to Graf, she did all she could to be successful in Tennis and Tennis also gave him something she can’t be more thankful for. Read more »
Mary Pierce’s countryman, Gael Monfils, will have to neutralize Roger Federer tomorrow if he has to move ahead in the ongoing French Open and make the quarter finals.
This is the 13th time that Monfils is going to meet Federer on the tour.
The Swiss maestro has a lead of 8-4 over the Frenchman so far, but, the point to be noted is that quite a few times recently, Monfils has managed to run Federer close and has even ended on top occasionally.
So, Federer does not go into this as the hot favourite. It would be almost a 50-50 encounter to start with.
Talking to the press on the eve of the match, Federer also tried to suggest that Monfils is a far better player than he was a few years back and facing him these days is not easy at all.
In the words of the 17-time Grand Slam Champion, “It’s been tougher to face Gael off late. He has really grown as a player.”
Monfils’ confidence would be really high because of the fact that he already has a couple of wins over Federer this season and that too in big competitions like the Davis Cup and the Monte Carlo Masters.
Monfils also holds the home advantage. The crowd will be behind him. Read more »
Other people might be a little reluctant to have Rafael Nadal as their pick for the French Open this time around but Marion Bartoli reckons that, in spite of the poor form of the Spaniard, it will be him who is going to lift the trophy at Roland Garros.
According to Bartoli, if it had been any other tournament to be played on clay, then she might have thought twice before picking Nadal as favourite, but simply because it’s the French Open and the matches are going to be of 5 sets, it would be hard for anyone to topple the clay court king. Read more »
Mary Pierce’s countryman Gael Monfils has become such an injury prone player these days.
No player on the tour would have withdrawn from the middle of the matches as much as Monfils has done in the recent times.
In almost every second tournament, he does something to himself and goes down.
There was that same scene in Miami a couple of days ago when he could not survive a slide playing in Round no. 4 versus the Czech Republic International Tomas Berdych.
It did not seem to be that big an injury though the way Monfils talked about it later on, but, because of him being so injury prone, he might be denied the chance of playing in the Davis Cup this year.
Arnaud Clement, the man in charge of the Davis Cup team of France, might not want to gamble his inclusion for the tie versus Great Britain as there is no guarantee regarding his fitness.
Monfils’ numbers in the Davis Cup though are as good as anyone else. Who can forget his win over Roger Federer the previous year? What a great performance that was.
But, it’s hard not to worry about his fragile fitness.
Also, grass court tennis isn’t Monfils’ forte. Clement have to consider that as well.
It’s almost certain that the tie between Great Britain and France is going to take place at Queen’s club where the surface is quite grassy and quick. That might not be to the liking of Monfils. Read more »