please do Translate the Interview For The Santi tourny??
Would Love To Know What Tommy Says About this Very special Tourny
Tommy was talking about the tournament and a lot about his friend Santi. He said Santi was a great friend of his and they used to play tennis together before Santi had a car accident that left him disabled.
Santi was quite depressed after the accident and it was tennis that helped to lift him out of depression and help improve his quality of life. Santi had the idea to create a tournament for wheelchair tennis player but unfortunately died before he could realise the dream. Tommy said he had the idea to continue with the plans Santi had already laid down as a memorial and to make his friends dream come true. Tommy said that if Santi could see what they were doing, he would be very happy.
Tommy also said it was quite hard to get the International Tennis Federation to agree to everything but he’s managed to get it the way he wanted. He said he wanted the tournament to be right after Roland Garros so he could attend and make sure the tournament was a great success. He said it was a great pleasure to able to do something like this to help disabled tennis players, who deserve much more than he does, but, unfortunately do not get the opportunity to play professionally like himself with all the glamour and luxury that comes with pro life.
Tommy said that he hopes the tournament and his foundation will help to make positive contributions to those with disabilities, especially children.
Tommy then went on to thank everyone involved (sponsors, organisers, etc) for the support they had given him. He admitted that organising the tournament had given him a few headaches but he was extremely satisfied about doing it.
Finally, Tommy said that every time he is talking about the tournament he has the same feelings as when he wins an ATP tournament.
I think he comes across as being a genuinely very good person!