The link to the French translation for Kezzy http://arnaudclement.xooit.fr/t71-In...ault.htm#p3003
I hope there are not too many errors, I'm not sure of my english (and my spanish too) especially the last sentence and the questions lol
How do you feel as the new Davis Cup captain ?
It's amazing but it's also a huge responsability. At the moment it's a bit special because I'm playing my last tournament, I play today...I will have to take a real break this summer in order to think about everything. In my mind each day I'm more in this new role.
How has been taken the decision ?
At the beginning it comes from the French press. When Guy announced that he would no longer be the Davis Cup captain, the press began to ask me if I was interested. I told them that if the players want me I will be ok. The appointment took place quite early this year so I have a lot of time to prepare the next campain and that's a good point.
Is it difficult mentally to be the captain of players who were playing with you before ?
Yes, it is. That's the reason why it's important for me to have 6 months because I need time to be in this new role. The relationship with the players will be a crucial point. I know it will be very different than when I was a player like them and it will be probably strange for them too.
What Guy Forget told you about your decision ?
He was very happy for me. I know he trusts me to replace him and it's important because he was an incredible captain. I have so much respect for him and what he did, he's also my friend. He will be a good exemple to follow.
We have the impression that the team is really united...the players, Forget, Di Pasquale...Is this real ?
All the players are friends and French tennis in general looks like a big family. It's pleasant to be a part of it.
What are your best memories as a Davis Cup player ?
Mmm...I did'nt play it because I was the fifth guy but it was the final in 2001. It was fantastic to see Nicolas and the others played amazingly and it was in Australia, in Melbourne park, on grass. It's unforgettable.
And what about the final in Serbia ?
This victory in double was a good match. We turned at 2/1 which was a good position but we lost the final. Even if I played well it can't remain a good memory because we lost the tie at the end.
After 16 years on the Tour, what are the best memories of your career ?
To play the Davis Cup has always been incredible especially this final in 2001. I also keep in mind the semi final in 2002, at Roland Garros, on the Philippe Chatrier court. And maybe my final in single at the Australian Open in 2001 or when I won in Marseille in front of all my family and my friends.
What was the key to play all these long matches until the age of 35 ?
I played a lot of long matches because I did'nt have the choice (laughs). You know when you're not a tall player with a big "weapon" as me, you have to be good physically. I tried to be in the best conditions, to prepare myself as best as possible if I had to play 5 hours.
At home there were a lot of sports (his father played football and his mother played handball), was it natural for you to become a professionnal player ?
Yes, to do sports was natural. My parents helped me a lot but they did not put pressure on me which was a major help in my career. If they they had not been by my side I will never be where I am today.