i konw they are all the same, but i still like reading them..i think its good how often he does them.
Seb, what have you been doing since your first round USO loss?
I’ve been resting for 10 days and just spent time with my family. I’m not going to put off going back to training. I have to push myself and not slack off when I get back to competition. Next week, I’m going to get back on the court as well as continue physical training. Thierry is going to send me the program this weekend.
Your loss at USO wasn’t too hard to swallow?
No because the day after it, I was already at home with my kids and my wife (Thierry just said in that after interview that he was REALLY disappointed…?!!!! ), and because of that I was hardly even thinking of tennis. I have got to be honest though, with my elbow injury, I wasn’t ready to play that well in any tournament. I lost against Delgado which was a match where I should have won but even if I did, I would have had great trouble the round after. My elbow was giving me a lot of problems.
You didn’t regret that you had two match points that u didn’t consolidate?
I was handicapped. Even if I served properly, I would have had more and more trouble after all of it. I tried to change my serve a bit to relieve the pain in my elbow but because of that, my game was completely upset. I had heaps of foot faults and double faults. It was a shame to have left the tournament so early but on the other hand, it was good in the way that it also let me take time off to relax and get ready for the end of the season.
Did you have any tests done (on the elbow)?
No, I needed to rest and that’s all. I know that the injury wasn’t aggravated so I didn’t need to. But yeah I’m going to the Medical Centre in Paris on the 22nd of September when I arrive in Paris.
But you aren’t scared that the pain will come back when you start hitting up again next week?
In my opinion, when I start practicing again, it should be ok. It’s the serve that can aggravate it. It’s the thing that will hurt it the most. It’s opposite to what Fabrice Santoro had, because I only have one inflammation (it’s a one off thing). For Fabrice, it’s re-occurring, so it’s less serious for me.
Will you make your return in the Tokyo tournament?
Yes, I have to. I tried to change it to the one in Metz, but the ATP didn’t want me to because it’s not in the same tournament category. My departure for Tokyo should be on the 26th of September. Thierry is going to accompany me and we will come back together for Lyon, Madrid, St-Pétersbourg, Madrid and Bercy.
After your first round defeat at USO, your qualification for the Masters Cup is a bit doubtful…
I no longer have a choice. I will have to play well in Madrid and in Bercy. I had to win my place there in 2001 and I had to play well at the end of the season (he won Bercy that year before qualifying for Masters Cup in Sydney).
I’m going to find myself in the same situation this year, being ranked at about 14th .
Thierry Tulasne confirmed last week that you will be keeping your collaboration next year.
Actually, we made that decision during Wimbledon. The National Technique Director asked me what I wanted to do and obviously, I told him I wanted to continue working with Thierry. We get alone really well; the feeling between us is good on and off the court. There’s no reason we should stop working together.
And like you said before US Open, you are going to make some changes to your 2004 program.
I’ve had two consecutive years where I’ve been injured during the same time of year, in Davis Cup. During each other these periods, I came to Roland Garros with absolutely no preparation. So I didn’t say it was BECAUSE OF Davis Cup that I injured myself, but it’s because of the calendar and I’m going to try and find a solution. I think that maybe skipping the second round of DC would be one of those solutions. I’m thinking about it for the moment, and I’ll talk about it to Guy Forget at Lyon.
So you’re not going to completely omit Davis cup 2004 in your program?
My intentions were wrongly interpreted. I was talking about skipping the SECOND ROUND and the journalists thought that I wanted to not play the whole year of Davis Cup. It’s true that it would be more ‘controversial’, but yeah, no.