Well, I just made a quick translation and there isn't anything new, actually, so I'll post just the rough translation.
Like I said, that's a magazine with a series of articles on that topic (tennis et plaisir) and Fabrice is mentioned a lot, by other players, etc. Nothing new there, but it's nice to see one more time that people associate him with that idea.*
But the interview itself isn't so interesting, I'm afraid:
The pleasure in tennis – does that necessarily mean the victory?
All tennis players are competitors. To exist at that level, you have to enjoy the victory. But I also take pleasure in some losses. Of course you don’t if you lose all the time, but I’ve had a few defeats in my career which remain as very good memories.
Are you more into the “pain trip” like Arnaud Clément?
Yes, like Arnaud, I like the pain. I admit you need a sadistic streak to play at that level (I don’t know if it’s a mistake and he means masochistic
). When I begin to fight, I take pleasure in it. I like that challenge more than any other.
Your personal ranking in “pleasure” matters?
Since the beginning of my career in 1988, I’ve played more than 1500 matches, so I don’t remember them all. In the past few years, the most intense moment of pleasure I remember was a defeat, the one against Federer at the US Open 2005. Everything was there: New York, the night, the world number 1, 23 000 spectators. The only unknown quantity, which could have ruined the party, was my level of tennis. But I played an extraordinary match on that day, the best tennis of my entire career.
What do people say about your unusual game?
Sometimes people come to me and say: “I love watching your matches”. These are extraordinary words which help me go on. Those people give me energy.
You played on all the center courts in the world, is there anything you still miss in your “quest for the Graal”?
Hmmm… I think I’ve “closed the circle”. I’ve been extremely lucky in my career, much more than I thought I would be when I started. I’ve played on all big courts of the world, I took part to 3 Olympic Games. Let’s not forget the memorable matches in Davis Cup. What I want is to experience strong emotions in events which mean a lot to me: the Grand Slams and the tournaments in France because I won’t have many more occasions to play before my home crowd.
Slice, attacking game, volleys – why does all this disappear more and more?
It’s cyclic. As for the slice, everybody said it was going to disappear, it was over. I play only slice with my forehand and it doesn’t prevent me from playing at a high level. You can see that with Federer too. There are less offensive players because they teach the players first to hit hard on both sides, that’s all. And the second reason is that the strings and the balls have changed a lot. The whole “conditions” have been considerably slowed down.
Don’t you have the feeling that you’re going round in circles on the tour?
If I’m still there, it’s for the thrill, the “exchange” with the people. Time goes by and I need to work harder and harder to keep up those feelings. I’m still here because I love the competition, but my life certainly is richer apart from the competition.
Do you consider a career as a coach?
I’d love to work as a coach. I do think that I have things to pass on. But I can’t really imagine living in hotels day in day out.
And what about the Trophée Lagardère?
I think I will play that event. But I won’t take part for the same reason as Rios. I love tennis, that’s why I began to play when I was 6 years old, because I loved playing with the ball.
Sorry for cutting you short, but do you imply that some players on the tour don’t love tennis?
Yes, some players don’t, that’s obvious… They were able to reach that level, but the tennis world isn’t only composed of passionate people.
If you’re passionate, that means you’re a “fetishist” too? (Sorry, I don’t know how to say that in English)
I’ve got a room at home where I keep certain things. I’m 33 years old, tennis has been 27 years of my life. That’s a lot. I can’t forget all that. But I don’t want tennis to be present in the other rooms of the house.
Do your kids play tennis?
My daughter plays one hour a week. She really enjoys it, she loves playing, like she loves her piano lessons or her dance lessons. Sometimes, she asks me to play one more hour. I do it very seriously then, but I don’t want to “push” her. Tennis is my passion, not the passion of my parents. If I’m here, it’s because I always wanted to do that. My parents supported me, but they never "overdid" it (I don’t know the exact word once again)
* That's also the reason why they chose him for the cover: