Join Date: Mar 2008
Re: Jim's Interview
After spending Christmas with family in Boeil-Bezing, the Bearnese champion took the lead from Chennai, India, which starts on Monday the new season. Before, back in 2010 on a highly emotional.
"I finished the season ill, struck by a series of viruses. I even made uncomfortable on a plane returning from St. Petersburg, causing a change in hospital in Germany. Holidays are arriving earlier than expected. So, I have completely cut two and half weeks, starting in Morocco four days a week in Italy before starting to prepare to Liege, with my girlfriend.
I returned to Boeil-Bezing a week before Christmas. it feels really good to find friends and family. I'll spend New Year Eve, studious, in India with Fred (Fontang, his coach always).
"The season has been difficult to live with lots of ups and downs, although I am happy with my final ranking, 45th.
When you arrive at the circuit, innocent, nobody knows you. You play, you win, it seems simple. But when you're expected, as other players have learned to know you, expectations are higher. I definitely put too much pressure at the start of last season. It is a lesson to ponder. The positive thing is to have however played well in the majority of Masters 1000, the most important tournaments. If I want to make a true course, it is in these big tournaments that he should shine. "
Perfs at Toronto
"I beat three top 20 after producing a very good tennis.
In the locker room before my shift, it was weird. There was Nalbandian, Djokovic, Murray, Nadal and Federer! I was there, sitting on a chair, I look and I said to Fred: "You realize, I am with them, among the best! "Nadal is very introverted, he is polite but speaks very little. The opposite Federer, who made much noise, just talk to you. He is really cool, he jokes until the last moment before going on court. Davydenko in his corner, says nothing while Murray is always surrounded by her clan. The more relaxed, it is really Federer. I look forward to finally confront it, it's still the greatest player of all time though Nadal has all the arguments for not being away from him in the history of the game, if no one gets hurt not. "
"Being seeded at Roland Garros to avoid a very 'big' input. This season, I want to better manage my schedule, not wanting to catch up at all costs a bad result next week. I play well or not, I allow myself more breaks, better train because I'm trying to change my game in my regular work in reverse, my first flight, placing the net ... Train in the middle of the season to start better then. If I am "dead" physically at the end of the year is that I'm too forward, too traveled. In tennis, if you do not pay attention, do not you ever settle yourself and you run the risk of being exhausted. "
"Last year, Alix, my girlfriend was still a student in the United States. It was complicated enough for her to follow me. She eventually quit college a year to travel with me. This year, she resumed her school in Belgium. She will join during holidays. Have along the circuit the person you love is still much better. it can better withstand the weeks away from home. "
by Jean Fauret
"Forget? Not seen the season "
"Guy Forget never called me this season. I have not seen either on tournaments. He is only when he comments to the TV. From the moment the coach tells me absolutely nothing, I am not too concerned with the Davis Cup season. When you're coach, you have more than 8 to 10 potential players to call, to maintain pressure. This is not huge, it could do, it's still his job. And it would allow players to feel a little in the team. The final in Serbia I look like a spectator who has nothing to do with the team. Forget said he would invite all the players in Serbia who participated in the adventure. I was once the 5th, 4th year before, and not a single call! Davis Cup, I really want to dispute it. It will only be the result of good results during the season. "