French Open allows Russian players to participate, no one knows tennis better than director Mauresmo

    French Open director Mauresmo is a famous female tennis player.

    French Open director Mauresmo is a famous female tennis player.

    This Sunday, the 2022 French Open will be played at Roland Garros, southwest of Paris.
    A few days ago, tournament director Amelie Mauresmo reconfirmed that the French Tennis Association is in line with the WTA and ATP, allowing players from Russia and Belarus to participate in this year's tournament, but the players of the two countries will not be shown their nationalities and national flags during the match. The national anthem will not be played even if the championship is won.
    Unlike Wimbledon, which directly announced the suspension of Russian and Belarusian players, Mauresmo, the former world number one with two Grand Slam titles and a WTA year-end finals trophy, has comprehensively weighed everything that has happened so far. Hope To convey an attitude through the French Open, so as to make tennis return to the essence of tennis and competition as much as possible.
    It's a shared feeling among athletes, and it's what a large group of players, including her, have in common who have served as WTA and ATP event directors after retirement - they know their players better, which is an innate advantage. Mauresmo won two Grand Slams in his career.

    Mauresmo won two Grand Slams in his career.

    Born July 5, 1979
    Current Director of the French Open
    Compared with the previous Wimbledon policy of "banning all Russian and Belarusian players from participating", Mauresmo and the French Tennis Association appear to be more gentle and humane in the complex international situation.
    Their "green light" allowed Medvedev, currently ranked second in the ATP standings, and Rublev in seventh, as well as Sabalenka in seventh and Azarenka in 15th in the WTA standings. Waiting for many famous players to have the opportunity to appear in Roland Garros.
    As the 2006 Australian Open and Wimbledon women's singles winner, Mauresmo, born in 1979, has a strong single-handed back and forehand topspin on the court. After retirement, he has served as many players including Andy Murray, Lucas Coach Pouilly and captain of the Davis Cup in France.
    Although not able to win the Grand Slam championship with the Scots, Murray won two Australian Open runners-up during the period, and thanked her specially at the award ceremony, saying that "women can also be excellent coaches". The French also praised Murray for daring to cooperate with female coaches in a male-dominated environment. "This requires enough courage."
    In December 2021, Mauresmo was appointed by the French Tennis Federation as the Tournament Director of the French Open and became the first female Tournament Director in the history of the French Open and the second after Stacey Alast of the US Open. A woman named Grand Slam tournament director.
    "Very proud to be the first female director of Roland Garros, but I also think it's important to emphasize why I'm here, there are factors other than gender. Because at the moment, it doesn't matter what gender you are, What matters is how capable you are." David Ferrer.

    David Ferrer.

    Born April 2, 1982
    Current Barcelona Open Director
    David Ferrell removes the headband and places it on the "T" point of the court.
    On May 18, 2019, he said goodbye to tennis after a grand retirement ceremony was held for him by the Organizing Committee of the Madrid Masters.
    For the Valencian who was born in 1982, he had already thought about the time and place to leave the court. In July 2018, he said that the US Open would be his last Grand Slam tournament. But the real goodbye should be in Spain. At that time, his ATP World Ranking had dropped to outside 100.
    But ranking and age were not the main reasons for his decision to retire. The birth of his son and his longing for a new life replaced tennis and occupied the most important part of his heart. "I'm very happy, I'm ready." He said this, then turned around, leaving the ATP arena to the old and newcomers.
    Since turning pro in 2000, Ferrer has won 27 ATP singles titles, reached one Grand Slam final (2013 French Open) and four Grand Slam semifinals (2011 and 2013 Australian Open, 2007). and the 2012 US Open).
    In September 2019, after enjoying more than a year of retirement, he was named Barcelona Open tournament director, taking over from French Open champion Albert Costa.
    "Becoming the Tournament Director of the Barcelona Open, both as a player and as a tennis fan, is an unimaginable achievement and an extremely exciting challenge in my life," said the new Director.
    "Even though I lost to Nadal four times in the final, I think we'll keep going with the tournament." Tommy Haas.

    Tommy Haas.

    April 3, 1978
    Current Indian Wells Open Tournament Director
    In the Coachella Valley of southwestern California, there is a small town called Indian Wells, where the Indian Wells Open is held at the WTA1000 and ATP1000 levels.
    The owner of the event is Oracle co-founder and chief technology officer Larry Allison, and the event director is former ATP No. 2 German Tommy Haas.
    In addition to the financial resources and fame within reach, this powerful combination also has a unique advantage in terms of contacts: the former is Nadal's cross-border friend, and the latter is Federer's good buddy.
    In 2017, Haas, who has yet to retire, became the race director of BNP Paribas. That year, Federer defeated Wawrinka in the final to win the title.
    "I have to be fair, but I really want Federer to win. We were both very emotional when I gave him the award. He's one of the most important athletes in the history of sports, one of the best I've ever met. one."
    A year later, Haas himself retired as a player at Indian Wells Garden.
    "Yes, I'm retired. (I'm proud) I've beaten Federer in a match, and more than once." Say goodbye to tennis friends and give them a round of applause.
    Throughout his career, the German has played against Federer 17 times and won 4 times.
    In addition to the record against Federer, the German has more achievements to be proud of. Known as the "Golden Boy" since turning pro in 1996, he has won 15 tour titles with a 569-338 record for a total prize money of $13.6 million. Blake (left) presents the award to Naomi Osaka.

    Blake (left) presents the award to Naomi Osaka.

    Born December 28, 1979
    Current Miami Open Tournament Director
    In June 1999, 19-year-old James Blake decided to suspend his course at Harvard to go from an NCAA player to a professional player.
    In the following 15 years, the American who idolized Arthur Ashe won a total of 10 tour championships, the highest ranking in the world came to No. 4, the total prize amount was as high as 7.98 million US dollars, and in 2007 Join Andy Roddick and the Bryan brothers to bring their coveted Davis Cup title back to America.
    On August 29, 2013, the 33-year-old Blake lost to Croatian Ivo Karlovic 2-3 at the US Open, ending the last game of his career. After that, the Harvard economics graduate spent nearly a year thinking about what to do.
    "By convention, finance and banking are in the same direction. I imagined myself sitting in an office, and I thought it was OK. Because after more than two decades of traveling around the world, you want to stop and at some point Stay there for a while."
    But he still couldn't live without tennis, and for the next few years he became the top pundit on Tennis Channel. During this period, he got married, had children, published a book, and his life continued to move forward in an orderly manner. Until the 2018 season, he accepted the invitation of the Miami Open Organizing Committee to become the tournament's director.
    The new job is both familiar and unfamiliar, but no matter what challenge he faces, he does it with ease.
    "We're making history," said Blake, the 38-year-old "first-year director," as he worked with the organizing committee to move the event from the Claydon Park Tennis Center on the offshore island of Key Biscayne to the NFL Ballroom. Home of the Miami Dolphins - Hard Rock Stadium.
    In March 2019, Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Federer and Djokovic attended the unveiling ceremony of the remodeled new stadium. Against the blue field and background, the 4 Grand Slam champions had an immediate impact on this piece. The venue that is about to debut expressed appreciation.
    "Having a tennis court 'embedded' in a football field is unheard of," Blake told USA TODAY. Fresh, while giving us high marks.” Fei Lopez (centre).

    Fei Lopez (centre).

    Phi Lopez
    Born September 20, 1981
    Current Madrid Masters Tournament Director
    The tournament directors of Miami and Indian Wells are retired players, but Feliciano Lopez, the director of the Madrid Masters, is still on the field with young opponents.
    Compared to the "peers" of the same period and later, the Spaniard is the only active player among them.
    In 2018, the Spanish tennis legend Manolo Santana, the director of the Madrid Masters, decided to "retire", and the burden was handed over to Fei Lopez - the latter known as the "beautiful" with 7 tour championships, the world The highest ranking has reached the 12th place, and he has entered the quarter-finals of the Grand Slam men's singles 4 times.
    That year, Fei Lopez successfully brought the 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer to Madrid's "Magic Box Stadium", which was the Swiss's first return to the clay-court season after a lapse of three years.
    "It's no secret that Federer is the best player of all time. His return is a gift from the tournament, but it's important that the fans get to see him in person."
    In addition to attracting Federer to compete, he also held a moving retirement ceremony for Ferrer.
    Santana, Federer, Del Potro, Cilic, Thiem, Moya and Nadal lined up, applauding Ferrer who walked towards them from the tunnel.
    That scene touched many people, and some people asked Fei Lopez, who is the same age as Ferrer, on social networking sites: "So will you consider retiring?"
    "I think I can hold on a little longer until you don't want to see me on the court... wait a minute, you don't really think so, do you?" Ferrero is currently the coach of Alcaraz.

    Ferrero is currently the coach of Alcaraz.

    Born February 12, 1980
    Former Valencia Open Tournament Director
    Spanish competitions seem to have a tradition of hiring players as directors, and Fi Lopez's "predecessor" is Ferrero.
    In 2012, the 2003 French Open men's singles champion and former world No. 1 retired at the Valencia Open. In the era of players, his light style of play, handsome face and slightly melancholy temperament won the love of many fans for Ferrero; after retiring, his life was also colorful.
    In Alicante, he and his mentor Antonio Martinez founded the Juan Carlos Ferrero Elite Tennis Academy. In southern Valencia, he invested in and co-designed a luxury hotel with a spa and library.
    Since then, he has also coached Almagro, joined A. Zverev's team from March 2017 to the summer of 2018, and has coached Carlos Alcalás since 2018.
    It is worth mentioning that he "re-employed" at the Valencia Open the year after he retired, becoming the director of this hometown tournament.
    "The Valencia Open used to be a clay-court event, and now we want to make it a world-class ATP500 indoor hard-court event. We will do our best to achieve this goal."
    However, due to the decline of Spain's overall economy, the Valencia Open ultimately failed to "have a good future" as he expected. In 2016, the event was "transferred" to Antwerp, Belgium, where it sold for 2 million euros.
    Although he is no longer the Tour's Tournament Director, his partnership with Alcalás is shining brightly.
    In March 2022, the 18-year-old Spanish prodigy defeated Norwegian Gaspar Ruder in the final of the Miami Masters. After cashing in on the match point, he ran up to the stands as fast as he could, jumped over the guardrail to hug the coach.
    When the young disciple let go of his hand, Ferrero, whose eyes were already wrinkled, couldn't help but wipe away his tears. At this moment, the 42-year-old is no longer the French Open men's singles champion and former world number one, but a coach, a senior, a mentor, a father and an older brother. Soderling.


    August 14, 1984
    Former Stockholm Open Tournament Director
    Two-time French Open runner-up Robin Soderling stands out among the list of players who have served as tournament directors.
    He once defeated Nadal in the fourth round of the 2009 French Open men's singles, which was the latter's first defeat at the Roland Garros. A year later, he beat Federer at the same venue, ending the Swiss King's streak of 23 consecutive Grand Slam semi-finals.
    Soderling announced his retirement in December 2015, four years after his last race at Bastad in July 2011. "At one point I wanted to get back on the pitch and start training again and again, but there was no way to get back to where I was before. It wasn't an easy decision, but I think I'll get used to it."
    In fact, before announcing his retirement, Soderling had already explored in many areas.
    He has been the director of the ATP 250 Stockholm Open since 2014 and started his own tennis supplies company. Since then, he has also served as the Davis Cup captain of the Swedish national team, leading the young people to continue their expeditions.
    Although he is no longer in the post of tournament director, the experience that needs to be strategized at the management level has become a valuable asset in his life, just like the experience of the stadium.
    "While I was still playing, I was thinking about what I could do in the future. Being the director of a tournament, that experience gave me the ability to keep learning, and in the process of learning, there's always A lot of ideas come out of your head."


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