You can remember that time?
Yes, I was born in a natural way, and I still have some recurrent feelings, just like in a dream.
2 half spheres made of natural rubber colliding. A loud noise. The smell of wool and cotton. A soft hand catching me. The felt tip pen tickling me. All of those memories are engraved in me.
How was your childhood ?
I first had to go through a series of tests to validate my physical aptitudes, and my resistance on the field. I can tell you that it was rough.
My diameter, my weight, my rebound, everything was measured very precisely. A single additional gram could have meant the end of my dreams.
Then, a long dry period, stuck in a dark box, without oxygen. A time that seemed infinite to me, like cryogenics. Sounds every now and then, but absolute darkness.
And suddenly, a great “Psssccchhhitttt”. Light appeared. Freedom !
How did you feel at this exact moment ?
It was an incredible feeling. After all I went through, I was finally into the world, with my dreams ahead of me.
What kind of dreams for example ?
Playing on the greatest courts, with the greatest players. Writing Tennis History !
My older sister (born 8 years before me), was working at Roland Garros, as her name “French Open” says. For me it was a lot of pressure. I had to live up to the expectations people had of me !
How do you manage to support this pressure you’re talking about ?
I’ve always felt pressure inside me. It gives me strength. Without it, I would live a boring life in a kennel of a garden in a residential area. I want to be thrilled !