Amélie Mauresmo, directrice de Roland-Garros : « On sera très vigilants vis-à-vis des joueurs russes »

Amélie Mauresmo, directrice de Roland-Garros : « On sera très vigilants vis-à-vis des joueurs russes »

8:00 a.m., May 15, 2022

Below the chic presidential lounge, the edges of the central court come alive. Rafael Nadal’s name, then others, spin on the LED panels for a test demonstration. A new look for a tournament (May 22-June 5) whose threads are now drawn by Amélie Mauresmo. After the successful player (Australian Open and Wimbledon 2006), the coach on the men’s circuit and the captain of the Fed Cup, here comes the leader of Roland-Garros.

Are you still reminded that you are the first woman at the head of Roland-Garros?
As the tournament approaches, it comes back a bit. I understand the symbolism, I’m very proud of it, but I dare to hope that what I have to contribute goes beyond that. And then the impact remains much less strong than when I was coaching Andy Murray [2014-2016]. There it was very hard, with violent comments. As soon as he lost a match, it was my fault. But we worked well, with great communication, and we are still in regular contact. I’m happy to see that he is hanging on and is one of the registered players at Roland-Garros.

Once appointed, you said you wanted to be a “force of proposals”. What were the main ones?
Very quickly, I proposed to modify the ceremonies. Before the singles finals, there will be a small, dance-oriented show. And the winner’s first speech will only be made once the trophy is in hand. Post-match on-court interviews have also been tweaked. The team of interviewers has been reinforced. Cédric Pioline leaving for the Rolex Paris Masters [directeur]I asked Mats Wilander and Alex Corretja to join Marion [Bartoli] and Fabrice [Santoro]. To make the moment more dynamic, the translation will be done directly on the screens, simultaneously. As for the ten evening sessions, they will be preceded by a DJ set, just to “warm up” the public.

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Are we going to strive for parity during these sessions?
My line of conduct is sporty. I said it recently during a meeting with the WTA: if there is the “product”, the female poster, we will put it forward. But even before the draw, it’s hard for me to say how these evenings will unfold. I also know that programming will make people unhappy, sometimes with some, sometimes with others.

Is making boxes less sparse at lunchtime a real goal?
It’s a big challenge, I’m not the first to tackle it. We have implemented the principle of Annexes Up tickets, in the hope of increasing attendance on the lower part of the stands when it turns out to be low. The holders of these tickets will be notified by SMS, via the application or on the stadium’s giant screens. We also worked with partners to raise their awareness. They have two tickets for one place, so that they too are invested in this filling mission, with guests spread over different slots.

I also know that programming will make people unhappy

Did you take advice from your predecessor, Guy Forget, whose exit was tense?
We talked for a long time just before I said yes. It was not easy humanly. But we exchanged without resentment. It will take more to call our friendship into question. But since then, we haven’t talked about it again. It’s good to let some time pass too.

Were you in on the secret when Wimbledon decided to ban the presence of Russian and Belarusian players?
Yes, the organizers informed us before making it official. We have taken note, but it is true that this is not our position. Even if we regularly put this subject on the table internally, we were all aligned on a policy of strict neutrality for Russians and Belarusians. They may not be able to tell, but I know they don’t support the invasion of Ukraine. Still, we will be very vigilant about what they can express, for example in the press. And not at all tolerant if a player crosses the line.

Are you not afraid of suddenly losing your general manager, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, approached to become Minister of Sports?
Yes and no. I doubt that it would interest him as it is a position that cannot be refused. For her, it would be fabulous. Since she knows all the files by heart, for us, it would be less good. And timing issue, just before the tournament, it would be hot.

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