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Tatiana Golovin: "I can't wait to be back."

Tatiana Golovin:
Mélanie PONTET
Wednesday, 11 February 2009 at 19:00
After suffering from back injury for several months now, Tatiana Golovin brings us fresh news for the Open GDG SUEZ site. The Frenchwoman is keeping her head up and hopes to make a quick comeback on the scene.   

Tatiana, how are you?
I'm good. I'm really happy to be here at the Open GDF SUEZ and see the tournament again. It brings back some really good memories from when I played really well here. And it's true that I can't wait to come back.

How is your health doing right now?
Well, it always takes some time to heal correctly and get back into shape. But I'm keeping my fingers crossed and doing what it takes to come back as quickly as possible.

What exactly is bothering you?
I suffer from lower back inflammation, and it requires lots of therapy, treatment and rest. You have to be especially patient.

Aren't you getting impatient?
I'ts not too bad. I try to stay as busy as possible. I'm going to go back to my management classes. I try to get interested in a lot of other things.

When do you think you'll be completely healed?
Well, for now, I'm living day by day. I'm making my back my priority and it will take as long as it needs to heal. In any case, I'm staying positive.

Rumour has it that you might end your career...
Those are just rumours; it's too easy to say such a thing. I'm just taking my time to get better.

You've been back on the GDF SUEZ team for one year now, how are things between you and your sponsor?
Good. Women's tennis is really lucky to have such a good sponsor who brings us so much support and who understands it so well. I hope that we'll continue the adventure together for a long time.

What's your forecast for the tournament?
Serena Williams and Elena Dementieva have always played really well here. But there's also Amélie (Mauresmo) of course. And why not Alizé (Cornet) as well? And there's Jankovic. Anyway, the tournament is full of good players; there will be lots of good matches to watch here.

Are you going to follow the tournament and come watch some games?
I'm spending two or three days here, I'll probably watch it on TV.

Can Serena Williams stay World Number 1 for a long time?
I think that she should. But now, with some players who aren't playing any more, if she stays in shape and keeps on playing like she is, she will stay at the top and she deserves it.

Do you think that Amélie Mauresmo can come back amongst the best?
I hope so. I think that it must be her goal if she is still playing. She works really hard at it and I wish her lots of luck and courage.

You spend quite a bit of time in London, do you like that city?
Yes, I really do. I know it from Wimbledon. What I like, is that it's a European city, but English is spoken, which is convenient for me. But I'm still impatient to get back to training and to my career.

Do you prefer Paris or London?
Paris of course, it's simply unique!

Tell us about your swimsuit photo shoot for Sports Illustrated?
It was really great. We spent a superb week in the Dominican Republic with a great staff. I really like the photos we took. It was an unforgettable experience. I liked it because it was totally different from what I'm used to as a tennis player. Everyone was really nice and it makes me want to repeat the experience.

Would you like to do it on a regular basis?
Not regularly, since it's not my line of work as a tennis player. But from time to time, it's a good experience.

Is it something you could imagine doing in the future?
I don't think so, because models have been posing since they're very little. It's a lot of work. For now, I'm not thinking about that.

Do you like the Internet?
Yes, I love the Internet, and e-mail, especially with my Blackberry. You've got to stay connected!

Translated by Amy Davenport

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