Australian nice Sam Stosur is becoming a member of the 9 Community remark group for this yr’s Roland Garros event.
Melbourne, Australia , 27 Might 2023 | Leigh Rogers
Sam Stosur’s Roland Garros arrangements are having a look a bit other this yr.
The Australian nice, who retired in January, will sign up for the 9 Community’s Melbourne-based remark group for the Grand Slam event.
“I’ll no doubt be staring at carefully … simply another way this time,” Stosur stated.
“I’ve already achieved a bit bit (of remark) through the years all the way through my occupation, however that is my first time doing it in point of fact severely the place you’re there the entire evening, no longer simply popping in after your individual fit.
“It’s going to be a fascinating couple of weeks. Running throughout the evening right here goes to be slightly other, however I’m in point of fact having a look ahead to it. It’s a recreation that I clearly love and performed for see you later, so it’s nonetheless a strategy to be concerned and experience what the French Open has to provide.”
Stosur made her Roland Garros debut in 2003 and has been certainly one of Australia’s maximum remarkable and constant performers on the clay-court main during the last twenty years.
She was once a singles finalist in 2010 and a semifinalist in 2009, 2012 and 2016. She additionally loved good fortune in doubles, shooting the 2006 name along American Lisa Raymond.
“It was once most likely my favorite Grand Slam to play at,” stated Stosur, who collected 75 fit wins in general throughout 18 appearances at Roland Garros. “I’ve many, many nice reminiscences there of fits gained and misplaced.”
Whilst the 39-year-old admits she has “a slight little bit of FOMO (worry of lacking out) no longer being in Paris at this time”, she does no longer remorseful about her choice to retire from competing.
“Up to I will be able to, I’m positive, pass over being in Paris this yr, I do really feel adore it was once the proper time,” Stosur stated. “I haven’t regretted that call in any respect.”
Stosur has embraced “being house and doing all of the customary issues”, in addition to taking part in some circle of relatives vacations.
“It’s such a lot more straightforward to trip with out tennis racquets,” she laughed.
The eight-time Grand Slam champion, who peaked at global No.4 in singles and global No.1 in doubles all over her stellar occupation, has additionally supported Australian gamers Ellen Perez and Stefani Webb all over their contemporary coaching blocks in Melbourne.
“The days I’ve been out on courtroom doing a bit bit of training and mentoring, I’ve cherished,” Stosur stated. “I nonetheless experience hitting however I don’t really feel like I wish to do it for myself anymore.”
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A full-time foray into training is an opportunity – however no longer but.
“I wouldn’t say no. If any individual requested me the next day, I wouldn’t have the ability to do it, however I by no means wish to rule the rest out,” stated Stosur, who has a two-year-old daughter.
“Tennis has been my entire lifestyles. I experience enjoying. I experience staring at the game, seeking to determine the right way to win, the right way to do issues higher.
“I’m in point of fact having a look ahead to doing extra of that once I will and getting as concerned as imaginable.”
The 9 Community’s protection of Roland Garros, with additionally contains remark from Todd Woodbridge and Jelena Dokic, starts the next day at 6.30pm AEST.
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