Tati has announced in an interview on L’Equipe 3 days ago that she will not be playing anymore this year. She is getting better and better but just does not want to get injured again by coming back too soon like she did previously this year. Here comes a translation of this interview :
How are you doing, Tatiana ?
I have the feeling I am on the good way. I know what is the problem now, I am getting better. I feel good meentally. The season is over for me and I hope to come back next year.
You have probably had ups and downs…
Many, many downs, and a few ups. When you play tennis, you have the feeling that you are only doing this, that you only stop during 2 or 3 weeks to breathe. And suddenly you cannot play anymore. You do not know what to do anymore, you feel a little lost. But I have always stayed hopeful. Now, I am feeling way better because I know that in a couple of months, in Australia, I will be back. I have enough time to heal completely.
What kind of injury is it actually ?
There is an inflamation at the sacrospinalis-iliac crest which is hard to get rid of. It results of a general bad health. Acutally, my back injury is just the consequence of a "bad" health and immune system. Therefore, I am often doing blood tests to see if I am not lacking anything. First, I had to improve lots of things, but the last blood tests have been pretty satisfying.
Some people in the tennis world were talking about a retirement..
I am too young to retire now. If I had had these problems at 27 or 28, it could have been the case. At 20 years old, there is no way I stop now. Perhaps we have lost some time at the beginning with wrong diagnosis, but I am not dying !
Was it really nessessary to have surgery in March ?
The double-surgery (ovary cyst and appendicitis) was nessessary anyways. After the surgery, I thought I would have enough time to get in shape for the French Open. I started to practice again, and at this moment it was just great. But everything quikly changed when I realized at Cagnes and Berlin that I was suffering from my back as much as I used to.
However, you were still hopeful for the Olympics, weren’t you ?
Some people told me that when you cannot play, it is good to set goals about the come back, etc. I was dreaming about Beijing. I had been back to the practice in July, during 3 weeks. Perhaps it was not enough, but I was really hitting the ball well and I was just so motivated to play. When we landed at the Beijing airport, I was 100% sure to play. And then, after 3 days, with the trip, the jet lag, tiredness, boom ! The pain came back.
What are you doing these days then ?
I watched the US Open a bit on TV. Do not think I am not following anything. I am overall in London because Sam (Samir Nasri, her boyfriend) plays for Arsenal. I am staying with him as much as I can and enjoying the moments with him because I know that when I will be back to the tour, it will not be easy. I will probably get ready for the Australian Summer season in the United Stated. Now, I am getting fit physically and swimming.
Do you already know about your future organisation when you start training again ? Loïc Courteau is not sure to keep on coaching Amélie Mauresmo, so..
That’s right, I have always told Loïc that I was waiting for him when he is free, it would be great to have him as a coach. To me, he is one of the bests. But we will see what happens with Amélie. As for now, the main goal is to get the shape back.