Conchita Martínez Launches her First Official Website

10/19/2012

Conchita Martinez, Spanish tennis great and triple Olympian delves into the cyber world with her new website www.conchitamartinez.com. The Wimbledon winner opens a new window that will allow her fans direct contact with one of the world’s greatest female tennis players.

Through her website, fans will have direct access to all of Conchitas latest endeavors including coaching, sports commenting and latest appearances.  Through her site she is also introducing her wine and tennis tours in Barcelona. Whether a novice to the game or a seasoned veteran, Conchita will turn fans into pros, both on the court and in the vineyard. The site also allows access to her official social media pages; Facebook, Twitter and You Tube.

“The development of the site was no easy task. However, watching the games again, recompiling and rescuing pictures that I didn’t even know existed was so touching and I knew I wanted to share that with all of my fans” – Conchita Martinez

“Seeing the interest in Conchita Martinez, both inside and outside of Spain, I knew it was essential that a player with her type of resume should have a personal website.  The site has become a place for Conchita to connect with fans, tennis lovers and the media”, Diego Valor has added, Press Coordinator for Conchita Martinez.

‘conchitamartinez.com’, is available in both Spanish and English. Visit her site today to stay up to date on everything from the latest news, agenda and unpublished photo galleries as well as a compilation of videos from You Tube.

For a Good Cause

09/22/2012

Hi Everyone!

I am in San Francisco, California, this weekend where the Esurance Tennis classic tournament has taken place for many years. This tournament helps raise funds for the Breast Cancer Foundation as well as the Northern Light School, a center that helps disadvantage youth play tennis.

Conchita Martínez en el Esurance Tennis Classic

This event is organized by my good friend Rosie Casals . Rosie is a well known and successful tennis player who has won 14 Grand Slam tournaments 12 of those in doubles.

This will be my fifth year participating in this worthy cause. Besides supporting the charities, I also love participating to catch up with old friends that I don’t get to see very often. Seeing them each year at this event is always such a joy! They have worked very hard to create an event not only for the players, but for the sponsors and children as well. We make it a priority that the kids and sponsors have a chance to play with the pros!

This fun, tennis filled weekend usually follows the same schedule as seen below.

Friday is the children’s clinic for those who have always aspired to become future great champions. A reception then takes place shortly after with the sponsors and organizers, where the players are presented. This year we have a special treat for everyone. The Bryan Brothers will be playing! Take this opportunity to publicize your band and hear them play!

Saturday is a fun filled day full of tennis! There will be a morning tournament which will consist of a mixture between professionals and amateurs. The main event will then take place shortly after which will present some of the best tennis players from around the world. The fun doesn’t stop there! Saturday night is the charity gala dinner which supports two great causes, breast cancer and disadvantaged children.

On Sunday, more competition will take place among the professionals. When that comes to an end, the official sponsor, Esurance will provide us with a great homemade dinner. This is always my favorite part of the event because people are always relaxed and ready to have a good time!

So as you see, this weekend will be very exciting! Even though I always seem to end up very exhausted, it is all very worth it in the end. I always find great joy and satisfaction in helping a cause that I truly believe in.

–Conchita

Memories from the Olympic Games

08/07/2012

With the summer games in full swing in London, I couldn’t help but reminisce about my time at the Olympic games, as they are an incomparable experience. I have competed in 4 games, and each one was distinct and special in its own way. The Barcelona games were my first and were held in my country, with my people. It was an unprecedented spectacle that rocked an entire country. Not only were they my first Olympic experience but also my first Olympic medal. The sensation was unbelievable! It wasn’t easy dealing with all the pressure, especially when an entire nation was expecting something great from me. I’m so glad that I didn’t let my country down! It was such a privilege winning 3 medals over 4 Olympic games and I can still remember the excitement as I stepped up onto the podium.

The Olympic village was beautiful and seeing all the athletes come together in one place made me feel like I was part of a city with incredible citizens. Although I have nothing but respect for my fellow athletes and competitors, I personally did not live in the village during my Olympic involvement. I preferred to distance myself from all the commotion so I would not lose focus. (Nothing was going to stop me form winning a medal for my country!)

The Opening ceremonies were a true delight, from the parade of flags, to the lighting of the Olympic flame and the amazing spectacle of fireworks! Amazing! To see so many people united over the games, together as one from countries all over the world, is truly magical. I chose to attend only one though as all these activities are a huge undertaking and can make a significant difference on your performance during the games. As an athlete sometimes you need to make sacrifices, but you have to remember that it is all in pursuit of a medal. For me, the 3 medals I won for my country were well worth it! What an amazing feeling and one I hope many athletes are experiencing as they receive their medals in London. What an amazing feeling and one I hope many athletes are experiencing as they receive their medals in London.

A Coming of Age Tale, Wimbledon 18 years later

06/27/2012

I always feel something special when I set foot in London, but even more so this time of year when the most prestigious and oldest tournament in the world is played. Wimbledon is a unique grand slam, standing out from the others with its strict dress code for competitors and its long-standing traditions (Strawberries and cream anyone?!) It is the only major that is still played on a grass court and many players find the experience to be a bit intimidating to say the least. Although it can be extreme, when you repeat this year after year, you learn to love it and accept the fact that you have to play on a completely different surface. Preparing for Wimbledon can be very difficult especially in the wake of Roland Garros in Paris, players are exhausted and it takes incredible focus and stamina to play well at this very demanding grand slam.

The training for Wimbledon is held at Aorangi Park tucked away behind Court 1 and consists of 22 pristine courts, available to any player the week before the Championships, for an hour at a time. Of course, those who are former champions, and thus honorary members, can practice as much as they like. Players do have an opportunity to step onto the Wimbledon courts before playing their first match, but can only play for one hour total so as not to wear out the immaculately manicured grass courts.

The sensation of playing on pristine grass that almost no one has stepped on is impressive, it’s like playing on a perfectly soft rug. A few adjustments are necessary of course, each player has to modify their stroke since the speed and bounce of the track are completely different but the feeling is out of this world. It is important to approach Wimbledon with an open mind and a positive attitude, accepting that maybe you won’t be able to play as well as you do on your favorite surface.

I love to walk around the premises the weekend before the tournament starts, the grounds are beautiful! Everything is immaculate and lavishly decorated with gorgeous flowers. The Wimbledon colors of lilac, white and green are a feast for the eyes. With almost no one there you can really appreciate all the effort the organizers put into this prestigious event to make it all perfect.

This year is especially emotional for me because it is the eighteenth anniversary of my victory at Wimbledon. July 2nd 1994. I will never forget that day as the memory is perfectly ingrained in my mind, I was 22 years old. I still get goose bumps when I reminisce about getting crowned all those years ago. I am so grateful for the love and support from all of you who remember the match with as much affection as I. So on this coming of age anniversary, July 2nd 2012, let’s raise a glass and toast to our great achievements.

Salud!

Road to Roland Garros

05/25/2012

The clay court season is almost over and many of the Spanish players are sad, but at the same time, eager to make it big in Paris.  Depending on the player and how tired or how they are doing with injuries some players prefer to play the week before the Grand Slam while other players prefer not to compete this week.  This allows them to either relax or recover and to arrive in Paris as fresh as possible. The French Open is 2 very intense weeks where for 14 days you have to make things perfect, a little mistake or loss of concentration could change things quickly for the worse.
I always preferred not to play the week before Roland Garros and use that week to complete workouts and get well physically. Matches on clay are usually longer and physically more demanding.  However, with clay being my favorite surface sometimes it allowed me to win matches more easily!
The week before the French Open I would practice in Barcelona at the Real Club de Tenis de Barcelona (RCTB). The courts at RCTB are perfect and I would have to say as good or better than the Roland Garros. The people taking care of the courts are great, they know exactly what the courts need and take their job very seriously so they can boast of being one of the best clubs in the world.

I have played these 2 weeks for many years and I have seen some of the top tennis players practicing before their trip to Paris on Thursday.  Many will be traveling towards Paris with those butterflies in the stomach to be in one of the most beautiful cities in the world and practice on the courts for a few days prior to their first match.

Roland Garros begins on Sunday which is a bit different as most tournaments usually start on Monday. The organization will have to decide which matches to put on Sunday, winner will usually have 2 days in between which I do not like, I would prefere to play one day and have one in between. Two days are too long as you can lose a little bit of rhythm. My advice with this is that you cannot do anything about this factor so better go with an open mind to the possibility that you may be scheduled on Sunday. So be sure to not get angry, accept and stay positive and focused on your work.
From here I wish all of the Spanish players the best of luck, the ones trying to qualify to get in in to the maindraw and the ones that are already in the maindraw due to their good ranking. I will be in Paris as a fan suporting all of them and also commentating with Eurosport  with my colleagues Manuel Poyan and Fernando Gomez.

I can’t wait for the show to begin!!