Road to Roland Garros
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!!