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Amelie Mauresmo: Roland-Garros tournament director says men’s tennis currently has more appeal than women’s tennis | Tennis News

Amelie Mauresmo: Roland-Garros tournament director says men’s tennis currently has more appeal than women’s tennis | Tennis News

Amélie Mauresmo said she was trying on a daily basis to find a female couple who had star power or a match worthy of spotlighting during the separate session which started at 8.45pm local time at Court Philippe Chatrier.

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Amélie Mauresmo is the first female tournament director at Roland-Garros

Amélie Mauresmo is the first female tournament director at Roland-Garros

Amélie Mauresmo, in her first year as Roland Garros’ first women’s tournament director, said on Wednesday that nine of the 10 night sessions at Roland Garros involved men’s matches because women’s tennis currently has less appeal.

Speaking at the traditional week two press conference to recap the clay-court Grand Slam tournament, Mauresmo said she was trying daily to find a female pairing that had star power or a match worthy of be highlighted in the separate session which began at 8:45 p.m. local time at Court Philippe Chatrier.

“I admit it was tough,” said Mauresmo, a 42-year-old Frenchwoman who topped the WTA rankings in 2004 and returned to that spot after winning the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2006.

His last major tournament was the 2009 US Open. After retiring as a player, Mauresmo became a coach and worked with Andy Murray, Lucas Pouille and Marion Bartoli, among others, and captained France for the team competition now called the Billie Jean King Cup.

Amelie Mauresmo has coached Andy Murray in the past

Amelie Mauresmo has coached Andy Murray in the past

This year’s French Open started on May 22 and will end on Sunday. The last of 10 night sessions was scheduled for Wednesday, and the only women’s game that was treated to prime time was France’s Aliz Cornet’s victory over Jelena Ostapenko in the second round.

Asked about this decision-making process, Mauresmo said in French that having only one game in each night session made it harder for it to be a women’s game only. Night sessions at the US Open, for example, usually include a women’s match and a men’s match.

“In this era that we’re in right now, I don’t feel – and as a woman, a former women’s player, I don’t feel wrong or unfair to say that, right now you have more.. . of appeal,” Mauresmo said. . “That’s the general (reasons) for men’s games.”

She added: “My goal was, when I was doing the schedule every day, to try to see, from the first round, when the draw was coming out…which game in the women’s draw can I put in there? Honestly.”

His session with reporters came the morning after 13-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal’s quarter-final victory over defending champion Novak Djokovic in Tuesday’s night session.

Rafael Nadal secured his place in the French Open semi-finals after beating Novak Djokovic in an epic battle in Paris

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Rafael Nadal secured his place in the French Open semi-finals after beating Novak Djokovic in an epic battle in Paris

Rafael Nadal secured his place in the French Open semi-finals after beating Novak Djokovic in an epic battle in Paris

The game lasted four hours and 12 minutes and ended after 1 a.m. Wednesday, leaving some of the roughly 15,000 spectators unable to use public transport to get home.

“It’s actually a key issue that needs to be addressed, and it will be one of our priorities going forward,” Mauresmo said. “We haven’t planned anything yet, but obviously we have to organize ourselves differently with the Paris Transport Department with the bus systems, with the metro.

“If we continue these night sessions in this way, people have to leave the stadium quite late and make sure they have a way to get home, as they should.”

Nadal, through the media, and his manager, Carlos Costa, directly with Mauresmo, have made it clear that the owner of 21 Grand Slam titles prefers not to play at night, due to how the cooler temperatures affect his shots. He went below 15 degrees during his quarter-final.

Asked about it, Mauresmo replied: “Rafa showed us what a great champion he is, way beyond all these considerations.”

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