Sharapova has never been one to blurt out things she might regret later on the spur of the moment.She likes to control her message, her brand, all that marketing baloney.He's won the title a mind-boggling 10 times there, earning the nickname King of Clay.It's a great honor, highlighting that clay is a unique surface.Since 1974 only three women (Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf and Serena Williams) have done the French Open-Wimbledon double in the same year.Over the same period the feat has been performed by just three men (Bjorn Borg, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer).Like Nadal, she has a special place in her heart for the French Open.Nadal has enjoyed an astonishing, somewhat disproportionate degree of his success on the red clay at Roland Garros.
“If I’m here it’s because I believe I have my chance every time,” she said. You are there just to play tennis and if you are good enough and well prepared in the practices and if you work hard you are able to do anything.” Winning the French Open had been Halep’s greatest goal ever since she won the junior title here 10 years ago.
She demonstrated that again the other day at the Italian Open where, after a brief hit with Rafael Nadal on a practice court, she posted on Twitter, "Had two minutes on the court with the GOAT, was so nervous."The tweet predictably ignited a social media flame war between fans of Roger Federer and Nadal, whose followers are about as antagonistic toward each other as the fellas themselves are companionable.
So what did Federer do to deserve that subtle diss?
“Maybe this will change my vision of the pressure and everything.
I don’t know how it’s going to be, but for the moment I will be off for a few days and I’ll try just to get ready, to recover and go to play on grass.” With only three weeks to go before plays starts at the All England Club – that is actually a week more than was the case until three years ago when Wimbledon moved back a week in the calendar – it is a huge ask to expect players to peak at the climax of both the clay-court and grass seasons.