Aussie eminent Sam Stosur joins the Nine Network commentary team for this year’s Roland Garros tournament.
Sam Stosur’s preparations for Roland Garros look a bit different this year.
The great Australian, who retired in January, will join the Melbourne-based Nine Network commentary team for the Grand Slam tournament.
“I will definitely be watching closely… only this time in a different way,” Stosur said.
“I’ve done some (comments) over the years of my career, but this is the first time I’m doing it really seriously where you’re there all night and not just popping in after your own game.
“It’s going to be an interesting couple of weeks. Working at night here will be a little different, but I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a sport I obviously love and have been playing for so long, so it’s still a way to get involved and enjoy what the French Open has to offer.”
Stosur made her debut at Roland Garros in 2003 and has been one of Australia’s most outstanding and consistent clay court players over the past two decades.
She was a singles finalist in 2010 and a semi-finalist in 2009, 2012 and 2016. She was also successful in doubles, winning the title in 2006 alongside American Lisa Raymond.
“It was probably my favorite Grand Slam tournament,” said Stosur, who has accumulated a total of 75 match wins in 18 appearances at Roland Garros. “I have many, many great memories of winning and losing matches there.”
Although the 39-year-old admits she has “a bit of FOMO (fear of missing out) not being in Paris right now”, she doesn’t regret her decision to withdraw from the competition.
“While I’m sure I miss being in Paris this year, I feel it was the right time,” said Stosur. “I have not regretted this decision at all.”
Stosur accepted “being at home and doing all the normal things” as well as enjoying family vacations.
“It’s so much easier to travel without tennis rackets,” she laughed.
The eight-time Grand Slam champion, who placed 4th in the world in singles and 1st in doubles during her illustrious career, also supported Australian players Ellen Perez and Stefani Webb during their final training blocks in Melbourne.
“I loved the times I was on the court doing some coaching and mentoring,” said Stosur. “I still like to hit, but I don’t feel like I want to do it for myself anymore.”
A full-time foray into coaching is possible – but not yet.
“I wouldn’t say no. If someone asked me tomorrow, I wouldn’t be able to do it, but I never want to rule anything out,” said Stosur, who has a two-year-old daughter.
“Tennis has been my whole life. I like to play. I like watching the sport, trying to figure out how to win, how to do things better.
“I’m really looking forward to doing more whenever I can and getting involved as much as possible.”
Nine Network’s coverage of Roland Garros, with commentary by Todd Woodbridge and Jelena Dokic, will begin tomorrow at 6:30pm AEST.
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