Bonjour de Paris! Right now I’m in the shuttle on my way back from Roland Garros to my hotel. At last I have some time to take care of my blog. Since Wednesday I have been preparing in Paris for my eighth start at the French Open. The omens are definitely different this year: For the last couple of weeks it hasn’t been going well regarding success, however, the practice sessions with Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Karen Khachanov and Jannik Sinner seemed to be promising. I should definitely be prepared for my first match on Sunday against the Spaniard Pablo Andujar…
There is no discussion! Paris is one of the most beautiful tennis places on earth. When I was a teenager I had my first victories here, I had my breakthrough into the Top 10 here, I played my first Grand Slam final here. Great memories, awesome emotions and unforgettable matches. I hope I will be able to add another chapter to this successful story.
The Corona-situation at the second Grand Slam of the year is still tense. There is no difference to last year. There are strict rules for the players, there are checks everywhere. On the venue there are only two coaches allowed per person, there is no exception, not even for record-champion Roger Federer. However, fans are allowed again – YES! The players are going to enjoy that very much. We are about to get started, it’s getting exciting!