Caroline Garcia: “I stayed in my thing”

Caroline Garcia: “I stayed in my thing”
Caroline Garcia: “I stayed in my thing”

What is your feeling after your winning entry in Rome against Elisabetta Cocciaretto?
I’m happy to pass. It was a complicated match against an Italian, on center court, for a first draw match. I am happy especially with the state of mind, the attitude. I remained calm, focused. When things got complicated, when she became more aggressive, when I found myself behind in the score, I didn’t get angry, I stayed in my thing. This is good management.

Maintaining this serenity, this appeasement in important moments, has this really been your main focus of work for months?
Yes, that’s what we want to focus on. It will help me with my style of play, my consistency in the match, over the months. That’s what matters most to us right now: always having confidence in my game and training in that direction.

“Ivan (Ljubicic) comes quietly, gives some advice and it feels good

Your quality of service (11 aces and 86% of points behind the first ball today) also allows you to restore a lot of situations?
It’s certain that it’s been a weapon in my game for a very long time and it’s a weapon that we take the time to work on a lot. In important moments, if you are ready, in your head, you know you can rely on it. This is also why, in return, I allow myself to put pressure on myself all the time.

We saw Ivan Ljubicic (high level director at the FFT) in your box alongside your coach, Bertrand Perret, during this match. Does this mean that you are seeking external observations?
I didn’t really know him until Indian Wells. There, it was the first time that he commented a little on my match with Bertrand (Perret) and that he had, for once, an opinion on the same wavelength as where we want to go. Compared to his career as a player and coach, it was super interesting. Every time he was at the tournaments and if he was free, he had the doors wide open! Bertrand, like me, wants to learn from outside people. We don’t think we have the magic recipe. Ivan comes quietly, gives some advice and it feels good. In Rouen, he watched all my matches and he wrote to us afterwards. The first time he spoke with Bertrand in Indian Wells, he told us: “That’s it, I understood Caroline’s game, in fact she’s not aggressive enough! » Bertrand fell out of his chair a little and said to me: “You have to sit down with Ivan at all costs (smile)”.

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