Younger players need to have Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal's passion: Santoro

Fabrice Santoro is playing the Belfort Open exhibition in France

by Luigi Gatto
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Younger players need to have Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal's passion: Santoro

Fabrice Santoro is playing the Belfort Open exhibition in France. The former top 20 player said: "Since I didn't have time to play exhibition events during my career, it is very important. I love tennis, I enjoy a lot hitting the ball, it's a great sport.

It's about passion. If you want to play for a long time, you need to be really passionate like Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal." Santoro still plays tennis twice or thrice a week. "You need to work very hard to have success in tennis at the highest level." Meanwhile, French youngster, and lucky loser, Corentin Moutet defeated Dusan Lajovic in three sets in the first round of the Paris Masters.

He said: "I'm very satisfied. Then the show must go on. The fact that I already was on court today was a wonderful thing because I had lost initially. I tried to regain focus for this tournament, and I'm glad that I managed to get the upper hand and to continue on that path." On how it feels to be coachless, Moutet said: "It's not pleasant to be without a coach.

Seldom do we see that on the tour. It's not a good thing. In the short run, it could be okay, but, in the long-run, I need to have a coach to continue working to have a sound team working alongside with me. I have no choice right now. I tried to do my best, but it's not easy. I'll try to find a coach as soon as possible."

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