Former Australian and French Open champion Mary Pierce says she would love to have children and would also consider adopting but is waiting for the right man. Speaking to Outlook India, the former World No. 3 Pierce says, "I always thought that at 30 years old, I'd retire, get married and have some kids.
But obviously that didn't happen because at 30, I was still playing. And yes, I had one of my greatest years. So I am still waiting, but you know what? I haven't found the man. I would love to have kids. If I couldn't have kids I would probably adopt as well.
But first have to find the guy" The 45 year old Frenchwoman says she has been playing tennis regularly for the past one year and has also been coaching in Mauritius, where she is based now. "I am vegan (she had idlis, white rice and bowl of soup with broccoli and beans for breakfast) and my bodyweight hasn’t changed much from my playing days.
My left knee that effectively ended my career is absolutely fine now and I have been playing again for a year. I do a lot of coaching in Mauritius. Pierce, who was in India to as the Brand Ambassador for the Roland Garros Junior Wild Card Series event in Delhi, says that the French Open remains her favourite tournament.
"Roland Garros is my favourite tennis tournament of all times and it's my favourite Center Court on earth. It’s like my backyard and it's like being at home for me. We moved from the US (Mary’s dad Jim was American) to France when I was 13 and that’s when the decision was made by my family that I would represent France (Mary’s mother Yannick is French).
And so I did. I played Fed Cup, won twice, played the Olympics thrice in my career. But winning the French Open in 2000 was special. To win a Grand Slam in front of your family, friends and countrymen was dream come true. And I'm very proud of the fact that I'm still the last French player to have won the French Open.
It’s been 20 years and that’s just incredible." Speaking about the junior wild card event itself, Pierce says, "I am very happy to be back in India to promote grassroots tennis. I remember Sania in 2003.
She became world No. 1 in doubles. This is a great opportunity for Indian juniors to qualify for a junior Grand Slam in June."