Former world No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo is determined to get immediately to work and do a good job as the new French Open tournament director. French tennis legend Guy Forget resigned as the French Open tournament director on Tuesday.
Forget had been the French Open tournament director since 2014. It didn't take long the French Tennis Federation to find a replacement as on Thursday they named Mauresmo as the new French Open tournament director. "First of all, I’m going to meet with the team, get to know them, take stock of the terrific work they do.
I’m going to get stuck in straight away. I can’t wait! I’ve talked at length with Gilles and Amélie [Oudéa Castéra, director general of the FFT] about my role. Its scope will be very wide," Mauresmo said, per the Roland Garros website.
"Given my background, there are things that will come more easily, like the relationship with the players, with the media, our image in terms of our partners… But I wanted wider-reaching missions. I want to put forward ideas about other subjects."
Mauresmo focused on the sporting aspect
"The sporting aspect is, of course, my primary concern, but I also want to get involved with subjects like the stadium’s occupancy rate, the responsible and philanthropic aspect of the tournament, tennis for health, the environment… These issues are very important to me, and I have already brought them up in our discussions because I want to get involved in all that," Mauresmo added.
"We found that we were on the same page about the majority of these subjects. Not all, but that’s completely normal! We will work on continuing what Guy [Forget, the previous director] and his team put in place, but the general idea is to go that step further." After retiring from professional tennis, Mauresmo coached Andy Murray and Lucas Pouille.