At the French Open 12 years ago, Serbian beauty Ivankovic won the first Grand Slam title of his career in Roland Garros. During the current French Open, Ivanovic served as the commentator of Tennis Channel, providing his insights on the game and the players.
"I'm very happy to engage in tennis-related careers again. I actually miss it a bit." Ivanovic said in an interview with Tennis Channel. "It's hard to believe that (I won the championship) was 12 years ago. I feel as if it happened yesterday. Every year when the French Open starts, I can remember that good memory. Although the French Open this year started in October, every time I see Philippe Chatier Stadium or Susan ·Longlen Stadium, my mind is full of memories from the past. This is one of the most unforgettable experiences in my life."
In addition, Ivanovic also spoke highly of the 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams: “Serena has many beautiful qualities. First of all, I think she has changed women’s tennis to some extent. The height reached is incredible. I think she will win the 24th Grand Slam championship, which is what she wants. It is amazing that she can reach such a high level at the age of 39. , I watched a little bit of her game at the US Open and saw her moving and hitting the ball on the court. It really surprised me. She hits the ball very cleanly and with great strength."
32-year-old Ivanovic is a mother of two children. She said about family life: “To be honest, once you become a mother, your view of life changes. Things that were so important to you before have also changed. It doesn’t matter anymore, because you have someone you need to take care of and worry about. I used to be under the pressure to win every game and worry about the opinions of others or sponsors. I think that when you become a mother, all this will have Changed because you know there are more precious things in life."
When asked if he would consider coming back, Ivanovic said with a smile: "Maybe not! But I do like watching tennis matches, and sometimes I miss the feeling of being on the court, especially during major events. , But to be honest, I’m still very immersed in family life and spend most of my time with my children. I’m very lucky to have experience as a tennis player. Of course I’m also working on some other projects, but I think It takes too much energy and willpower to come back in tennis."
Speaking of the women’s singles dark horse of this French Open-Polish teenager Swatek, Ivanovic said: “iga (Swatek) is not afraid of taking risks. She also has an extremely stable performance at critical moments. This is for everyone What shines right now also brings passion to the sport. She is a new force in tennis. I feel that in the past few years, many young players have won the French Open, so maybe this year we will also see a new player. Grand Slam winner!"