France, Janik, French Africa discussed on The Tennis Podcast
One to prove to the whole environment around me since I was a child. All I heard in soccer in football with good, but losing the finals. You know, we were like, we were fighting philosophy about how to lose beautifully. There's a lot of books about how to lose beautifully. And I didn't like that. There was something like, yeah, I didn't like that. I wanted to be different, I guess. And I wanted to win, but it was that I want in France in Paris with all with everybody around me, all the family, the whole people that I wanted to prove that a French can we not need, but a French can win. This is what I wanted. One not just janik's gonna win. No, I wanted to prove that me with my dreads, whatever I represented so people. But people like us French Africa, we can win. And that was deep. So I had that. And once I did it, what, actually, I felt depressed for like 6 months, I was depressed. So now everybody talk about depression, back in the day, nobody understood what I was going through. But now, you know, a lot of people talk about this mental situation of being a tennis professional. So back in the days, of course, they didn't get it. So I was like, I felt like kind of a loneliness, first as a person. And for me to even go back on a tennis court I decided to play to have a family and you have kids and just play tennis, but it was totally different. I proved myself and the people I wanted to prove to that. We can win as French people. Same way with Davis Cup when we won the Davis Cup was saying we didn't win for 50 years. 15 years, so I said, okay, I'm going to try to prove that we can win so we want that time. And then I said, okay, I think I understand I got something and we try to a few times and we want a few times. But that was like the purpose. It's important to have like a purpose, especially for us like in France. We don't have in France like we don't have a culture of winning. It's not like in the states or other countries. We don't have a culture of winning. Sports is fun. But when you are in other countries like, you know, I have American my kids are from the states. So when you go to sports to win, it's important. You try to win. Us is like more of a leisure kind of vibe. So sometimes I see some of my players and some of the players I watched now French guys. Just happy to be there. It's cool. Which is okay. No judgment, but I mean, once you decide and you declare or look at stronger, they said, I want to judge some guys said one day, when he lost in the finals at the Australian open, his first fantasy, no, I don't want to win one. I want to win many. Wow. You want to win many grand slams, man? And look what happened, you know? It's hard. And for that, not only that you have to have a purpose, but you have to have the people around you understanding. And we don't have a culture of winning in France. We don't have that. Don't have that. So he's tough. But two months, two months scale. Start today. Every day, every night, all the things all you think about is playing the east sleep every ball you hit with a purpose really thinking about the French every moment. You got to play Nadal, man. This is no, you know, this is serious. You want to be a Rafa? Rafa is taking a break right now. So when roughly, he's going to be ready. You might win a set of two in the first rounds, but coming the core is going to start playing again, you know? So you'd better be ready. So it's a big deal. Winning a French winner Grand Slam for this generation is a big deal, not like us. It was easier for us easier than she is but easier. Now you have to beat these guys. These guys are playing well. So yeah, and I always felt, even though it did great at the U.S. open for some reason, I always felt that gay could win the French. I always felt that girl could win the French. I saw him play some great matches, but always comes short because physically there's whistles something, which comes because of the preparation. Yeah, two months. Two months what it's like. Yeah, it's perfect timing. April, may, ready to go. Or maybe just may. Given these kind of foot injury. It's taking him out with all of April. I mean, it sounds like he's like us, Yannick Noah. There's a bit of him that believes, but there's also a very rational practical portion of him. I mean, in terms of the finding a reason thing, can the reason I mean, I realize, sorry, Matt, you're not the person to ask this question to Yannick. No, it probably is. Can the reason not just be I really, really, really, really want to win a Grand Slam. I'd have thought so. And I think that is now more thesis reason. I think, look, I found that I found that analysis absolutely fascinating for me anecdotally. Gael Monfils well, you know, he's worked with him. He's got an insight into his mindset. He's been his Davis Cup captain. But I think what we've been saying is there has been a shift in Monfils. In the last few months, especially the start of this year and there has been, I don't know, a realization that he doesn't want to be a highlights real player, that he wants to win one time. I just need it one time need it. It wasn't one. It was needed. And gosh, I mean, it's kind of hard because of this injury now, but Yannick Noah saying that in Yannick Noah tones, has had a way of making you think that it's possible. Coming your way in a few years. We've got, we've got the audio already lined up. Yeah, we will continue to dream while it's still a possibility in terms of injuries we've had post surgery, social media posts this week from Daniel Medvedev, who's had his hernia operation from eternia who's had that hand operation, but he's out of Monte Carlo Madrid and Rome..