Gilles Moretton, President of the FFT, and Amélie Mauresmo, Director of Roland-Garros, took stock of the tournament, which was in point to end the final between Rafael Nadal and Casper Ruud. The president delivered the key details of the event: “For the first time we will exceed 300 million euros in turnover, while in 2019, the last edition” normal “ (from before Covid), we were at 262 million euros. » On the side of the spectators at the stadium? “From 519,000 in 2019, we’ve grown to 613,500 this year.”
And what about TV audiences? No figures have been leaked on the number of people who attended the quarter-finals Christmas – Djokovic on Prime Video (which had made its access open to everyone for the occasion), but the total “It was very satisfying,” says Amélie Mauresmo. “We are the most watched tournament on the planet with 699 million hours viewed, added Gilles Moretton. It is a great satisfaction. We have an audience that exceeded all our expectations, with Sunday, May 29, in France 3, during the match between Nadal and Auger-Aliassime, a peak of 5 million spectators. We imagine that today we will also have a record in the final. » Other issues were then addressed. Selected pieces.
The strength of the negative reactions as a result of Amélie Mauresmo’s statements about the greater attractiveness, at the moment, of men’s tennis compared to women’s.
Amelie Mauresmo: “Yes, I was amazed at the liveliness of the reactions from the moment when, for almost 25 years, I consider that I have advanced the cause of women either as a player, or by training players, or as captain of the Fed Cup, or by coaching Andy Murray, where I also got the “face.” The change has never been very good. Even after training Lucas (Puglia), where he was much calmer, etc. We see that time passes. That “bad communication” maybe she’s a clumsy one on my part, but I can’t hide that it was a bit harsh to see her questioning everything she could do for women’s tennis and for women in general in society.
“Where I personally ask more questions is also about the final schedule”
Evening sessions, good or bad for Roland-Garros?
AM : “I saw very fantastic atmospheres in these night sessions. We didn’t know exactly where we were going, but the result is still there. Then there is this exhibition (in Prime Video, therefore paid) which can be problematic, although we have seen it, there are also ways to make it accessible, beyond Nadal-Djokovic. Where I personally ask more questions is also about the final schedule. We have to stop all that, think a little bit about what happened this year, start looking every night every evening, see what time it ended, how long it lasted, the temperatures too, and so on. Nor is it neutral in the sentiment of the players. See you soon after the tournament (for a reflection with the leaders of the organization). In ten days, we will spend 48 hours together to take stock. Everything will be on the table. There are already very strong feelings. We are not closed, it is not fixed. He is open to debate. In fact, it will certainly be necessary to make adjustments, adjustments.
The fact that players talk about non-sporting issues, such as Coco Gauff and firearms in the United States, Iga Swiatek and the situation in Ukraine.
AM “These people are free to do whatever they want and they are free to use the care they are given to defend causes that they believe are the right causes. I’m not here to tell you that players shouldn’t do this. “If that’s something that’s deeply rooted in them, and they want the situation to change, leave it at that.”
“When I played, I would have liked to reach the final in five sets”
Gilles Moretton “Everyone has the right to say what they think. I think that’s pretty good, because it gives them a little bit of a specific personality instead of just saying, “ I played well “, “Congratulations to my opponent”, etc. This allows us to understand them better. If they are not allowed to express what they have in the background, we will have robots, everyone will be standardized … ”
Why not the five-set women’s finals at Roland-Garros?
AM : “When I played, I would have liked to reach the final in five sets. It existed in the WTA Masters. So it was already in my head twenty years ago. I was defeated (which stops at the Master) because I would have liked to experience that. Why not do it someday. I think women’s tennis can win. Men are playing the best of five sets, you see them longer too, and maybe there’s a stronger bond with that. In any case, it can be a reflection. »
What future for the governance of the FFT, which no longer has a director general since the appointment of Amélie Oudéa-Castéra as Minister of Sports?
GM “It simply came to our notice then (the departure of Amélie Oudéa-Castéra from the Ministry) it was a possibility. He had said that it was a bit like the role of a president or a business leader to anticipate. We welcomed his appointment with great satisfaction for French sport and for the Federation. We agreed with that Amélie (Mauresmo), responsible for the tournament, was able to answer all questions; and that for my part, with the federation teams, we answered all the questions that could affect the Federation. We were in no hurry. The emergency was Roland-Garros 2022.
All of our teams were really ready to work and offer the tournament you had. Amélie Oudéa-Castéra had done a very good job and, of course, had prepared the teams well. Now, the agenda is very simple: a recruitment company will identify from next week a certain number of people who can correspond to the position, but without urgency. There is no panic in the Federation. It was agreed that the government of the Federation, ie the “PVST” (President, Vice President, Secretary General, Treasurer) assumed the general direction of the Federation. At this time all decisions are made together. We will be receiving a number of people by the end of June, before making a decision. Of course, we will associate Amélie (Mauresmo) to reflection and debate, because the direction we want to go, both on the federal side and at Roland-Garros, is important. We can set ourselves the goal of being ready in September; it may be faster, but it shouldn’t take longer. »