Quotable Quotes: Momosapiens.
So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye…
Players gathered in Paris to give defending champ Amelie Mauresmo her grand farewell.
Is that Tati Golovin I spot, rocking a pair of killer boots? And Flavia Pennetta, showing off her new Adidas contract? How about Nutty Patty, trying to blend in amongst the French players?
Mentioning the French players, where’s the Hamster? Or Aravene Rezai?
On a scale of Marat Safin to 10, the farewell ceremony scored high marks. It was classy, it was touching, and unlike the Hippo, Mauresmo was emotionally invested. There were a lot of tears…
And plenty of memories to reminisce …
Elena Dementieva was all class in her eloquent speech in French to Momo.
Je me sens triste. (…) En tant que personne et comme joueuse, tu resteras dans les mémoires. Il y a une génération Mauresmo.
I feel sad. As a person and as a player, you will stay in our memories. There is a Mauresmo generation.
Franny followed with a speech in English, declaring to a laughing crowd:
You were too strong, don’t come back.
Urgh. Love her.
But in the end, there were smiles all round as Momo confirmed that she wasn’t remotedly interested in ‘pulling a Belgian‘.
“Aujourd’hui, je peux dire sereinement que je ne ferai pas de come-back (sourires). Je profite.”
Today, I can say calmly that I won’t come back (smile). I’m enjoying life(?).
And you know what? I believe her.
Unlike Justine and Kim, Amelie Mauresmo has no unfinished business left in this sport.
Au revoir, Amelie. They don’t make ’em like you anymore.