The organizers of the Open GDF SUEZ paid tribute to Amelie Mauresmo, former world No.1 and two-time Grand Slam champion who retired in December 2009. The very touching ceremony took place on Center Court of the Pierre de Coubertin Stadium.
Amelie was joined by fellow Frenchwomen Julie Coin, Alize Cornet, Nathalie Dechy and Tatiana Golovin (I hope people still remember her), as well as Patty Schnyder, Francesca Schiavone, Tathiana Garbin, Alisa Kleybanova, Flavia Pennetta and Elena Dementieva. The widescreen was showing the highlights of Amelie’s career: her greatest victories and souvenirs from her friendships with coaches Loïc Courteau and Hugo Lecoq.
The 30-year-old, whose last career title came at the Open GDF SUEZ, expressed her love of the tournament:
I really have a special relationship with this tournament and this court. It is very moving to have to say goodbye here. I'm going to miss you all. I have one thing to say, 'Thank you!' It may be simple, and it may be brief, but all the greatest moments in my career have happened here.
Here's a short video from the ceremony:
Reminder: Check out our yesterday's post about Amelie's plans in her new life. (photos by Stephane Martinache)