Off Court with Severine

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Severine Brémond achieved a career-high singles ranking: World No. 47, following her success at the 2006 Wimbledon Championships, where the Aix-en-Provence based player reached the quarterfinal of a Grand Slam event for the first time in her career—as a qualifier. She stopped by Oakley Headquarters after playing in the East West Bank Classic at the Home Depot Center in L.A.

How long have you been playing tennis?

Almost 17 years. I started when I was 10 and started paying professionally when I was 22.

Who introduced you to the sport?

My mom brought me to a court and I started playing with her.

How are you doing this season?

Well I had a great season last year—I reached quarters in Wimbledon and was ranked 34th. This season is not as good. I am recovering from some injuries and doing physical therapy. But I need to forget about last year and just think of it as a new start. I’m now 60th in the world, but I’m quite optimistic. I have three more months of tournaments.

What do you love about tennis?

I love traveling, seeing the world. I know how lucky I am to travel and see so much. I miss my family and friends when I’m on the road, but I know I have a great life and I’m very happy.

What do you do when you aren’t playing?

I travel so much—I’m probably home 1-2 months a year. So when I’m home I just enjoy being home, spending time with family and friends. I’m lucky because I live in southern France and it always feels like holiday there.

What are your future goals?

I don’t really like long-term goals…I want to get my ranking back—30th or better would be perfect. Then I want to get into the 20’s. I just take it as it comes.

What have you been doing in California?

We went to Manhattan Beach, enjoyed the ocean and went shopping. But the best part was coming to Oakley. This place is amazing. The entry… Everything is so big. And it feels like a large family all working together.

What do you miss about Europe when you spend long periods of time in the States?

The spirit of the village. The town center where everyone gathers and drinks coffee and chats. I also miss the coffee and the bread!

Author

Tess Weaver

Date

August 09, 2007