Roland-Garros will always have a particularly special place in Mladenovic’s heart, and not simply because it's her home Grand Slam event. In 2009, she won the junior title – “on one leg,” as she tells Roland, an experience that has had a lasting impact on her professional career.
“It’s pretty obvious it strengthened my resolve," she said. "It gave me maturity and experience earlier than most. Since that day, it’s always very special for me to come play at Roland.”
Mladenovic is currently without a coach, though among her advisers is Serbian player Janko Tipsarevic as he makes his own way back from injury.
“I can’t really picture a coach who hasn’t had a career of his own,” she said. “Otherwise what is he bringing to the table? At the level at which we play, it’s not really the technical details that matter, let’s face it. Today, I need a good tactician with a lot of experience. What I like best is having a former player by myself, who knows what I’m going through, and who helps with his or her skills and experience.”